Having recently completed a SOLD-OUT North American tour with labelmates Lorna Shore plus Aborted, Ingested and Angelmaker, Ov Sulfur – the world’s first blast-phemous metalcore ov death band – has dropped a new standalone single via Century Media Records. Death Ov Circumstance goes light on the “blast” and heavier on the “metalcore” side of the […]
Month: November 2022
Tropical Fu*k Storm have announced their Submersive Behaviour 12″, out February 3 via Joyful Noise Recordings, featuring the new single The Golden Ratio. “The Golden Ratio exists when a line is divided into two parts and the longer part (a) divided by, the smaller part (b) is equal to the sum of (a) + (b) […]
Today, Jackson® launched the Rob Cavestany Signature Pro Series, designed in concert with the Death Angel founder and lead guitarist and heavy metal innovator. Previously only available as a made-to-order Jackson Custom Shop model, this new Pro Series model is as visually striking as it is optimized for playing, properly honoring a musician of Cavestany […]
Globally acclaimed breakthrough Mongolian rock act THE HU are honored to announce they’ve been named UNESCO’s Artist For Peace at a ceremony on November 25 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, FR by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. They are the first-ever artist in the rock/metal genre to receive this prestigious designation and follow previous Artist for […]
Pennsylvania duo Veilburner walk the line between very technical, weird and accessible on their new album, entitled. VLBNR. Like the prolific group’s other work, Veilburner’s sixth album in eight years combines black and death metal with progressive and avant-garde leanings to create what is easily their most intense work to date.
VLBNR is 50 minutes long but it feels like much longer; Veilburner balance the dizzying instrumentation with lots of eerie, quiet sections focused on atmosphere, quiet guitar playing and tortured vocals, things that set the scene for the next full-on onslaught. It’s easy to draw comparisons to certain parts of the band’s sound but as a whole? Not as simple. Akercocke and Voices are good starting points but the places Veilburner takes the listener are their own.
The band also believes that VLBRNR is the best representation of their music.
“VLBRNR is a statement piece in comparison with previous albums, in that we took all of what we felt were the best components of our sound and songwriting that we’ve cultivated over the course of five previous albums, and refined them into a single album which we feel offers the best representation of who we are and what we do. If someone only had time to listen to one album from us, and asked us which one would give them the best overall impression of our work, we would tell them VLBRNR.”
Transcending Obscurity will release VLBRNR on December 2, but you can listen to the whole thing now.
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Extreme metal trailblazers Celtic Frost are celebrating the most-exciting part of their career, 1984-1987, with a new box set entitled Danse Macabre. The seven-LP set includes Morbid Tales, To Mega Therion and Into the Pandemonium, plus I Won’t Dance, Collector’s Celtic Frost, Visual Aggression and Tragic Serenades. Here at Decibel, we consider the work of Tom Gabriel Warrior and his collaborators to be gospel, so we’re psyched to host a giveaway for a signed copy of the Dance Macabre test pressings.
Please note: winning this bundle gets you test pressings of all seven LPs, and one signed art card. If you want to acquire the rest of the items included in Danse Macabre, please order the regular box set.
To enter, email dB_contest@redflagmedia.com and tell us which of the LPs you’d be most excited to listen to (and no, “I’d leave it in the packaging to resell on Discogs” is not a valid answer). The contest closes on December 14 and the winner will be contacted shortly after; please include your phone number in entries to make sure we can reach you.
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If wrestling-themed grindcore is your bag (and hell, even if it isn’t, it sounds like a really fun train wreck no one can look away from to me), check out the new full-length from Shining Wizard, Tournament of Death, out December 2 via Horror Pain Gore Death.
Tournament Of Death by SHINING WIZARD
From the looks, and sounds of it, this is one for the books, so stream on, and if the mood takes you, slam it on out in the ring. It should be pointed out that even those who don’t follow wrestling can bang their heads to this one. Standout track and my favorite after a couple spins was “Devil In The Mirror.”
According to the band’s press release: “Hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida, Shining Wizard present a blood-soaked tribute to some of the greatest pro-wrestlers that have ever lived… and died! Hana Kimura, Scott Hall, Dr. Death, Brodie Lee, The Big Bossman, and NEW JACK are all represented in this morbid celebration of violence and suffering.”
Shining Wizard combine pop punk riffs, blast beats, and a love of wrestling to create something truly unique, a little weird, and utterly listenable. Their press release also claims:
“It’s like The Misfits vs. Napalm Death in a Barbed-Wire Deathmatch, Blink 182 with CTE, Leftover Crack… smoking even more crack!” We can’t argue with that.
For fans of: Birdflesh, Choking Victim, Code 13, Crack House, Eat The Turnbuckle, FMW, GCW, Ghoul, Magrudergrind, Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka, The Misfits, Napalm Death, NJPW, The Ramones, and Stardom
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Back in 2020, Decibel Magazine premiered the Rise of the Merciless EP from New Jersey death metal duo Dystopia A.D.. In that piece we wrote: “Formed in 2018, Dystopia A.D. incorporates dizzying prog into their combustible compositions. Their Designing Ruin debut introduced the versatility of Chris Whitby, who elevated his one-man project with contributions from a variety of skilled musicians. One of those allies was Aki Shishido, who has since joined the project as lead guitarist.” Today we are sharing the band’s frenzied new full-length Doomsday Psalm, which will be officially released this Friday, December 2nd.
Dystopia A.D.’s penchant for pulling inspiration from the full spectrum of death metal continues with even more creativity on this new album. Some projects suffer to establish a musical identity with so much variety in their sound. But Doomsday Psalm dismisses that concern, emerging as a dynamic and focused record. Out of the gate, “Imperial Dawn” introduces a hellscape of lethal riffage and poignant cautionary lyrics. The title track is bruising and catchy, with gentle clean vocals periodically haunting the song. “Terminal Lucidity” permits a quiet moment between passages of absurd heaviness to highlight the call of a loon. “Force-fed Soma” concludes with a trumpet’s brass tone. Later, flutes flutter with their own solo on “As Skies Collapse.” But none of these choices should shock listeners who have tuned into the band’s previous work. Experimentation with different songwriting elements remains a crucial part of Dystopia A.D.’s mission, and this is their finest creation yet. It’s an album that’s eclectic and bold by design.
“Doomsday Psalm embodies everything that we love about metal and its varied subgenres,” Dystopia A.D. comments. “It’s really a spiritual successor to [2020 release] Rise of the Merciless; we took everything that we thought worked well on the last record and magnified it. Technical riffage and cohesive songwriting provide a suitable canvas for soaring guitar solos and stand-out vocals that range across ’90s Swedeath growls, blackened shrieks, haunting choirs, hardcore screams, and ballsy cleans. Alternative instrumentation, including 12-string acoustic guitars, flutes, and Latin percussion add layers of unexpected depth and complexity. As a listener, you might love Doomsday Psalm, or you might hate it, and that’s okay—but we promise you won’t be bored!”
Jump-start the apocalypse by pressing play on Dystopia A.D.’s Doomsday Psalm below.
Doomsday Psalm by Dystopia A.D.
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Premiere: UNSCORED ‘Big Fkn Aorta’
Melbourne-based outfit Unscored are channeling the uneasy side of Indie Rock on their new single Big Fkn Aorta, the first single from their upcoming debut album. Reminiscent of the Pixies thrown into a melting pot with heavier sludgy riffage ala Helmet the track explores the dark underbelly of suburbia with a deliciously eerie video created […]
“It’s amazing how in sync we were. It was a lot of fun. It feels like a Karate class, just somewhere to go once a week and let out some aggression.” Hutchy Back in the Summer of 1997 the seeds of a band who have thrived over the ensuing quarter of a century were sewn […]