France

Q&A: Franck Hueso (Carpenter Brut) Slashes Synthwave Convention

June 25, 2018

Carpenter Brut’s Franck Hueso slashes synthwave on new album, “Leather Teeth.”

Interview with French Black Metal Apostates Glorior Belli

March 29, 2018

Next week sees the release of The Apostates, the seventh album by Parisian black metal shapeshifters, Glorior Belli, a band with a history reaching back over 15 years when they came to life as a Norwegian worshipping whirlwind. With time has come change as band leader Billy Bayou – also known by the less swampy…

Q&A: Dan Terminus Talks Gear And Influences

January 8, 2018

French synthwave specialist Dan Terminus talks gear, popularity, and new album Automated Refrains.

Q&A: Soror Dolorosa’s Andy Julia Gets Post-Punk’d

December 4, 2017

Soror Dolorosa’s Andy Julia talks travel, black metal, and new album Apollo

Track Premiere: Necrowretch – ‘Sprawl Of Sin’

January 18, 2017

Necrowretch deliver the first ripping song off of Satanic Slavery, their newly-announced full-length. 

Full Album Stream: French Death/Black Combo Aum

September 20, 2016

Very little is funny about Aum and their heady/dirty death offensive, Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum, but get your ears on this if you like dense, ugly destruction that also finds time to paint with a little light.

Aum: Not French For “Punishing Enlightenment” But Maybe It Should Be

September 6, 2016

French soul-threateners Aum will release their highly destructive (and equally esoteric) force, debut record Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum, this Friday on Iron Bonehead.  We asked the band some questions, and we got some enthusiastic and thoughtful responses.  Read up on Aum’s focus and vision right here.

STREAMING: Glorior Belli “Satanists Out Of Cosmic Jail” + 5 Questions With Billy Bayou

April 25, 2016

Glorior Belli‘s flipped black metal’s atavistic script not once but six times since forming in 2002. Leader and intrepid boundary breaker Billy Bayou (notice it’s not stolen from Tolkien) has taken Glorior Belli into the bowels of Satan’s celestial abyss and back, with such notable releases as Manifesting the Raging Beast and The Great Southern Darkness serving as Bayou’s malign vehicle. Decibel is darkly pleased to present brand new Glorior Belli track, “Satanists Out Of Cosmic Jail”, from new album, Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes), along with a few Qs answered by Bayou from his throne atop the blackest black.

Video Premiere: Drawers — “Shadow Dancers”

November 10, 2014

Early in 2014, your friends at the Deciblog premiered the self-titled full length from the French sludge metal band Drawers (yes, this is a real thing). My cohort Jonathan Horsley described it as “a heavy album, weighty enough to compromise the lumbar but not quite enough to crush the spirit; shit, it’s heavy and gentle,…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: France’s Father Merrin

August 22, 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)…

STREAMING: French sludge-metallers DRAWERS new self-titled album

January 17, 2014

Ladies and germs, courtesy of the good people of Kaotoxin Records, it is our great honor to host this online premiere of Drawer’s self-tilted sophomore album. Drawers are a five-piece outfit from Toulouse, France, who play sludge or a variant thereof; Drawers is really just big-riffed, amp-worshipping metal. This is sludgish metal. Indeed, calling Drawers…

Monolithe: Full Album Stream!

October 17, 2013

Too many approval-stampers are content to shovel anything slow, synth-shrouded and packed with molasses-dark death growls into a funeral doom-shaped hole in the earth.  One self-important windbag (the one in charge of this Deciblog post) would suggest that “funeral doom” must actually beckon from the grave and whisper oh-so-reasonably that bathing with sharp objects is…

BREWTAL TRUTH: (Don’t) Drink This Now!

August 9, 2013

Given the opportunity to write about craft beer every month in Decibel has been eye-opening. The idea that our “Brewtal Truth” column would have lasted more than four years (and counting) and even spawn a book—The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers, out in November—is pretty amazing. Now it’s time to bring a little “Brewtal…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Odela Exposes its Proggy Bits

April 12, 2013

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)…