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Terry Butler on New Death Metal Supergroup: Hideous

June 17, 2016

Hideous: a new old-school death metal supergroup worth readying that denim vest for!

Scream Bloody Gore: The Choosing Death Interview Outtakes

May 24, 2016

Celebrate Death‘s Scream Bloody Gore reissue with these never-before-seen interview cuts about the LP from limited edition Choosing Death book.

Art In Motion: Animated Cover Art With Stephan Dreadford

May 23, 2016

Digital artist Stephan Dreadford accidentally fell into the craft of animating famous heavy metal cover art. The single incident, which involved doing animated cover art for social media for his brother’s band, has now pushed Dreadford down a very cool path. Over a very short time, Dreadford has animated numerous cover paintings, turning them into moving pieces of awesome–by such artists as Ed Repka to Andreas Marshall–from static greatness. Dreadford’s vision has put into–well, actual–motion covers by Judas Priest, Sodom, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Pantera, Kreator, and many more. He sees the art like we all do… Living, breathing covers, but instead of using our imaginations to see where, for example, Mark Wilkinson (cover artist for Painkiller) wanted go, Dreadford does it for us. Read on as we extol the virtues of Dreadford’s GIF prowess.

Scream Deathly Gore with this Gruesome Track Premiere

April 6, 2016

“Forces of Death,” from upcoming Scream Bloody Gore/demos-inspired Dimensions of Horror, is the Deathly metal you need in your day. Immediately.

Q&A: Director Felipe Belalcazar (Death By Metal)

March 7, 2016

One of the highlights of the upcoming Choosing Death Fest in Philadelphia this April will be the first public screening of Death By Metal, the definitive documentary on Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner. We talked to director Felipe Belalcazar.

DEAD & BURIED TREASURES: HIDDEN TRACKS WORTH UNEARTHING

February 24, 2016

Where were you when you first unlocked an unlisted track after a long period of dubious silence as a record played possum? Or when you noticed an album creeping up to track 69, where Tool’s “Disgustipated” lurked at the edge of Undertow? If you were born after 1995, maybe never.

Contrarian

December 21, 2015

Polemic
Only death is real
dB Rating: 8/10

Supergroup Contrarian Faithfully Recreate Death’s “Nothing Is Everything”

October 23, 2015

Progressive death metal supergroup Contrarian have no shortage of talented players — Nile drummer George Kollias and Mithras shredder Leon Macey among them — and those skills are well-applied in covering the legendary Death’s “Nothing Is Everything.”

Humanity Defiled Interview: Death, the Solo Way

September 15, 2015

Humanity Defiled has been on our radar since 2013.  The music satisfied our need for death metal with doom inflections and an idiosyncratic style.  This summer saw the release of sophomore bruiser The Demise of the Sane, and it fulfills all the promises of the elder record.  In this month’s issue of the magazine, you can read more about Denayer and his dedication and musical direction.  He had more to say than we could fit onto the page, though, so here are a few more of his thoughts.

 

Gruesome’s “Savage Land”: Track-by-Track Breakdown with Vocalist/Guitarist Matt Harvey

April 20, 2015

Last week, we brought you an exclusive stream of Savage Land, the forthcoming debut LP from Death-worshipping supergroup Gruesome. This week, vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Dekapitator, the “Death to All” tour) breaks down the inspiration for each song and provides some hilarious insight on what it’s like to write and record music that’s delightfully derivative.

Exclusive Stream: Gruesome’s “Savage Land”

April 13, 2015

Metal has seen its fair share of worship bands over the years (see Black Sabbath’s direct line to every doom band ever), but it’s rare that one comes along whose sole purpose is to pay homage to one specific group and their highly specific style. Enter Gruesome, a bonafide supergroup (members of Exhumed, Malevolent Creation,…

Video Premiere: Krysantemia’s “Finis Dierum”

March 6, 2015

Today we bring you an exclusive video premiere by Italian death/thrashers Krysantemia, celebrating the advent of their third album, Finis Dierum, on Memorial Records.  The band’s blustery/blistering confluence of influences has seen them perform alongside Obituary, Rotting Christ and Kataklysm, and is right now crisscrossing Europe in support of warmongers Marduk.  The new album was recorded…

Holiday Playlist: Db Does VD

February 14, 2015

So Decibel assumes at this point you’ve got your dozen roses, the perfect card, maybe some wine. All these have been easily attainable and, really, almost unavoidable for the last four to six weeks. Valentine’s Day mood music, on the other hand, has remained maddeningly elusive for those inclined towards the extremely extreme. Until now….

Hate Premiere New Video for “Valley of Darkness”

January 8, 2015

Polish black-death stalwarts Hate are set to drop their latest album, Crusade: Zero, on a very suspecting public on February 10th, and today they show off their video for the song “Valley of Darkness” here at the Deciblog.  Religious iconography will burn.  Fire (and salvation) will be breathed.  Corpses will be painted.  Beats will blast.  Lenses…

Stream New 25-Minute OWL Song: “The Last Walk”

November 14, 2014

With all the music that comes across the Decibel desk in a month (hell, in a single week), I find it can help to stick labels on music that I want to be sure to spend time with.  Earlier this year, when Owl’s Into the Absolute EP came down, I tagged it with the descriptor “weird death metal”…

New Nader Sadek Studio Video: “Deformation by Incision”

November 5, 2014

We love Nader Sadek up in the Decibel compound – and by compound I mean the various living rooms, man caves and bathrooms where all this shit gets put together on a monthly basis.  If you’re a subscriber, you are getting/have gotten the new 4-song EP, The Malefic (including current band members Flo Mounier on drums, Rune…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Whore of Bethlehem

June 20, 2014

Because every day another band records another song.  Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck.  Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm.  Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

British Binah Rupture Your Silence with New 7″

May 9, 2014

Today, Decibel celebrates the release of a new 7″ recording by English heavy-hitters Binah with a stream of the EP’s first track, “Rupture of Silence.”

Hour of Penance End Dynasties with New Album, Regicide

May 6, 2014

Italy’s itinerant papal-pounders Hour of Penance are set to return to the Brutal Death Metal ov Protest scene next week with their 6th punishing album.  Regicide will hit stores next week with the same force of conviction and yoke-lightening purpose as Sedition and Paradogma before it.  Hour of Penance hail from the epicenter of that strange mix…

Darken Your April With Decembre Noir

April 18, 2014

Finally, it’s here!  I’m referring to the one weekend every year when even the brightest eyed, bushiest tailed Christian joins our cult of death for 48 hours and worships the treachery of friends, agonizing torture and public humiliation, and the brutal suffocation of a (reportedly) innocent life, just before we all pay lip service to…

STREAMING: Massacre “As We Wait To Die”

February 5, 2014

The last time death metal legends Massacre released an album, France was testing its last atomic bomb. Pretty amazing, to think of it. Fast forward a few years, and Rick Rozz (ex-Death), Terry Butler (ex-Death), Mike Mazzonetto (Pain Principle) and Edwin Webb (ex-Diabolic) emerge from the limestone graves of central Florida to release Back from…

Episode DB004 – The Best Covers of the Decibel Flexi Series

September 27, 2013

Your intrepid hosts sit down with perpetual good sport/extreme music tastemaker Gordon Conrad (Season of Mist) and divulge the stories behind the best covers in the Decibel Flexi Series. Featuring:Revocation “Pull the Plug” (Death) Anaal Nathrakh “Man at C & A” (The Specials)Evoken “Rotting Misery” (Paradise Lost)Watain “Fuck Off, We Murder” (GG Allin)In Solitude “Mother of…

Interview with Death To All 2013 Frontdude Max Phelps

May 3, 2013

Admission of personal bias:  I think Max is awesome, because I’ve seen Max do Max’s thing in Max’s band (Exist) and Max’s band is awesome.  I once described Exist’s music as not metal so much as a rad jazz quartet that decided to plug in and rip it up all loud-like.  Those proggy death-flecked jams…

Decibel’s Top 5 Death Metal Logos

April 8, 2013

5. Carcass – Carcass has had a few logos over their storied and infamous career, but none of them evinces the manic, electric quality of the group’s music quite like this iteration. Its angular, slightly italicized letters, the long stems of the two “c”s and “r,” and the near interlocking of the double “s” imparts…

A Beast Conceived: Introducing Howling

February 19, 2013

The most aptly titled release of the year so far is almost certainly Howling’s A Beast Conceived — a hellacious sonic amalgamation of Heartwork, Ride the Lightning, and Tom G. Warrior-style sinister riffage fronted by the restless extreme music paragon Vanessa Nocera and brimming with lyrical homages to cult horror movie classics like The Beast…

Remembering Chuck Schuldiner

December 13, 2011

Ten years ago death metal pioneer Chuck Schuldiner lost his battle with cancer. As the fervor surrounding recent Death and Control Denied reissues clearly demonstrates, the man’s legacy has only continued to grow in the intervening years. There are several great remembrances floating around today — I particularly recommend NPR’s “Death is Never Finished” and…

Donate to James Murphy

November 16, 2011

Veteran death metal guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Cancer, Disincarnate, Testament) has found that the brain tumor he defeated in 2001 has unexpectedly returned. Although the tumor is benign and is currently being treated pharmacologically — chemotherapy remains an option — Murphy needs our help. The medication Murphy has been prescribed has crippling side effects,…

Terry Butler (Denial Fiend) interviewed

September 7, 2011

I think a lot of people assumed Denial Fiend was the work of Kam Lee. Now that Blaine Cook is fronting that assumption is no longer. What was the transition like between Kam and Blaine?Terry Butler: Kam likes to lead people on that Denial Fiend was his band. Truth is Denial Fiend is Sam’s baby….

Breeding Death…Er, Reading Death

March 10, 2011

So, you haven’t picked up our cover story [db #77] on the inimitable Death. Yeah, I know. Reading’s hard, but somebody’s got to do it. No, you say? OK, then. You’re missing out on the most exhaustive Death story ever told. Not by journalists (well, there’s one interviewed for the story), but by the ex-members…