Horrendous added to open Charlotte date of the Decibel Magazine Tour

March 19, 2012

OK, Behemoth have the authoritative death-black hybrid thing perfected. Watain has done — via literal death garb and all sorts of illicit/disgusting ingestion stuff — for black metal what the Norwegians wanted to do. The Devil’s Blood has the whole occult folk-rock-doom triangle on lock, which corresponds somewhat nicely to Watain’s own occult aspirations/bloodlust. And…

The Lazarus Pit: Angel Dust’s Enlighten the Darkness

March 16, 2012

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 head to the ever reliable…

INTERVIEW || Triptykon’s Tom G. Warrior on beauty and darkness (Part One)

March 16, 2012

Tom G. Warrior was opting out of the press circuit while haring through the UK on last week’s Defenders of the Faith tour with Cannibal Corpse, Enslaved and Job for a Cowboy, but the Triptykon mainman granted the Deciblog an audience. Of all the times we’ve been in the company of Warrior since the Celtic…

Deciblog Exclusive: New Rise and Fall Video and Track

March 15, 2012

I’m going to be brutally honest with myself and you, gentle reader, and come clean here. Folks, while I consider myself a fan of Belgium’s Rise and Fall, self-reflection regarding my actions during their last seven years of existence illustrate that I may not be as big a fan as I thought I might be….

Decibrity Playlist: Pallbearer

March 15, 2012

If you read Shane Mehling’s review in our March issue, you’ll know that we—along with most of the interwebs—hold Pallbearer’s recent debut in rather high regard. While it’s way too early to say whether Sorrow and Extinction will go on to be talked about in the same breath as a Calculating Infinity or Remission, the…

Coalesce’s Sean Ingram creates world’s first hardcourt bike polo ball

March 14, 2012

I bet you did not see that one coming. Ingram, who has his fingers in seemingly every Kansas pie available, worked with hardcourt bike polo equipment makers Fixcraft to design and market this ball because, we assume, he plays hardcourt bike polo. Personally I thought he just liked smoking cigarettes, putting band names on pocket…

Royal Thunder added to open Atlanta date of the Decibel Magazine Tour

March 14, 2012

If you were to ask us to describe Atlanta, Georgia’s Royal Thunder, we’d probably have to say, “Well, John, they sound a lot like getting your ass kicked by a ’70s-era Tony Iommi while he was a coke and HP Lovecraft bender.” If you were to ask us, “What the hell does that mean?” We’d…

Exclusive Author & Punisher Song Premiere

March 13, 2012

There’s no denying the intense visual impact of seeing Author & Punisher (ne Tristan Shone) perform using machines and speakers he has crafted himself. We’ll admit to being utterly mesmerized by it. Thus we are stoked to be exclusively premiering a brand new track—the opener “Terrorbird”—from Author & Punisher’s upcoming album Ursus Americanus on Seventh…

All Hail Professor Death Metal

March 13, 2012

Dr. Vivek Venkatesh’s office at Concordia University in Montreal is almost certainly unique in the world of academia. There probably aren’t many professors out there, for instance, who mix and match All Pigs Must Die prints and Latin salsa posters or keep vinyl collections as close at hand as research materials. And if any Decibel…

STREAMING || Hour of Penance “Decimate the Ancestry of the Only God”

March 12, 2012

Those of you who instinctively sniff the wind for the freshest über-brutal death metal should be familiar with Hour of Penance by now. Maybe you’ve been feeling a weird kinda tingle through your core mosh-muscle groups in anticipation of the imminent release of the Italians’ fifth album, Sedition. Hour of Penance have got themselves a…