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ABSOLUTE DESCENT: Continuum’s “A Surreal Descent” Lyric Video Premiere

Tech death. It has lyrics. Generally they are hard to notice underneath the infinite pretzel knots of the instruments, but they are there. This lyric video from Continuum proves it. Of course, said lyrics sound like technobabble from 1970s Marvel cosmic comics, but they exist! Continuum is the brainchild of Chase Fraser (Decrepit Birth, Animosity), and he pulled in some of his buddies from Deeds of Flesh, F ...

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Double the Crazy: Exclusive Berserker II Preview!

There is a whole motherfucking lot to recommend Berserker II: The insane line-up (see flyer below), a punk rock “swap meat” hosted by Tesco Vee of the Meatmen, a sweet ass T-shirt designed by Decibel‘s own Mark Rudolph, etcetera… We recently reached out to fest organizer/Child Bite vocalist/guitarist Shawn Knight to get the inside scoop on what he and his co-conspirator/wife Veronica have planned for us in ...

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Tasmanian Devils: Exclusive Psycroptic Album Stream!

The upcoming self-titled full-length from Tasmanian tech-death wrecking crew Psycroptic really brings the band’s brand of manic, virtuoso brutality to another level. But don’t take our word for it — delve into the entire aural beast below. And then head over to Prosthetic to pre-order yourself a copy of this brain scrambler. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/84302025?secret_token=s-1SkKB ...

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Full Album Stream: Hiram-Maxim’s Self Titled LP

It’s hardly a news flash — particularly if you read Neill Jameson’s reports from his time as a record store clerk — but physical music is either in its death throes or experiencing a painful rebirth. Whether it’s A or B depends on who is involved in the conversation. Aqualamb Records is banking on the latter. The Brooklyn label, owned by two graphic designers/musicians, is releasing albums as artwork: 100-p ...

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STREAMING: Devathorn “Vritra”

Eight years have passed since Greek black metallers Devathorn issued debut album, Diadema. Certainly, the trio were too busy channeling “Qliphotic” chaos to focus on music, but sometime in the last year or so they emerged from the abyss to write 11 hymns of hate. On new album, Vritra, Devathorn return! Recorded and mixed at Incorporated M. Studios and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studios, Vritra ...

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Pre-Order the Revised and Expanded CHOOSING DEATH!

Originally released in 2004, Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore is widely recognized as the definitive history of its titular extreme music subgenres. Eleven years later, author Albert Mudrian, editor-in-chief of Decibel Magazine, has chosen life after death in the form of a revised and expanded Choosing Death, which boasts a whopping 100 pages of new content. This fully red ...

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Gearified: Hammer Claws Signature Pickup Set

**Matt Olivo is the founding guitarist of extreme metal trailblazers Repulsion, whose Horrified LP ranks as Decibel’s #1 grindcore album of all time. Because we know that every reader ever plays guitar, we brought his print column to the Deciblog. In issue #116 Matt spent some time “hammering on Brent Hinds’ bloody, thunderous new pickups” Say what you will about Brent Hinds, but Mastodon’s controversial gu ...

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For Those About to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

OK, after about a month I’m back. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed too much. Thanks to my human counterparts at Decibel for letting me slip this long. This winter has been a trial for your tropical friend Waldo — too cold. Anyway, this is about that time of year where the releases actually start picking up, unlike the doldrums that happen from early December until now.  So, I guess I’ll be picking up, too. N ...

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Get Free LEVIATHAN Vinyl by Subscribing to DECIBEL

We’re your friend! We’re not one of them! Want proof? The latest installment in the Decibel Flexi Series is controversial March cover star Leviathan tackling Black Flag’s legendary “My War.” See? As always, we have your best, most demented interests at heart. The one-man U.S. black metal trailblazer known as Leviathan (a.k.a. Jef Whitehead) has struck again, warping the hardcore anthem into music that is si ...

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Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Estonia’s Odota

If you like your metal weird, ugly and awesome, please give it up for Odota, an Estonian one-man project that takes black metal and infests it with all sorts of uncomfortable sounds that will make the purists cry, “False!”  The new album Fever Marshal props up raw, blasting riffage against industrial and electronic detritus, offering a bracing listen.  We definitely wanted to know more, so we asked head dud ...

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