How About Some Split Cranium (feat. Aaron Turner)?

March 27, 2012

So had everything worked out just right, we’d be giving you an exclusive premiere of this track from Split Cranium. However, considering the fact the album came out last week, some of you may have already “premiered” it on your home stereo. And, as such, the “exclusive” part of this is moot. For those of…

Mike IX Williams — Live from the Corner of Devastation Street!

March 27, 2012

As above, so below. Through his work with EyeHateGod, Outlaw Order, Arson Anthem, and The Guilt of… Decibel readers have long known Mike IX Williams as one of extreme music’s most distinctive, subversive and iconoclastic voices. Less attention has been paid, however, to Williams’ similarly idiosyncratic and visionary literary output, including his excellent collection of…

Justify Your Shitty Scene: Minneapolis

March 27, 2012

“Justify Your Shitty Scene” came to me one morning just as I was starting to drag my ass out of bed: a simple play on “Justify Your Shitty Taste.” A few minutes of consideration led me to email Andrew with a pitch based on the premise that hundreds of towns–Peoria, Kiev, Abu Dabi, wherever–have extreme…

GONE FISHING: Enslaved’s most extremely extreme sportfish

March 26, 2012

When ENSLAVED‘s Grutle Kjellsson and Cato Bekkevold go fishing they don’t fuck around. It’s really not like going down the pond chasing blue gills or Tommy cats; in Norway, even the trout are built super-hench. You might have caught some footage of them catching alligator gar in Texas a few years ago, but you’ll definitely…

Martin Van Drunen’s (Asphyx, Hail of Bullets) Top 5 Death Metal Songs

March 26, 2012

#5 – Sempiternal Deathreign – “Devastating Empire towards Humanity” The Spooky Gloom (1988) Sempi were the heaviest band at that time in the Netherlands. I still consider it as one of the best albums that ever came out of my own country. I luckily had the opportunity to see them live when we were doing…

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

March 23, 2012

What’s up, beak freaks? Here’s all the hate that’s fit to spew. MESHUGGAH release Koloss, and although a lot of peeps seem to like this band, I could never really seem to sink my beak into them. That said, fans of this band will not be disappointed. You know the deal: overcompressed tech guitars play…

CULTURE VULTURES, ASSEMBLE! … Presenting Neseblod Records’ norwegian black metal exhibition

March 23, 2012

We’re just not the types to go flocking to gallery openings and digest culture of a weekend but this is different. From 29th March to 29th April, the beyond-necro Neseblood Records are curating a black metal exhibition at Oslo’s Popsenteret, chronicling the history of black metal. Whether it is the extremity of the aesthetic or…

It’s Like Fucking a Dead Whore

March 22, 2012

Alright kids, first things first, watch this: While I’m tempted to leave all commentary about Italian death metallers Fomento’s “Necropotency” in the capable hands of our Shane Mehling who, when he watched the video and listened to said tune, was quoted as saying, “Holy cocksucking Jesus,” I decided to do a little digging beyond the…

Decibrity Playlist: Astra

March 22, 2012

It’s only fitting that on the eve of Metal Blade—the home of metal legends like Cannibal Corpse, King Diamond and Gwar—stepping out of its comfort zone to release the new Astra record, we’ll now go consecutive weeks mentioning Mahavishnu Orchestra. You see, to celebrate the upcoming release of the San Diego quintet’s sophomore effort (which…

Burton C. Bell on the Storyline to Fear Factory’s “The Industrialist”

March 21, 2012

** Fear Factory’s The Industrialist is out June 5, 2012 on Candlelight Records. We spoke to frontman Burton C. Bell about the record’s storyline. “I am a being… My existence has value… My purpose right now is to relate my witness, without any bitterness or partiality, the motives of my present reality.” We can only…