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Full Album Stream: Mine Collapse – ‘Delusions’

Six years after unleashing their self-titled debut EP, Chicago hardcore trio Mine Collapse return with their long-awaited debut LP Delusions, recorded with Andy Nelson at Chicago’s Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Jesus Piece, Like Rats), after which the tracks were mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Xibalba), and the album completed with original artwork and layout by Shawn Knight (Child Bite).

Not only does Decibel deliver Delusions a day early (it’s out June 24 on the always excellent Nefarious Industries), but the band has provided full track-by-track descriptions in the event your ears deceive you. Read on and check out the full stream below.

Each song is a loosely tied together concept centered around the idea that the masses are becoming more divorced from reality as they splinter off into their own echo chambers. Every song is a delusion unto itself.

“Bone Saw”
The aftermath of a delusional killer. A person pushed past the point of reality into the murder and disposal of human remains.

“Death Spirals”
A death spiral, also known as an ant mill, is a natural phenomenon where ants, instinctually following the ant ahead, become locked in an endless circle, unable to break free. They march around in a loop until they eventually drop dead of exhaustion.

In “Death Spirals,” these doomed ants are anthropomorphized, standing in for humans who blindly follow commands of superiors and actions of peers. It is a wake-up call to think for yourself or blindly march to your death.

“Delusions”
Slowly becoming detached from reality until you can no longer tell what is the truth. The delusion of dying while trapped in a fever dream.

“Unraveling”
Losing your grasp on reality due to massive income inequality. Financial despair breaks the will and the mind. Delusions of a broken mind seeing through the lies to reveal the true oppressor.

“No Return”
Delusions created by the media. How the media creates narratives solely to boost ratings and proGits. A fraction of truth twisted and used to manipulate the masses with no regard for ethical consequences.

“Empty Void”
The ultimate delusion of God and religion. Believe and you will be saved? Or enter perpetual nothingness? 

Delusions by mine collapse

Delusions will see release on all digital platforms as well as limited runs of CD and cassette on June 24. Find pre-orders now at  Nefarious Industries HERE.

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Full Album Premiere: Tómarúm – ‘Ash in Realms of Stone Icons’

Atlanta’s Tómarúm thread a tricky needle on their first full-length, Ash in Realms of Stone Icons (out May 6 via prosthetic). Their black metal is scaled to the cosmos, replete with windswept, folk-inflected passages, WITTR-sized walls of hypnotic guitar, tech-y fretless bass explorations, and dexterous, Opethian prog workouts. Three of the album’s five proper songs clock in beyond the 10-minute mark. Nothing feels off limits, musically.

It’s against this maximalist backdrop that guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist Kyle Walburn unburdens himself of a lifetime of mental health struggles. His often-harrowing lyrics excavate his experiences with depression, anxiety, and grief, and their intimacy doesn’t contrast with the epic scope of the music so much as it reinforces it. Walburn’s unflinching introspection is as crucial to the Tómarúm sound as the labyrinthine riffs he trades with bandmate Brandon Iacovella. If a band like Agalloch makes you think of the vastness of nature, Tómarúm makes you think of the solitary person sitting in the woods, contemplating that vastness.

“In This Empty Space” feels like an emotional rock bottom, even on an album consisting mostly of rock bottoms. It sees Walburn fantasizing about the dubious legacy he’d leave behind after committing suicide: “No mark left upon this world/My insignificance forever forgotten/No longer a fucking burden/On those close to me.” As the statement below indicates, he’s in a much better place these days — all thanks to Tómarúm. He’s also wrong about what he’ll leave behind, hopefully many decades from now. The mark he’s left upon this world is called Ash in Realms of Stone Icons, and it’s a hell of a legacy.

“Almost five years after the first riffs were written, the day is upon us,” says Walburn. “We are beyond proud to unleash, Ash in Realms of Stone Icons, via Decibel in its entirety after thousands of hours of obsessive work. This record has been a passion project of mine since I was 19, and its creation has served as a coping mechanism during some of the most difficult times of my life. Having it complete and out into the world feels like a tremendous weight has been lifted; the ultimate catharsis after years of suffering.

“The feedback we’ve received thus far has been incredibly humbling, and we cannot wait to see where this album takes us in the years to come. We will be celebrating its release with a string of shows; first up is our album release show at Boggs Social and Supply in Atlanta, where we will be playing the record in its entirety, and then later in the month we will be embarking on a short string of east coast dates with labelmates Dawn of Ouroboros. Plans for more touring are underway, and we are also very deep into the writing process for our next record.”

Pre-order Ash in Realms of Stone Icons here.

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LOW TICKET ALERT: Under 100 “Metal & Beer” Two-Day Tickets Remain for Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly

There are UNDER 100 two-day “Metal & Beer” passes for Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly! Move now and don’t miss your chance to sample dozens of beers from nearly 20 breweries on June 10-11 at the Fillmore Philly, because the Metal & Beer tickets WILL SELL OUT.

Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly Two-Day tickets
Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly June 10 tickets
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FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Candlemass (performing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in its entirety)
Wolves in the Throne Room (performing Two Hunters in its entirety)
Voivod
Soul Glo
Derkéta
Craven Idol
The Silver

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Cannibal Corpse
Nuclear Assault (performing Game Over in its entirety)
The Red Chord (performing Clients in its entirety)
Full of Hell
All Else Failed
Sanguisugabogg
Deathevokation

“Just Metal” Ticket (21+)

Admittance to the day’s event, but as the name suggests, you just get to see the show—no beer samples (You can still buy select beers a la carte if you’re 21+).

“Metal & Beer” Ticket (21+)

Admittance to the day’s event plus unlimited* sampling from our diverse lineup of national breweries presented by Broken Goblet Brewing. Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly 2022 sampling cups provided. Limited to 650 tickets per day*Please note: In extremely extreme cases, certain high-ABV pours will be ticketed, with attendees receiving a limited number of tickets available to redeem for each offering.

We’ve also got your heavy metal pre-game covered with the official Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer PRE-FEST! On Thursday, June 9 at the Foundry (located directly upstairs at the Fillmore), doom sludge titans Primitive Man headline a special evening with support from progressive death metal heroes Horrendous, death/doom demolitionists Mortiferum, grindcrushers Jarhead Fertilizer and black/death blasphemers Berator!

Pre-fest tickets are just $20 in advance and are on sale now!

NOTE: Pre-Fest tickets are NOT included with the purchase of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly tickets.

Hails and ales to our partners!
Metal Blade Records
Broken Goblet Brewing
Relapse Records
Nefarious Industries
Napalm Records
Brimming Horn Meadery
Pull the Plug Patches
Wake Brewing
Translation Loss Records
Indiemerchstore
Gimme Metal
Widowmaker Brewing
Bone Up Brewing
Sabbath Brewing
Victory Brewing Company
Dark Descent Records

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Watch: CANDLEMASS Frontman Johan Längqvist Talks ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’ Anniversary Set at Metal & Beer Fest: Philly

In this exclusive video interview, Johan Längqvist of Swedish doom legends Candlemass talks about his return to the band after a three-decade absence and reflects on the band’s historic genre-defining debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus ahead of their headlining performance of the full album on its 36th birthday at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly on June 10, 2022.

Tickets for Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest, featuring Candlemass, Cannibal Corpse and special full-album performances from Nuclear Assault, Wolves in the the Throne Room and The Red Chord and tons more are going fast (under 150 “Metal & Beer” tickets remain). Full band and brewery lineups — and links to all remaining ticket options — are below:

Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly Two-Day tickets
Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly June 10 tickets
Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly June 11 tickets

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Candlemass (performing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in its entirety)
Wolves in the Throne Room (performing Two Hunters in its entirety)
Voivod
Soul Glo
Derkéta
Craven Idol
The Silver

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Cannibal Corpse
Nuclear Assault (performing Game Over in its entirety)
The Red Chord (performing Clients in its entirety)
Full of Hell
All Else Failed
Sanguisugabogg
Deathevokation

“Just Metal” Ticket (21+)

Admittance to the day’s event, but as the name suggests, you just get to see the show—no beer samples (You can still buy select beers a la carte if you’re 21+).

“Metal & Beer” Ticket (21+)

Admittance to the day’s event plus unlimited* sampling from our diverse lineup of national breweries presented by Broken Goblet Brewing. Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly 2022 sampling cups provided. Limited to 650 tickets per day*Please note: In extremely extreme cases, certain high-ABV pours will be ticketed, with attendees receiving a limited number of tickets available to redeem for each offering.

We’ve also got your heavy metal pre-game covered with the official Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer PRE-FEST! On Thursday, June 9 at the Foundry (located directly upstairs at the Fillmore), doom sludge titans Primitive Man headline a special evening with support from progressive death metal heroes Horrendous, death/doom demolitionists Mortiferum, grindcrushers Jarhead Fertilizer and black/death blasphemers Berator!

Pre-fest tickets are just $20 in advance and are on sale now!

NOTE: Pre-Fest tickets are NOT included with the purchase of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly tickets.

Hails and ales to our partners!
Metal Blade Records
Broken Goblet Brewing
MNRK Heavy
Relapse Records
Nefarious Industries
Napalm Records
Brimming Horn Meadery
Pull the Plug Patches
Wake Brewing
Translation Loss Records
Indiemerchstore
Gimme Metal
Widowmaker Brewing
Bone Up Brewing
Sabbath Brewing
Dark Descent Records
Victory Brewing Company

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Hear Shane Embury Return With Dark Sky Burial’s “Constellation of Archetypes”

“Creating music is what drives me on most days — that and my children — a light through the darkness. ‘Constellation of Archetypes’ is my latest antidote for reality,” so says Shane Embury of his ever-prolific Dark Sky Burial project. The extreme music legend (Napalm Death, just Google the rest for Christ’s sake) has released four studio albums of DSB’s haunting electronic music in just two pandemic years. This latest single is another right turn for the project, offering a nearly upbeat take on dark ambient. Do everyone a solid and grab it on this lovey Bandcamp Friday.

Constellation of Archetypes by Dark Sky Burial

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Watch: The Red Chord Talk Reactivation, ‘Clients’ Set at Metal & Beer Fest: Philly

The Red Chord guitarist Mike “Gunface” McKenzie and bassist Greg Weeks recently sat down (OK, stood up) with Decibel editor in chief Albert Mudrian to discuss the death metal/hardcore berserkers’ unlikely reunion on June 11 at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest where they’ll preform their Hall of Fame-inducted album Clients in full for the very first time. The pair also deliver the scoop on their festival beer collaboration with Bone Up Brewing, vocalist Guy Kozowyk’s secret rabbit lair and the possibility of maybe even rehearsing before their first performance in seven years. Watch the full video below!

Tickets for Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest, featuring The Red Chord, Cannibal Corpse and special full-album performances from Candlemass, Wolves in the the Throne Room and Nuclear Assault and tons more are going fast (under 200 “Metal & Beer” tickets remain). Full band and brewery lineups — and links to all remaining ticket options — are below:

Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly Two-Day tickets
Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly June 10 tickets
Purchase Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly June 11 tickets

FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Candlemass (performing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in its entirety)
Wolves in the Throne Room (performing Two Hunters in its entirety)
Voivod
Soul Glo
Derkéta
Craven Idol
The Silver

SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Cannibal Corpse
Nuclear Assault (performing Game Over in its entirety)
The Red Chord (performing Clients in its entirety)
Full of Hell
All Else Failed
Sanguisugabogg
Deathevokation

“Just Metal” Ticket (21+)

Admittance to the day’s event, but as the name suggests, you just get to see the show—no beer samples (You can still buy select beers a la carte if you’re 21+).

“Metal & Beer” Ticket (21+)

Admittance to the day’s event plus unlimited* sampling from our diverse lineup of national breweries presented by Broken Goblet Brewing. Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly 2022 sampling cups provided. Limited to 650 tickets per day*Please note: In extremely extreme cases, certain high-ABV pours will be ticketed, with attendees receiving a limited number of tickets available to redeem for each offering.

We’ve also got your heavy metal pre-game covered with the official Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer PRE-FEST! On Thursday, June 9 at the Foundry (located directly upstairs at the Fillmore), doom sludge titans Primitive Man headline a special evening with support from progressive death metal heroes Horrendous, death/doom demolitionists Mortiferum, grindcrushers Jarhead Fertilizer and black/death blasphemers Berator!

Pre-fest tickets are just $20 in advance and are on sale now!

NOTE: Pre-Fest tickets are NOT included with the purchase of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly tickets.

Hails and ales to our partners!
Metal Blade Records
Broken Goblet Brewing
MNRK Heavy
Relapse Records
Nefarious Industries
Napalm Records
Brimming Horn Meadery
Pull the Plug Patches
Wake Brewing
Translation Loss Records
Indiemerchstore
Gimme Metal
Widowmaker Brewing
Bone Up Brewing
Sabbath Brewing
Dark Descent Records
Victory Brewing Company

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Track Premiere: Assumption – “Submerged by Hadean Tides”

Formed in 2011, Italian death/doom project Assumption is a cosmic curiosity. In a genre replete with plodding clones, Assumption embody creativity  and compositional strength. Instead of dragging the genre deeper into the sewers, the band ascended to outer space on their The Three Appearances EP (2014). With heady themes and a sinister psychedelic flare, Absconditus (2018) further delivered on that promise. Now we find ourselves at the haunted shores of the band’s upcoming masterpiece Hadean Tides. The album will be released by Everlasting Spew, with Sentient Ruin handling the vinyl distro in the United States. Thanks to those labels, Decibel Magazine is eager to share the album’s first single “Submerged by Hadean Tides.” Assumption will alter our DNA when they release the full album on May 20th.

“Submerged by Hadean Tides” begins with an ominous hush of synths and cymbals. When Claudio Troise’s bass rumbles into the mix it’s a harbinger of heaviness to come. The song slithers through shimmering passages before diving into a murky lurch. At 3:23, Assumption rumbles into a new groove before guitar solos light up the track like lethal solar flares. But Assumption aren’t just a slug-it-out, slow ‘n’ low death metal band clinging to doomy tempos. When they hit a sprint with blastbeats they’re just as devastating as when they’re chewing on a thick riff.

Like the amazing cover painting from Mariya Popyk, Hadean Tides is comprised of shadows and lava-hot bursts of ferocity. The brilliant mixing from Manueke Marani and mastering from Xavier Berthiaume help achieve that balance. In their hands, Giorgio Trombino’s growl sounds like a cosmic force. This track is a fantastic glimpse into the album’s power. Hadean Tides is the type of album that feels like stepping into a parallel dimension where oceans are full of fire. Drown in the flames and press play below.

 

Pre-order from Everlasting Spew HERE or HERE

To grab a vinyl copy in the USA, order from Sentient Ruin HERE

Follow Assumption on Facebook for news and updates HERE

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No Corporate Beer Reviews: Blueberry Dreamboat

Beer: Blueberry Dreamboat
Brewery: Superstition Meadery (Prescott, AZ)
Style: Mead – Other
6.9% ABV / N/A IBU

Blueberry Dreamboat bills itself as a “hoppy milkshake session mead,” which is three adjectives you don’t normally see applied to mead, but all of them are truly spot on. The milkshake part comes from Superstition’s use of lactose and vanilla, producing a deliciously-drinkable mead that is both creamy and extremely fruit-forward. There’s tons of blueberry flavor and a decent amount of sweetness, which, in turn, is balanced out by the hops, both of which take the edge of the “medicinal” qualities produced by the mead brewing process.

Pretty much everything Superstitition Meadery is doing right now represents the next step in the evolution of mead. Hopping mead? Check. Barrel-aging mead? Check. Funky flavors? Check. They can make a peanut butter and jelly flavored mead and sell it for $100 a bottle and comfortably lay claim to their spot as one of the world’s elite producers of mead. But at the same time, the Prescott, AZ based meadery is also taking great stabs at producing meads that are both affordable and enticing for those than want more of a “beer” experience that an oenophile one.

Blueberry Dreamboat is about half of the ABV of Susperstition’s regular line of bottled meads. It’s also available in 18oz cans only, which means it’s designed to be consumed in one sitting like beer or cider. It’s perfect for splitting, because it’s still 2x as strong as a comparable session beer But as a solo drinking affair, Blueberry Dreamboat is still a really pleasurable experience, especially as it warms to room temperature and the flavor of the honey starts to emerge. As with the very best meads, you can actually taste the bee pollen (which is a bit floral and slightly bitter), resulting in a mead that’s unpretentious enough to pour straight from the can into your mouth.

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Enforced Premiere New Single, “Casket,” via the Decibel Flexi Series!

After a three-year… let’s call it a “hiatus,” The Decibel Magazine Tour triumphantly returns this Friday! And the very first band kicking off the very first date at the probably-sold-out-by-the-time-you-read-this Tampa date are Richmond thrash battalion Enforced! And what better way to celebrate than to debut the Enforced’s Decibel Flexi Series contribution “Casket”?! This ripper was recorded during the band’s Kill Grid sessions biut now you can finally hear the 134th entry in our vaunted flexi series below. Then head off to the dB store where we have an extremely limited amount of the issues containing the Enforced flexi available. Miss out, and you’re funeral.

 

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Blast Worship – Full Body Punishment

Where they from?
Viareggio, Italy. Did anyone see those NFL playoff games this past weekend? HOLY SHIT. I haven’t been this excited since I saw Cats live on Broadway. This is not a joke; I really saw Cats in 2018 and got my face painted and everything. It was a magical time. I’ve always considered myself to be a Mr. Mistoffelees in spirit.

Why the hype?
After a couple of spins I realized that this record was probably made by a guy who just bought one of those grindcore drumloop packs from Facebook sponsored ads and then recorded guitars and vocals over some of the loops. The crazy thing is that the resulting record is somehow better than the vast majority of crap that gets tagged as “grindcore” on Bandcamp. Yes, virtually every song on this album has the same BPM (or tempo or whatever the fuck you music nerds call it), but there’s plenty of tasty guitar riffs that recall glory days Nasum and some of the harshest extreme metal vocals I have heard in a long time, which makse this record absolutely standout despite its supposed constructional limitations. If only every one-man band could be this good!

Latest release?
The Endless Gear, self-released. It really is a kind of interesting, John Cage-esque experiment that every song on this album essentially features the same 3/4 drum patterns played at the same speed. One of the most entertaining things about grindcore is that it is intrinsically such a limited genre but that these limitations also allow it to explore territory that no other type of music does. What I guess I’m really trying to say is that all this album needed was a saxophone solo and it would be perfect.

The Endless Gear by Full Body Punishment

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