Secret to Placing in Decibel’s Year-End Top 5 Revealed!

January 3, 2012

First we’d like to congratulate Tombs on topping our annual list of the Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2011. It was, of course, well deserved. Not all our readers may agree with it, but then again there’s no satisfying the most extremely extreme readership in all of metaldom. You’re an opinionated lot, and we love…

Meet the Christian Metal Bette Davis

January 3, 2012

Okay, so after the debut of this former vocalist for a “pretty large Christian heavy metal band” and her daughter on Toddlers & Tiaras, I’m starting to come around on James Durbin. The blaspheming begins at the 3:20 mark and lasts until you start emitting a Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?-esque cackle, at which point…

Late Christmas gift to self? Buy Mitch Harris’ guitars

December 30, 2011

OK, some of you won’t be reading this. No, you’ll be too busy trying out all that gnarly shit that fat Santa and his team of Jawa slaves brought you, right, cross-legged in front of a screen eviscerating pixellated alien invasions, or maybe, if you reside in the boondocks of the Southern states you’ll be…

For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Highlights of 2011

December 30, 2011

Every other Friday, Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases. Say goodbye to Father Time and hello to Baby New Year. The releases really slow down this time of year; there’s really not much for me to pecking write about, so…

R.I.P. David Gold

December 29, 2011

Having been out of the loop for reasons mostly pertaining to visiting family and cramming food into any available space in my body, I was gutted to hear about the passing of Woods of Ypres’ mastermind, David Gold. As I’m sure the pertinent details surrounding the car accident that took his life one week ago…

Dive Bombs and Dive Bars – Ramming Speed’s Guide to America’s Rock n’ Roll Venues

December 29, 2011

Reviewing music is good, but really, everything needs to be reviewed. Bands, albums, riffs, chicks, scenes, zines: all of it. And venues especially. In order to help us review anything that could ever possibly be construed as “heavy metal,” the dudes from Ramming Speed will be offering their critiques of bars, clubs and basements across…

King Diamond – “Abigail”

December 28, 2011

This is the album that solidified Diamond’s legend as not only one of the great metal vocalists of all time, but a great horror storyteller (and songwriter) with a flair for the dramatic.

Did Zakk Wylde Tell Someone to Kill the President?

December 28, 2011

No, no he didn’t. But some nutcase swears he did. James Vernon McVay, who rocks my favorite kind of tattoos- all faded and shitty, slashed the throat of a 75-year-old hospice nurse as the first step in his foolproof plan of driving to Washington DC to assassinate President Obama. And now after being caught he’s…

STREAMING: Riotgod “Firebrand”

December 28, 2011

It’s not often we bring you a bit of rock swagger. Mostly it’s darkly blasts, noisy grinds, or the brutalest of death that streams to the masses on the Deciblog. Mostly. Today, three days after an old fat dude in a puffy candy cane outfit dropped a deuce or two (socks, no-market cologne, lottery tickets,…

The Lazarus Pit: Golgotha’s Unmaker of Worlds

December 23, 2011

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, we celebrate another sunny Christmas with…