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Full Album Stream: Devilish Impressions – “The I”

If you prefer your death metal blackened, lend your ear to Polish outfit Devilish Impressions. Their fourth LP, The I, comes out on September 22 via Lifeforce Records, but today, you can hear the record in full exclusively via Decibel.  Combining unholy black metal vocals and melodies with filthy death metal riffs, The I is a true meeting between death and black metal. “We really wanted this new album to be ...

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Ben Chisholm, Chelsea Wolfe’s Secret Weapon

Ben Chisholm has played on critically acclaimed albums, toured the world and played Roadburn festival. He’s visible in a music video which was uploaded to YouTube over a month ago and has been viewed almost two hundred thousand times. Still, many fans of his work don’t really know him. The multi-instrumentalist has been playing with Chelsea Wolfe since 2010. His instrumental contributions and sound collages ...

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Wolves in the Throne Room

Thrice Woven Back on the prowl Release Date: September 21, 2017 Record Label: Artemisia Coming to us some six years after their last full-length metal album (with 2014’s Celestite famously splitting opinion thanks to its role as a sort of instrumental ambient companion to 2011’s Celestial Lineage), Thrice Woven arrives with some considerable expectations. It is with some relief, then, that the record quickl ...

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Full Album Stream: Process of Guilt – ‘Black Earth’

While Process of Guilt can be classed as a sludge metal band, that isn’t doing the band’s sound justice. While the bedrock of their new album, Black Earth, is sludge metal, the Portuguese quartet unleash the ferocity and precision of death metal and hardcore in their songs. Songs like “Feral Earth” and the title track, “Black Earth,” use menacing riffs, shrieking feedback and even death/doom-style slowed do ...

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Label Spotlight: WAR Records

Like much of the extreme music underground, hardcore is thriving right now. With an established old guard of bands in addition to a fertile class of young bands, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about hardcore. Falling into both categories is WAR Records, run by Andrew Kline, guitarist of well-known outfit Strife.  WAR caught the attention of Decibel after releasing albums from Strife, Miracle Drug ...

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Bob Rock on Metallica: “I didn’t cater to what they were. I catered to what they wanted to do.”

Producer, engineer, and musician Bob Rock (aka Robert Jens Rock) has a storied history. Whether you’ve formed your own opinions (likely) or constructed them after observing his role as producer, mentor, and friend to the likes of Metallica, Mötley Crüe, The Cult, Blue Murder, Skid Row, and more. Or, you watched in bemusement as the minutes rolled excruciatingly on in Metallica documentary, “Some Kind of Mon ...

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The Art of the Deals: On Promoters and Labels

I’m going to be 40 pretty soon. And while it may seem like I’m saying that so that you send me cards filled with money (I am), it’s also to set the stage that I’ve been around for a minute and I see a lot of bands coming up who are just being absolutely fucking fleeced. When I started out, the one thing bands really got it thrust in dry with was pay-to-play schemes, which unfortunately still exist, but the ...

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For Those About to Squawk: King Parrot, Evil Invaders, Monarch

What’s up gang? I mean, like, what’s going on? I mean I’m here to tell you about what’s coming up so you people know what’s going on. So Austrailia’s King Parrot are releasing Ugly Produce on Housecore Records. This is King Parrot no doubt, tongue-in-cheek and kinda grindy punk. Ugly Produce definitely leans more towards the punk side. The riffs are here, and it’s catchy and fun, but there’s something lacki ...

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Demo:listen: Void Tendril

Welcome to Demo:listen, your weekly peek into the future of underground extreme metal. Whether it’s death, black, doom, sludge, grind, thrash, -core, heavy, speed, punk-, stoner, etc., we bring you the latest demos from the newest bands. On this week’s Demo:listen we bring you the world premiere of Void Tendril. Void Tendril are a duo from the UK and Ensnaring the Demiurge is their four song, thirty-three m ...

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Track Premiere: Samael – ‘Black Supremacy’

After a six-year gap from their last album, Lux Mundi, Samael are issuing their eleventh album, Hegemony. Though the album continues on the electronic/industrial path Samael have long been on, Hegemony also draws influence from the band’s black metal roots, which earned them such accolades as a Decibel Hall of Fame induction for 1991’s Worship Him. Listen to new song “Black Supremacy” below and keep reading ...

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