DECIBEL #53 March 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We sure do love Decibel. Covers tons of music we love, and does it with a sense of humor. Plus John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has a monthly column, one of the few metal mags we read on a regular basis besides Terrorizer. This month it's ALL GRINDCORE! Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Mick Harris, Napalm Death on the cover, Extreme Noise Terror, Defeatist, Graf Orlock, Kill The Client, Cripple Bastards, Phobia, Maruta and more! Also a special on Pornogrind, and best of all, the Decibel Hall Of Fame Inductee this month is Discordance Axis' groudnbreaking artgrind epic The Inalienable Dreamless!
DECIBEL #54 April 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of one of our favorite metal mags. One that somehow manages to mix humor and metal without ever taking the piss, instead it just makes for a damn fine read. On the cover, Brutal Truth, all in white, posing with polar bears! Inside: dude from Helms Alee talks about his rad job, monthly tour story from Genghis Tron, Shrinebuilder in the studio, The Devil's Blood, Wolves In The Throne Room, Luna Mortis, Root, Skepticism, 16, North, Cobalt, Cancer Bats, Satyricon, Cattle Decapitation, Pestilence, Kreator, touring in the current economy, Decibal Hall Of Fame: Autopsy's Mental Funeral, a huge Brutal Truth story, new record soon!!!, tons and tons of reviews and of course the back page South Pole Dispatch courtasey of the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle!
DECIBEL #55 May 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. While the UK's Terrorizer remains our fave glossy metal magazine, it's got close competition from Decibel. Decibel is definitely the best American metal mag going, having superseded the late great Metal Maniacs - and it is as intentionally witty as MM was often unintentionally funny. This issue features Heaven And Hell aka Black Sabbath on the cover, and even though the magazine admits that the band's soon-to-be-released album is not so hot, it's still always interesting reading about the gods Dio, Iommi, and Butler. Also this ish: Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Absu (Proscriptor doing Decibel's version of The Wire's Invisible Jukebox), Kylesa, My Dying Bride, Suffocation (being inducted into the Decibel Hall Of Fame for Effigy Of The Forgotten), Samael, Enforcer, Altar Of Plagues, Oceano, and plenty more... Of course there's the usual ton of reviews, columns (including J. Bennett's Cry Now, Cry Later and John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle's South Pole Dispatch) and such. Oh, and this issue also features Decibel's 2009 Extreme Baseball Preview, for those so inclined.
DECIBEL #58 August 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. One of our favorite monthly metal reads, the glossy (but "extremely exteme") magazine Decibel is a worthy American rival to the UK's Terrorizer. And they definitely have some good writers, the sort who manage to entertain and amuse even when, sometimes, you didn't think you cared about the band being covered. This issue, though, there's definitely bands you care about. On the cover, good ol' Slayer. Inside: 1349, Anaal Nathrakh, Amesoeurs, Slough Feg, Goatwhore, Velnias, and plenty more. Plus reviews and news and columns (including as always John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle's back page bit of humor) and all that good stuff. And a special report on the resurgence of old school death metal. About the only thing this ish we thought we didn't really care about is the Hall of Fame feature on NYHC straight edge band Judge's 1989 album Bringin' It Down... but we still read it, and now might give that album a spin if we run across a copy.
DECIBEL #59 Sep 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Along with Terrorizer, this magazine is our monthly metal must-read. This issue has Nergal of Polish black/death metallers Behemoth on the cover, a cool photo of him looking like a surly member of the Blue Man Group who overdosed on Rogaine. Also, there's interviews with / features involving the likes of Anvil, The Gates Of Slumber, Voivod, Church Of Misery, Yob, Dysrhythmia, Gorod, Suffocation, and more. Including an interview with "pirate metal" band Swashbuckle conducted by Waldo the Parrot from Hatebeak! And if that's not enough humor for you, there's the usual John Darnielle column at the back of the magazine too, among other chuckles throughout.
DECIBEL #60 October 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. On the cover, the return of IMMORTAL!! Inside, an awesome oral history of splatter metal legends Gwar, as well as Municipal Waste, Job For A Cowboy, Nile, Devildriver, Divine Heresy, Asphyx, Goreaphobia, Keelhaul, Amon, Rammstein, City Of Ships, Scale The Summit, Sarke, Demonical, Born Of Osiris, Arkaea, Bill Steer of Carcass, reviews a handful of MP3's, Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares reviews his favorite restaurants, an extreme metal football preview, Cynic's Focus inducted into the Decibel Hall Of Fame, and of course tons of reviews, as well as some hilarious back page snark from the Mountain Goats John Darnielle.
DECIBEL #61 November 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This "extremely extreme" magazine of METAL returns with an issue featuring Baroness on the cover (their impending new record proclaimed by Decibel as 'what may be' the album of the year). Other bands featured this ish: Megadeth, Vader, Dying Fetus, Ancestors, Destroyer 666, Ahab, Doomriders, Shadows Fall, Despised Icon, and more. We are pleased to see Accept's Restless And Wild be inducted into Decibel's metal album Hall of Fame, and the accompanying story about the making of that classic album is interesting reading for sure. And we are even more pleased to see a "Call & Response" blindtest feature with William Murderface and Toki Wartooth of Dethklok! Hilarious. Plus there's all the reviews and columns and stuff, including as usual John Darnielle's South Pole Dispatch.
DECIBEL #62 December 2009 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of the premiere American glossy metal mag features metalcore masters Converge on the cover. Inside, all kinds of other AQ approved bands: Skeletonwitch, Saviours, Shrinebuilder, The Gates Of Slumber, Liturgy, Portal, 3 Inches Of Blood, Gnaw Their Tongues, Gorgoroth, and plenty more! There's a High On Fire "studio report", the usual amusing John Darnielle and J. Bennett columns, the usual cavalcade of reviews (including one of new metal-themed video game Brutal Legend that says it's got "the greatest metal soundtrack ever" for which we at Aquarius can take a little credit, having helped out with it), and, best of all, a "Hall Of Fame" feature on Trouble's debut album! Now that's a good issue!
DECIBEL #63 January 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Mastodon makes the cover, also there's features on Nile, Pelican, Marduk, Rammstein, Krallice, Katatonia, and more. Decibel's "top 40 albums of 2009" are selected, and the top spot goes to Baroness, as predicted on the cover of issue #61. There's the usual load of reviews, news, funny columns, and, oh, we're stoked to see Watchtower's 1989 tech metal masterpiece Control And Resistance enter the Decibel Hall Of Fame.
DECIBEL #64 February 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another fine issue of this great metal read. On the cover, Megadeth, Slayer, and Testament! What is this, 1990?? Apparently these veteran thrashers are on tour together, again, Clash Of The Titans 2010 aka American Carnage! Cool. Then there's also stuff on Enslaved (with their album Frost being inducted into the Decibel Hall Of Fame), Shining, Between The Buried And Me, Thou, Immolation, and much more, including the usual funny columns and reviews and the rest.
DECIBEL #65 March 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More good headbanging readin' here, from the always entertaining and informative Decibel mag... On the cover, Fear Factory (ho hum), all CGI-ed out in the picture like wanna be Terminators. But inside, lots of much more interesting stuff: Sigh, Harvey Milk, Hellhammer (an excerpt from Tom G. Warrior's upcoming book), Sacrifice, Holy Grail, and other rad bands we like... plus lots of reviews, funny columns, news bits, etc. AND, this issue sees the classic Saint Vitus album Born Too Late inducted into the Decibel Hall Of Fame! Just in time for their reunion tour, of course.
DECIBEL #66 April 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. High On Fire On The Cover (looking maybe just a little uncomfortable, posing draped in snakes on account of their new album, Snakes For The Divine... why'd it have to be snakes... shoulda said snacks!). Also this ish: Ludicra, The Wounded Kings, Teitanblood, Bastard Noise, Daughters, Priestess, Abscess, Ihsahn, Landmine Marathon, Finntroll (vs. Troll), Dark Tranquillity (being inducted into the Hall Of Fame for The Gallery), Nachtmystium (studio report), and more, including of course all the usual news, tons o' reviews, and funny columns, John Darnielle's South Pole Dispatch being particularly amusing this time 'round.
DECIBEL #67 May 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Out of jail, on the cover: Burzum! "Facing off with metal's most controversial figure". Also in this issue of America's foremost glossy extreme metal magazine: Dillinger Escape Plan, Tom G. Warrior's Triptykon, Hour Of 13, Hooded Menace, White Wizzard, Immolation, Autopsy, and, among other things, Motorhead's Ace Of Spades inducted into Decibel's Hall of Fame, with the usual fascinating the-making-of article.
DECIBEL #68 June 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More good readin' for all you metal fans. This issue has Exodus on the cover, but also 1349, Cathedral, Darkthrone, The Ruins Of Beverast, Fenriz, The Ocean, Pentagram (with their 1985 album Relentless being inducted into the Decibel "Hall of Fame"), a studio report from Torche, a feature on one-man death metal bands, and plenty more, including all the witty usual reviews (78 of 'em) and columns.
DECIBEL #69 July 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. One of the scary dudes from Watain poses for this month's cover, complete with dripping blood, foaming dry ice goblet, skulls, candles, facepaint, and one weird contact lens. A good cover subject for sure! Inside, also: Cannibal Corpse, Nachtmystium, Melvins, Enslaved, Enforcer, Karma To Burn, Rosetta, Across Tundras, Yakuza, and plenty more. Including, Type O Negative's Bloody Kisses album entering into the Decibel Hall Of Fame. Pete Steele, R.I.P.
DECIBEL #70 August 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Cool cartoony comic book cover portrait of Danzig (back in saddle with a new album, y'know). Inside this issue of the USA's best glossy metal magazine: Coliseum, Wormrot, Apostle Of Solitude, Nevermore, Dismember (in the Hall Of Fame with their 1991 classic Like An Ever Flowing Stream), Pantera's Vinnie Paul, and a eulogy for Ronnie James Dio. Among much else!
DECIBEL #71 September 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This issue's cover belongs to The Refused, whose hardcore masterpiece The Shape Of Punk To Come is inducted into Decibel's album hall of fame. Kinda cool to see a glossy magazine put something on the cover that isn't a new release a label is trying to hype or whatever - The Refused broke up years ago, that record is from 1998. Also inside, this ish: The Sword, Decrepit Birth, Zoroaster, Kylesa, Sigh's Dr. Mikannnibal (talking about her day job as an experimental physicist!), Xasthur, Aaron Turner discussing the end of Isis, and more. Including the usual funny columns and lots of reviews. And one other feature that ought to have been really cool, but now is super sad, the "Streetwise San Francisco" article wherein Cosmo Lee from the Invisible Oranges blog is shown around SF by some local metal folks, members of Ludicra and Hammers Of Misfortune among others, they visit such landmarks as Vesuvio bar in North Beach, El Farolito taqueria here in the Mission, The Hemlock Tavern, and yes Aquarius Records! Which is neat, except for the sad part - one of the tour guides, pictured looking through the bins here at AQ in the article, was Makh Daniels from the band Early Graves, whom you may have heard was tragically was killed in a van accident on tour, not long after these photos were taken. R.I.P.
DECIBEL #73 November 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The new ish of our fave American metal mag is here. On the cover, looking AWESOME... Dimmu Borgir. Inside: Swans, Enslaved, Autopsy, Torche, Monster Magnet, Pig Destroyer (studio report), Angel Witch (Hall of Fame induction!), Unearthly Trance, Dawnbringer, Melechesh, Woe, and more, including all the usual clever columns and pointed reviews and such. For metalheads who want to stay hip, it's a must-read.
DECIBEL #74 December 2010 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Viking Crown, & now Arson Anthem) is on the cover of this issue, looking mean and tough in his tats and Poison Idea t-shirt. Also in this ish: Kylesa, Salome, Father Befouled, Winterfylleth, The Crown, Crowbar, Intronaut, Death Angel, Chris "Masters Of Reality" Goss, Forbidden, and more, of course the usual wiseass columns, reviews, and whatnot, that make this glossy metal mag a must read for all up-to-the-minute metallers. Oh, and this issue also includes a well-deserved Decibel Hall Of Fame album induction: Venom's Welcome To Hell! Pretty cool reading the sidebar featuring Tom G. Warrior's reminiscences about when he first bought his copy and how it made him feel!
DECIBEL #75 January 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Awesome Oderus Urungus of Gwar as Santa cover on this month's issue of Decibel, one of our two go-to glossy metal magazines (the other being the UK's Terrorizer). Also this issue: Justin Broadrick, Weapon, Holy Grail, Encoffination, Exhumed, October Falls, Hail Of Bullets, Impaled Nazerene, Quest For Fire, and more, including an interview with Bobby Liebling's Mom!! Of particular note this ish are Decibel's selections for the Top 40 Metal Albums Of 2010 (#1: Agalloch!). Also Satyricon's best album, Nemesis Divina, gets the Hall Of Fame treatment. And there's tons of reviews and news and the usual funny columns (the South Pole Dispatch on the back page, the regular column by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, is particularly amusing this issue, as he makes fun of a bunch of Decibel's Albums Of The Year picks...).
DECIBEL #76 February 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Any magazine with Electric Wizard on the cover is one we want to read, not that we don't ALWAYS want to read "extreme music" magazine Decibel anyway! Also this issue, there's features on the likes of Haarp, Ehnarhre, Ghost (Sweden, not Japan), Altar Of Plagues, Atheist, and... Cee Lo? Yes, Cee Lo. Apparently a closet metalhead. Also, Tom G. Warrior of Triptykon does the "invisible jukebox" thing, totally harshing on the new one from Sodom by the way (and Sodom's Tom Angelripper does a Q&A this ish as well...). And, best of all perhaps, Decibel inducts CoC's Animosity album into their Hall Of Fame, definitely a deserving choice! Plus, there's the usual reviews (which includes one of the latest from the Dead C, demonstrating that they're an "extreme music", not necessarily metal, magazine), news, and funny columns.
DECIBEL #78 April 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Amon Amarth, Deicide, Trap Them, Primordial, Ken Mode, Subrosa, Noisear, Drugs Of Faith, tons of reviews (including a long one of the new Burzum), funny columns, etc. And best of all, Mercyful Fate's Melissa in the Hall of Fame feature!
DECIBEL #79 May 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Every month, if you're a metalhead, you should be reading both Decibel from the USA and Terrorizer from the UK. Here's the latest Decibel, with a striking black & white & shiny silver cover pic of Pentagram vocalist (and vintage hipster fashion plate) Bobby Liebling, in honor of the big feature story inside about his "resurrection" with the recent return of his venerable doom metal band, who have managed to both astonish and appall with their live shows. Definitely an interesting read, that article. Also this issue, lots more cool metal content, including stuff about these bands: Kylesa, Gridlink, Krallice, Darkest Hour, Grand Magus, Belphegor, and more. Plus the usual reviews, news, and amusing columns (indie rockers might be surprised to find John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle has a regular spot in Decibel). Also there's a report from the recent Scion Rock Fest down in LA. And Burzum's Filosofem is inducted into the Decibel Hall Of Fame, another very interesting feature, and a great pick.
DECIBEL #80 June 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Reading is funda-METAL with Decibel magazine. Sorry. But it is a good read, if you're into metal. This month's issue bears a striking photo of Ghost's frontman on the cover, and those rockin' Swedish Satanists are profiled inside. Others this ish: Gorguts, Electro Quarterstaff (hey, glad to hear they're working on new stuff!), Altar Of Plagues, Scale The Summit, Vintersorg, In Solitude, Anaal Nathrakh, Mastodon, Eric Rutan of Hate Eternal, Killing Joke (Hall of Fame article on their self-titled debut), and more... including a look inside the upcoming Slayer Mag book (can't wait!) and tons of reviews, news, columns, etc. Gotta tell you, we should be selling a lot more of these (and Terrorizer) than we do. At least as many as we sell of The Wire. C'mon...
DECIBEL #81 July 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Metal mag Decibel's motto is "extremely extreme"... but maybe not "Too Extreme", which is believe it or not a song title on the "controversial" (read: terrible) new Morbid Angel album, who garner the cover spot this issue for their efforts. A whole article basically about "what the heck happened there?". We're actually pretty interested in reading this piece, about the legendary death metal band, now reunited with vocalist David Vincent, making their first album in 8 years, and unfortunately losing the plot big time (though Andee here is threatening to give it a positive review, just to be contrary). Besides that, also this ish: the Melvins, Boris, Autopsy, Demonaz of Immortal, Deafheaven, Wormrot, Loss, Exhumed, Baroness (well, one of their moms), Graveyard, NWOBHM Lazaruses Hell, a live report from Roadburn, and more. Including the usual amusing columns, opinionated reviews, etc. Oh, and this issue's Hall Of Fame inductee? Underrated Swiss thrash gods Coroner and their 1989 album No More Color!
DECIBEL #83 September 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. On the cover this issue of our fave US metal glossy, Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, previewing their upcoming new album Heritage, which we're looking forward to hearing. Then there's also the likes of Seidr, Disma, Argus, Decapitated, Toxic Holocaust, King Fowley of Deceased (mostly not enjoying the music they're playing him in the "Call & Response" feature), Skeletonwitch (a studio report), and more... Rorschach's Protestant enters the Decibel Hall of Fame (yeah!!), and A.C.'s notorious Seth Putnam gets eulogized (RIP Seth). Plus the usual plethora of reviews, news, and funny stuff.
DECIBEL #84 October 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Mastodon is on the cover, talking up their new opus The Hunter. Also this ish: Dimmu Borgir, Yob, Today Is The Day, The Gates Of Slumber, Origin, Testament, 40 Watt Sun, Anthrax, a special report on "Neofolk", and plenty more. This month's Hall Of Fame album induction: Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche!!! And the usual ton of reviews, including (why didn't we think of this) one where they review Barn Owl, Weird Owl, and Weird Al Yankovic all together at once! Good stuff.
DECIBEL #85 November 2011 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Metal in the form of a magazine. On the cover... Skeletonwitch. Also: Brutal Truth, Goatwhore, Circle Of Ouroborus, Exhumed, Junius, The Atlas Moth, Wolvhammer, Alice Cooper, Ministry (in the Hall Of Fame for The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste), and plenty more. Including the usual amusing columns (shout out to John Darnielle) and also-amusing album reviews.
DECIBEL #87 January 2012 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The cover story (Lamb Of God: Inside 2012's Biggest Metal Record) we could do without, but the rest of this issue is a damn good metal read all right. Behemoth, Krisiun, Red Fang, Encoffination, Serpentcult, and more. Including Cryptopsy's None So Vile getting the Decibel Hall Of Fame induction treatment. And, Decibel's editors unveil their picks for the Top 40 albums of 2011! Mostly good choices, though as much as we love In Solitude (#4), what do they have that Portrait (who don't make the top 40) doesn't? They're both great. Well at least the Loutallica album didn't get anywhere near this top 40 (unlike in The Wire, ahem). Plus, there's the usual news and reviews etc. so grab this if you're a metalhead, duh.
DECIBEL #88 February 2012 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another issue of this always enjoyable extreme metal read. On the cover, Goatwhore. Inside, Black Tusk, Evoken, Aborted, Ghoul, Will Haven, Midnight, and more. One of our favorite features in every issue of this magazine is their monthly induction into the Decibel album Hall Of Fame, this time the honor goes to Abigail by King Diamond, as always accompanied by an in-depth look at the making and meaning of said album. And of course, there's a plethora of reviews, news, columns, and other stuff, including a look at the editors' top 25 most anticipated releases upcoming in 2012.
DECIBEL #89 March 2012 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More metal reading material here. Retro thrashers Municipal Waste yukk it up on the cover. Inside, also: Christian Mistress, Cattle Decapitation, Cathedral, Esoteric, Orange Goblin, Pallbearer, Paradise Lost, Alcest, Asphyx, and more! Including the usual "South Pole Dispatch" from Mountain Goat John Darnielle, loads of reviews, and a "Hall Of Fame" induction of Overkill's The Years Of Decay. Oh, and for Valentine's Day, a special feature on "Extreme Metal Couples"... as always, informative and/or amusing reading.
DECIBEL #90 April 2012 magazine 4.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. One of our monthly metal must reads. This issue's the special ZOMBIE ISSUE! With the top 25 zombie metal songs of all time, tips of surviving a zombie apocalpyse by people who think about stuff like that a lot (i.e. members of death metal bands), and for this month's Hall Of Fame album induction, Deceased's Fearless Undead Machines, of course! (With some great stories about the weird producer dude Relapse hired for them.) Folks featured this issue include Impetigo, Terrorizer, Hooded Menace, Coffins, Wooden Stake, and illustrator Matt Putrid, among many others. Great issue, guys!
DECIBEL #91 May 2012 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The cover of this month's issue of this must read metal mag heralds the pretty darn killer tour package that Decibel has put together, on the road now: Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude! Wow, what a lineup. And the local opening acts they've picked are all pretty cool too. It's the first ever Decibel sponsored tour, let's hope they keep doing this. So there's details on that - the San Francisco stop is at Slim's on Monday April 23rd, btw. Also inside: Corrosion Of Conformity, Meshuggah, Overkill, 3 Inches Of Blood, Aura Noir, Inverloch, Psycroptic, a studio report on the new Baroness, plus plenty more. Oh, and it's about time: Megadeth's Rust In Peace gets the Decibel Hall Of Fame induction treatment this issue! The usual funny columns by John Darnielle et. al. are also funny as usual, especially J. Bennett's only tangentially metal related tale of being rear-ended by Russell Brand. Heck y'know, even if you don't like metal, you might still enjoy reading this magazine (probably more than listening to some of the bands covered!).
DECIBEL #92 June 2012 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This issue's got Paradise Lost on the cover ("metal's most underrated band"). Also inside: Torche, High On Fire, Unsane, Suffocation, Prong, UFOmammut, Occultation, Royal Thunder, Nachtmystium, and for their monthly album hall of fame honors, the story behind the making of Pantera's seminal Vulgar Display Of Power... Along with the usual reviews, news, ads, snark, etc.
DECIBEL #99 January 2013 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More metal reading material here! Every month we enjoy Decibel's coverage of the latest metal releases, tours, etc. Plus their columns, reviews, etc. are often quite amusing. This time, Phil Anselmo of Down glares from the cover. Inside: C.O.C., Incantation, The Sword, Exhumed, My Dying Bride, Sarcafago (in the Hall of Fame feature), and more. Including, the magazine's picks for the top 40 best albums of 2012, always a fun read and surefire argument starter.
DECIBEL September 2012 No. 95 magazine 4.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Uh, yeah that's Chuck Billy from veteran Bay Area thrashers Testament on the cover, in a headdress. Haven't heard their new album yet but our customer Monte says its good. Also in this issue of America's best/smartest/funniest glossy metal mag: Ghost, Gojira, The Darkness (!!!), Evoken, Wolf, Candlemass, Marty Friedman (y'know, ex-Megadeth), Grand Magus, Samothrace, and Isis enters the 'Decibel Hall Of Fame' for their Oceanic album...plus of course more! We still don't understand why more Mountain Goats fans don't buy this magazine from us, just for John Darnielle's back page column... maybe you all subscribe???
DECIMATION BLVD Put Your Hand In Fire (Public Guilt) 3" cd-r 4.98
**SALE **SALE* *SALE** Another in this new super limited series of 3" cd-r's from Public Guilt, who you might remember having co-released the mindblowing Untitled 3cd box set, a collection of noise music, then ended up being more music than noise (only slightly) and got us excited about noisemusic all over again. The only time we had ever heard from Decimation Blvd, was on that very same compilation, but it's not the only time we've heard from Tradd Sanderson, who is Decimation Blvd., as he is the famed "noise choker" for the mighty Cream Abdul Babar, quite possible the best band ever with the worst name ever. Sanderson contributed lots of grind and grrrrr, skree and shriek, buzz and drone to CAB's punishing metallic post rock. But here, Sanderson is loosed from the confines of being a backup player in a rock band, and employs an arsenal of electronics and synths, samples and guitars, and carves out a super creepy post industrial cinematic soundscape, that veers from glistening almost Oval like underwater blissout, to crumbling Skinny Puppy like ambience, to full on squalls of white noise, muted into murky whirs and peppered with electronic glitch and buried percussion, to shrieking high end chaos, finally finishing off with the very creepy closing track, HUGE, but spare pounding percussion, dense flurries of grinding electronics, thick washes of distorted whir, and a final burst of face melting sonic fury. LIMITED TO 100 COPIES!!! Packaged in screenprinted mini 3" foldout sleeves, orange and black ink, with a printed insert on shimmery metallic paper.
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DECIMUS Decimus 1 (Kelippah) lp 15.98
Decimus is the new solo project of Pat Murano, he of the No Neck Blues Band, Malkuth and K-Salvatore among other NY outsider outfits, and this is part one in the 12 part Decimus series, a vinyl lp sonic exploration into the medieval zodiac of Decimus Magus Ausonius, a Latin poet and rhetorician, we've listed part 5, and part 2, and this is part 1. They're being released on different labels, and not necessarily in the proper order. But it hardly matters, each record definitely functions just fine on its own. Part one, were it the first you heard, definitely sets the scene quite nicely. The A side is a cacophonous chaotic barrage of fractured sound, a seriously percussive psychedelic trip out, that really could actually be a No Neck record, at least initially. Warped melting melodies wrap around strange childlike vocals, lots of clattery percussion, over heaving swells of crumbling sound, laced with sheets of high end skree, and bursts of wild rhythmic skitter. The sound seems to unravel, or perhaps blossom into wild tangles of strangely rhythmic distorted streaks only to disappear into thick swirled stretches of corrosive buzz, all flecked with glitch and squelch, very tranced out and abstract. The B side though might be our favorite Decimus jam yet, a side long super cinematic epic, hushed late evening shimmer, what sounds like field recordings, all draped over a blurred loopscape, and all wrapped around a thick woozy, fuzzy pulse, a sort of murky kosmische, a smoldering ominous thrum, eventually joined by psychedelic spaced out synths, transforming the song into the soundtrack for some seriously fucked up alternate universe giallo, before finishing off in a glitched out glittery tangle at the end. Awesome stuff, further convincing us that we're definitely gonna have to collect all 12! LIMTED TO 300 COPIES, each one hand stenciled and spray painted.
DECIMUS Decimus 10 (Further) lp 15.98
It's nearly impossible to keep up with Decimus, the ongoing project of Pat Murano of No-Neck Blues Band (as well as K Salvatore, Malkuth, and a bunch more), but it's well worth the effort. We're up to installment 10 of a proposed dozen, and like the previous nine, Decimus 10 is another confusional sprawl of free form avant rock drift and experimental electronic soundscaping, a primitive musical ritualism filtered through a more modern, albeit cracked, sonic filter, resulting in some of the most twisted, and darkly mesmerizing sounds we've heard. A collection of extended creepscapes, distant melodies drifting through fields of crumbling twang and churning industrial rhythms, softly noisy, almost wistful in places, haunting and atmospheric, the sound building to a strange sort of percussive workout, swaddled in fractured electronics and glitchy shimmers. The whole record seems to be a soft sort of chaos, that is transformed into various sonic shapes, kosmische kraut-psych, that gets tripped out and seriously druggy, before evolving into something surprisingly focused and utterly mesmerizing. The chaos mutating constantly, every track here bleeding into the ones on either side, as if this were all merely one epic single track lp, which in turn was merely part of one single epic twelve record songsuite, the sounds drifting from rhythmic squelch to ambient swirl, processed disembodied vocals floating amidst grinding sonic primitivism and ominous pulsations. Woozy almost slowcore dirges fracture into shimmery electro weirdness and dark collaged ambience, before being buried beneath wild electronic tangles, and gorgeous lush layers, that seem to gradually be crumbling before our very ears. And that's just side one! The flipside is more sort of synthed out and electronic, droney and rhythmic, gristly and distorted, like a more WTF Demdike Stare in places, slowly shifting into something a bit more abstract and ambient, cinematic and epic. Voices surface, and the sound grows almost symphonic, sounding like a lo-fi, avant-noise Arvo Part, a fractured chorale subsumed by overlapping rhythms and dirge-y orchestral swells. The whole B side has a weird sort of electro pop vibe, but electro pop via Nurse With Wound, that's freaky and fractured, damaged and psychedelic, but at the same time strangely melodic, and in its own dark and demented way, quite lovely as well. Pressed on swirled blue vinyl, and housed in super striking hand silkscreened sleeves.
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DECIMUS Decimus 2 ( Planam) lp 25.00
On the last New Arrivals list, we reviewed the first record in a TWELVE lp series from a group called Decimus, which was in fact, the solo project of Pat Murano, from No Neck Blues Band, K Salvatore and Malkuth. The series, a multi part epic, based on the teachings of Decimus Magus Ausonius, a Latin poet and rhetorician. We reviewed Decimus 5 last time, Decimus 1 was also just released, but this, Decimus 2, is apparently the FIRST part in the series, and as if that weren't confusing enough, it was also the only one of the first 3 installments so far (1,2 and 5) to be released on a different label, hence the hefty price, this one's an import. And how about a description from the label: "Decimus 2 is the first chapter of the Decimus sodality. With reluctance, we are driven into the desert rent from the sweet succor of slavery Under Malkuth we feed the senses failing to satiate the insatiable For Shimon bar Yochai Synthetic meditations on the zodiac as envisioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius." UmÉ okay... Like number 5, number 2 is another fantastic and totally tripped out exploration into some seriously tripped out and as yet undiscovered psychedelic realms of sound, some sort of otherworldly ritual, bird calls, croaking frogs, a series of mysterious field recordings, layered beneath tinkling chimes, and reverbed melodies, the music hushed and minimal, the tones layered into strange harmonies, down in the mix lurk crunches and crumbles, those sounds seeming to grow more murky and menacing, all of the various low end sounds, gradually transforming into deep rumbles and monster like gurgles, slowly transitioning into a warped stretch of looped mesmer, droney and druggy, layered voices and and constantly shifting pitches. As the Decimus 2 progresses, processed guitars (?) churn and undulate, wreathed in swirling effects that sound almost like animal calls, perhaps they are animal calls processed to sound like effects, either way, the result is quite haunting, the track peppered with caustic industrial crunch, burbling electronics, the sound growing more and more fractured and far out, before finally ending, presumably, to be continued in the next installment. Incredible stuff, anyone into No Neck, or any of the tripped out free psychedelic drone outfits should definitely check this out (and Decimus 5), odds are when all 12 are finally revealed, you might be kicking yourself for not grabbing them when you could. LIMITED TO 250 COPIES. In fancy recycled silkscreened jackets, with heavy red inner sleeves.
DECIMUS Decimus 3 (Kelippah) lp 21.00
DECIMUS Decimus 4 (Planam) lp 21.00
DECIMUS Decimus 5 (Kelippah) lp 15.98
A heady slab of tripped out psychedelic sonic spirituality from this new project of Pat Murano, who also counts himself a member of NY free jazz / drone rock / avant hippy collective No Neck Blues Band, weirdo black metal horde Malkuth and cosmic outsider explorationists K-Salvatore. Murano continues on his own peculiar and bafflingly brilliant path, with the debut release from his solo project Decimus, the first in a high concept, 12 part (as in 12 lp) series of records based on the medieval zodiac of Decimus Magus Ausonius, a Latin poet and rhetorician. Two side long meditations, the first begins with soft shimmering clouds of tinkling melodies, and ethereal ambience, over some haunting processed mantra like looped vox, hazy and druggy, wreathed in keening high end and lilting barely there melodies, and muted bits of abstract percussion. Eventually, FX drenched sitar like buzz surfaces, adding a whole other dimension to the trancelike drift, that buzz pulsing and stuttering percussive and slightly corrosive, the sounds growing ever more spacey and swirly, a warped dreamlike buzz that gradually decays and crumbles, the effects growing more and more chaotic, before finishing off with a brief super intense white hot sonic squall. The second side is another slow burning musical mantra, loping, warm woozy buzz over a bed of softly roiling hiss and soft focus whir, sounding almost like Zomes or Daniel Higgs or Amps For Christ, cyclical, repetitive and mesmerizing. The dreamy drift is soon joined by a crunchy corrosive rhythm, which lurches and lumbers before transforming into a weird skeletal beat, the sound almost Middle Eastern, the low end super distorted, a deep rib cage rattling thrum, all the sounds again gradually growing more and more blurred and distorted, some freaky creepy robotic vocals only adding to the confusional cacophony, but still that initial loop/groove remains, a solid rhythmic anchor, keeping the track trancelike, while all around sounds swirl and swoop, flecks of fragmented melodies surface and are quickly swallowed up, before everything dissolves into a cloud of staticky hiss. We already can't wait for the next 11 volumes! (we actually have the next one, Decimus 1 in stock, just ask if you want one of those too!) LIMITED TO 300 COPIES. Housed in hand painted and hand stenciled covers.
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DECIMUS Decimus 8 (Kelippah) lp 19.98
DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II OST (Captiol) cd 13.98
Soundtrack to the classic metal documentary!
DECOMPOSING SERENITY We'll Stop When You're Dead (Maybe) (Vomit Noise Productions) cd 14.98
DECREPIT SPECTRE Coal Black Hearses (Paradigms) cd 12.98
Not sure how many of you remember the group Code, and their record Nouveau Gloaming, from maybe 3 or 4 years ago. A dizzying blend of blasting Norwegian style blackness a la Satyricon (circa Nemesis Divina) and Interpol, or at least some modern post Joy Division gothiness, and no small amount of Swans like doomic crush as well, oh and a bit of Khold like groove. That record destroyed us (and before you order it, we're not entirely sure it's even still available sad to say). We had been wondering though, quite recently in fact, what happened to Code, only to discover... a new Code record OUT NOW and reviewed elswhere on this week's list, and this little project right here: Decrepit Spectre. Featuring Code vocalist Kvohst, who also sings for Dodheimsgard, which should give you a clue as to what sort of blackened crooning to expect from Decrepit Spectre. The rest of the band is rounded out by some serious black metal muscle as well. Members of Ved Buens Ende, Manes and Seth among others. We're happy to report that Decrepit Spectre basically sounds like Code mk. II, which is a very good thing indeed. A killer mix of frenzied blasting blackness, and moody brooding doom-ed gothiness. At its heaviest, sounding quite a bit like classic Satyricon, but maybe more than Code, DS is rife with those awesomely dramatic vocals, that definitely makes Coal Black Hearses sound like a black metal Interpol record, which as far as we're concerned is pretty much something we always fantasized about, or would have if it even seemed like a possibility. The arrangements are mathy and dense and complex, the riffs buzz and snarl, but there's also plenty of winding twisted guitar melodies, haunting harmonies, and the cool thing here is that even the loping gothy parts, are often underpinned by furious double kick drumming, and conversely, the flurries of vintage black buzz, are often wound around deep moaning sorrowful vocals. A strange combination, but one that still works, and still totally hits the spot for us. We were a bit bummed out by the later Dodheimsgard records, not sure what it was exactly, but THIS is exactly how we hoped those DHG discs would sound, super tech, post black metal, melodic and gloomy, mysterious and dramatic, but at the same time heavy as fuck, crushing and thrashing and pounding, with plenty of creeped out interludes, washed out woozy blackness, harsh hellish vox, insane relentless drumming and the occasional stretch of abstract psychedelic weirdness. A bit of a bummer this is only 16 minutes long (just 3 tracks), but it definitely has us chomping at the bit for a full length. Released on UK label Paradigms, who seemingly can do no wrong. A limited edition, but unclear just how limited.
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DECREPITAPH Beyond The Cursed Tomb (Razorback) cd 10.98
DECREPITAPH Profane Doctrines Unburied (Razorback) cd 10.98
Wayne "Elektrokutioner" Sarantopoulos is everywhere these days. Encoffination, Wooden Stake (see elsewhere this list for their new 7"), Father Befouled (whom we really still need to review), Scaremaker, Tombstones, Festered... if you like your doom metal deathly and/or your death metal doomy, he's your man! Playing not just drums, but other instruments as well, and often writing the music too. Decrepitaph, under examination here, is another of his many blasphemous bands. It started off as a solo project, but these days is a duo, with David "Sinworm" Clark on vocals and guitars. Their third disc, Profane Doctrines Unburied, is chock full of Decrepitaph's usual dense dirty decompositions of chunking crunching death metal, utterly in keeping with the Razorback roster's revitalization of old skool '90s death metal style a la Asphyx, Obituary, Incantation, etc. This album takes thick, sick white noise trudge to epic extremes, especially on the nine minute plus finale, "The Crucifix Crumbles (A Decrepit Epitaph)". They go fast, and they go slow. In fact, "Mortified Spirits" contains what might be one of the most lethargic and lugubrious drum solos ever, that you could maybe still call a drum solo. Elsewhere, it's a barrage of battery, hand in hand with relentless riffs that scrape and scrub with steel wool like fuzz buzz... plus putrid guttural vokill belchings buried beneath... and last but not least, eerie adornments of keyboard synths, played by Elektrokutioner, whom we should add has quite an extensive collection of sleeveless metal band logo t-shirts. His bald and bearded self is looking mean in a Sodom shirt in the cd booklet here, and glaring intensely in a Voivod shirt on the Wooden Stake 7" sleeve.
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DEEBANK, MAURICE Inner Thought Zone (1972) cd 14.98
A few years back, there was a comprehensive reissue campaign for moody atmospheric pastoral eighties jangle poppers Felt, a group we had convinced ourselves we wouldn't like, until we finally heard them, and not only liked 'em but became a bit obsessed. And while most folks are probably familiar with Felt mainman Lawrence (nee Lawrence Hayward) who was the face of Felt and who would go on to front Denim, and less successfully Go Kart Mozart (ugh), it's the lesser known Maurice Deebank who helped create Felt's signature sound, which is evidenced on here, a reissue of Deebank's 1984 instrumental solo debut, which finds Deebank creating lush landscapes of shimmer and jangle, swirling minor key chords, looped, cyclical melodies, and warm whirling layered ambience, introspective and heartfelt, the music here shadowy and dreamlike, lovely and lyrical, reminding us at times of Roy Montgomery, and at others Vini Reilly, but really sounding like our favorite moments on those early Felt records. Deebank would leave Felt in 1986, as Lawrence moved more toward the bubblegum pop that would begin to seep into the later Felt outings blossoming into the pure pop of Denim, while Deebank continued to look inward, creating gorgeous soundscapes of soft psychedelia and glistening guitar shimmer. "Dance Of Deliverance" might be our favorite track here, ominous low end, soft swells of shimmering synths, all swirled into a sort of shadowy new age drift, or it might have sounded new age if it wasn't so dark, a brooding mini masterpiece that is the perfect balance to the rest of the record's more sun dappled crystalline dreaminess. So great!
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