Punk

INTERVIEW: Fight Amp’s Mike McGinnis on concept records and embracing weird New Jersey

December 10, 2012

Fight Amp’s Birth Control is the sort of super-cool genre non-specific releases that sounds like it was written in a week tops and thrashed out and tracked in a day. It sounds 100 per cent jam room live, heaping catchy riffs on top of awkward and dissonant hardcore punk and noise-rock. If it sounds unruly,…

LIVE REVIEW: Fucked Up Deliver Sweaty Man Hugs For All

September 18, 2012

Fucked Up, Rifflandia Festival, September 14, Victoria, BCRifflandia has one of the coolest names for a music festival. It seemed in past years when it was smaller that it was more about the “riff” than it is in its current iteration, where hip-hop, Americana, indie rock and, well, Fucked Up intermingle. For instance, we preceded…

Inside The Shredder’s Studio #2: Mike Hill’s Favorite Riffs

September 5, 2012

We’re chuffed to have a dB album of the year award winner take over the shredder’s studio this Wednesday. In this second installment, Tombs guitarist and vocalist Mike Hill tells us about the riffs that led him on a musical path of totality. While you are at it make sure to check out the new…

GIVEAWAY: A Gaza Prize Package

August 28, 2012

You may have noticed that Decibel has a bit of a Deciboner for Gaza. Witness the recent Deciblog posts where we premiered a new track and had a fucking parrot review the new album, No Absolutes in Human Suffering. Well, we’re not done yet. No sir. To celebrate the release of the new album today…

Live review || Cancer Bats Pentagram tour, London

April 23, 2012

Even if you’re not a red-hot Cancer Bats fan you’ve got to admire a spectacular set-piece like this. In part to launch new album Dead Set on Living but totally to rise to a challenge from their booking agent, the Toronto punk-metal road hounds scheduled a one-day tour of London, with six shows routed in…

A Day In the Life of UK Crossover Kings SSS

March 20, 2012

Ever wondered what the Liverpudlian quartet SSS did when they weren’t thrashing and crossing over? We did, too. We also just wanted to use the word “Liverpudlian.” Weird word obsessions and juvenile humor aside, apparently the folks over at Vice (along with Vans) decided to document 24 hours (more or less) with with the band…

Q&A: Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta on new crossover project Iron Reagan

February 6, 2012

The phone just kept ringing out and going to Tony Foresta’s voicemail. We tried a few times, on each occasion considering leaving a “horny message” at the beep, as requested by the Municipal Waste frontman. It feels now like an opportunity missed. Ach, no matter, it was all cool. Foresta wasn’t dogging the call, obviously,…

Reunited English Dogs Lineup Goes Forward Into Battle Again

January 17, 2012

As far as back-together-for-the-first-time-since-’85 reunions go, we’ll take a newly reformed English Dogs—one of the UKs prime purveyors of crossover back in the day—over Van Halen any day. And lucky for us here in the U.S., three-fifths of the lineup that brought us the essential-listening thrash classic Forward Into Battle—drummer Andrew “Pinch” Pinching, lead guitarist…

INTERVIEW: Retox’s Justin Pearson on punk sincerity, Ugly Animals, extremity and running for office

December 5, 2011

Clocking in at 13 minutes or so, Retox’s debut rager Ugly Animals only just falls into the LP category. But, shit, it packs enough aggression, energy and compositional cordite to compensate anybody who is bummed out from holding out for a longer running time. The San Diego quartet don’t fuck around—at least not with the…

Phobia “If You Used To Be Punk, Then You Never Were” Streaming MP3

November 4, 2010

Since we, rather Albert, wrote the book on the absolutely probable history of death metal and grindcore (available here as a shameful but necessary plugadelic), we felt there has been a dearth of grindcore and grindcore-related things on the Deciblog. We know. We’ve got Sailors With Wax Wings, Valient Thorr, Gene Simmons, and fucking Shadowgarden…