Justify Your Shitty Taste II: My Dying Bride’s “34.788%… Complete”

December 21, 2010

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Herbst (Lantlôs) Interviewed

December 20, 2010

.neon has been ready for more than a year now. What took so long?Herbst: There were some problems between Prophecy and my old label. But fortunately all turned out to be cool in the end. You know, it’s very frustrating, when you work so hard on something and you simply won’t get anything back. I…

Random Number of Random Things We Gave a Random Shit About in 2010

December 20, 2010

Every other media outlet is posting year-end lists, and so are we. Why? Because 99 percent of those chucklefucks have god-awful and/or banal taste in everything, and approximately zero dB staffers power-jizzed our collective denim diaper over the Kanye West album.

The Crossroads of Voivod and Mandy Moore

December 17, 2010

I went into this piece only knowing three things about Ryan Adams: 1. He’s a 36-year old baby asshole. 2. He did the worst cover of Alice in Chains’ “Down in a Hole” that’s ever been recorded. 3. He’s married to Mandy Moore for some reason. Now while I like some Whiskeytown songs (oh yeah,…

A New Level of… Something

December 17, 2010

Let’s get it out of the way: Headbangers Ball is never going to be what we want it to be. I mean, come on, Decibel is never fully going to be what you want it to be, and we fucking rule. (Help is available for that.) As for this show, MTV’s had 23 years to…

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

December 17, 2010

Every Friday, Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases. What’s up peeps (get it)? Waldo here. This week’s upcoming releases contain at least two that have me a bit excited; so excited I may shit out an egg, and I’m a…

Slaying the Prophets

December 16, 2010

In a strange bit of serendipity, I happened to finally get around to watching Behemoth’s excellent Evangelia Heretika DVD on the same day the New York Times ran a story headlined, “Poland, Bastion of Religion, Sees Rise in Secularism.” Thus, after being flabbergasted by a tour documentary wherein Catholic politicians collude with the police in…

Minimal Progression: Strike A Chord

December 16, 2010

Until 2009’s What We All Come to Need, Decibel has had a long honeymoon with Chicago instru-metallists Pelican.

Bitter End Tour Diary I

December 16, 2010

San Antonio’s burliest NYHC-influenced face-stompers Bitter End will be on tour pretty much the entire winter. The boys will intermittently grace the Deciblog with sordid stories about the hawd koa kids today, workin’ out and opening/playing for living legends. December 9, 2010 Miami, FL Transcribed by Jacob Henderson About three winters ago, Bitter End slid…

Metal: The Illustration of Mark Rudolph

December 15, 2010

Hello fellow Deci-punters. Typically, we don’t toot our own Viking horns—well, we’ve done it before when Decibel Managing Editor Andrew Bonazelli released his acclaimed A Regular book and when Decibel Editor-in-Chief Albert Mudrian clashed swords with Da Capo Press to bring the Precious Metal book to life—but on this occasion, which is near Christmas, originally…