New Marilyn Manson = “Suicide Death Metal”

May 5, 2011

So, listening to the new Morbid Angel album got me thinking of Florida shock rock outfit Marilyn Manson. Don’t ask me why. You’ll understand on June 7th, 2011. Anyway, it was the first time I thought of Brian Hugh Warner and his band of post-apocalyptic gothic-industrial goons since, well, Mechanical Animals was the highest selling…

Thoughts on Metal Vs. Work…

May 4, 2011

After seeing this post on the Shreddit section of Reddit (where I steal much of my material), I wanted to ask the very few people who comment on here to offer their own opinions. Where do you draw the line when it comes to working for the man and maintaining your heavy metal lifestyle? Starting…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: S.O.D.’s “Bigger Than the Devil”

May 4, 2011

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…

Seek & Destroy (Cancer)

May 3, 2011

The 28,000 power-walkers at San Antonio’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last week received an unexpectedly muscular end of the trail send off from RockStar Riot, a fledgling band of civic-minded fifteen to seventeen year-olds metalheads who serenaded the crowd with impressively spot-on renditions of classic Judas Priest, Metallica, Saxon and Moxy songs…

STREAMING: Book of Black Earth “Road Dogs from Hell”

May 2, 2011

We often like to toot our own horn of death. Our horn of death is similar to the long horns Tibetans use to signal it’s time for morning meditation. Except our horns are made of flesh (goat, preferably) and bone (human, preferably) and when they resound down the vile streets of Philadelphia, the grotesque sound…

Plop Culture Dump O the Day: My Morning Jacket’s Ode to Black Metal

May 2, 2011

Photo: Roderick Trestrail “Holdin On to Black Metal” is the latest song to be released from My Morning Jacket’s upcoming album Circuital. Surprise: It’s not black metal. It sounds like background music to a 70s swingers club. These Kentucky psych-hippies recorded the track in a church. Doubt they set fire to it. “Oh black metal,…

Killing Joke – “Killing Joke”

May 1, 2011

Moored by American funk and disco, reggae, dub, krautrock and the individual members’ sonic predilections, Killing Joke was more than the sum of its parts. It was a scene unto itself.

Hull Tour Diary + 2011 SXSW Wrap-Up

April 29, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011: Philadelphia, PA (Kung Fu Necktie)After hastily packaging our new Viking Funeral LPs, meeting up with our most excellent roadie and merch extraordinaire, Jeffrey Hollis, bidding farewell to our friends at The Acheron and The Anchored Inn (best new bar in town! 59 Waterbury Street 11206), and packing all our gear into…

The Lazarus Pit: Mysticum’s In the Streams of Inferno

April 29, 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 for students of extreme metal that you may not have ever heard of.  Stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This…

Hot Graves Wickedly Covers Pentagram’s “Madman”

April 28, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CvNR_TlaaI The legendary Pentagram is back in a big fucking way (if you haven’t noticed) so it’s the perfect time to crank out a dedication. D-beat lovers Hot Graves have actually slowed themselves down to pull off a faithful and killer cover of “Madman” from Pentagram’s Day of Reckoning. And they’ve gone further by releasing…