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Living in the Now & Existing with GREG PUCIATO

In modern terms, 2020 has been a year to forget for the majority of people on Mother Earth, as people’s basic privileges continue to be stripped to a bare minimum there is a flow of thoughts for each individual that is theirs and their own. This era has and will continue to define us as a species individually and as a whole! What does it mean to “exist” at present? Well, let’s hear one man’s personal story right here and right now!

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BENEDICTION – “Scriptures”

Right down into it and no fuckin’ around – Benediction’s new album Scriptures? Well, it fuckin’ rules!

Classic no holds barred, straight up killer death metal just as the old school forefathers of the genre intended. Regardless of whether they were from the U.S of A or the U.K., death metal at its very core was always meant to be foreboding, dirty, angry and unapologetic.

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PERIPHERY To Release Live Album

Periphery have announced their first live album Periphery: Live In London will be released on November 13.

Guitarist Jake Bowen explains: “For years Periphery has wanted to do a live record. We’d always talk about it, what show would we capture? When would we do it? What would we want it to sound like? On Nov. 15, 2019, we figured out the answers to those questions by capturing our entire show in London and we couldn’t be more excited to show it to everyone.

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RUFF MAJIK Release Fiery New Album

South African music machine Ruff Majik have released their latest album The Devils Cattle.

An eclectic blending of rock, stoner rock and occult rock, The Devils Cattle sees Ruff Majik at their electrifying best with a collection of 13 songs that each differ markedly from the others.

Watch “Who Keeps Score” from the album below:

 

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No Corporate Beer Reviews: Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

Beer: Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
Brewery: Lost Coast Brewery (Eureka, CA)
Style: Stout – Milk/ Sweet
5.6% ABV / 21 IBU

You put your chocolate in my peanut butter. You put your peanut butter in my chocolate. Two great tastes that – hey, wait a second. Why are peanut butter flavored stouts and porters becoming so ubiquitous? Peanut butter is a pretty strange ingredient for any beverage, but it’s a mainstream ingredient in candy, and stouts tend to be trending in the candy and “pastry” flavored direction, so here we are., wondering whether to welcome our new peanut butter overlords.

I’ve sampled a number of peanut butter flavored beers, and Lost Coast’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout is definitely worthy of your attention. Within the field, I give Belching Beaver Brewery the edge because their peanut butter chocolate milk stout features the aroma of roasted peanuts. But Lost Coast delivers on all of the elements it advertises, and boasts a creamy mouthfeel from the lactose, a hint of chocolate to balance out the stout base and a similarly subtle peanut butter element that recalls the taste of Nutter Butter cookies.

If anything, the milk stout part is muted; it is a beautifully-colored beer but not especially toothsome one. The label—which describes this as a “malt beverage with natural flavors and caramel color”—may explain why. Lost Coast’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout but would benefit from more body. Most stouts are very malt-forwarded, but the flavor of the lactose here dominates. Still, this is so easy-drinking for a beer of this style that it’s bound to turn some heads among stout skeptics.

For more info, check out Lost Coast Brewery here.

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Obituary’s Live Stream Concert Series Continues Saturday With ‘Cause of Death!’

In April 2019, just under 2,000 unblessed souls experienced Obituary‘s first-ever live performance of Cause of Death — one of the greatest death metal albums ever recorded — in its entirety. You guys are totally welcome. Those of you who couldn’t make it to the Fillmore Philly get a chance at redemption tomorrow when Obituary host the second in their live stream series, this one being the first-ever live stream performance of Cause of Death in its entirety. Tickets are just $15 and available here. Or you can grab the three-show bundle for just $40 and get access to last week’s performance of their debut classic Slow We Rot in its entirety as well as next week’s final livestream of rare and special tracks! The CoD stream will be live from the ESI Streaming Studio in Tampa, FL. The third stream will be broadcasted live from the band’s recording studio in Gibsonton, FL.

“The World Health Organization has announced an earth shattering advisory,” says the band. “They’ve tried to develop a vaccine… they’re employing any treatment they can think of….but upon repeated examination and the indisputable death toll it has been confirmed… THERE IS NO CURE FOR METAL!!!!! And with that in mind, we aim to deliver you from the pain within… the pain without this intangible substance your soul survives to crave… and present you with a trifecta of infectious disease that is sure to please your senses… socially distanced, WE WILL ROT TOGETHER!!!!!!”

So, go! To find the arise… or at the very least, find the best, safest concert experience you can enjoy this weekend!

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Five For Friday: October 23, 2020

October really is the best month, isn’t it? It’s a time of bright colors, horror movies, and excellent weather. A perfect setting for atmospheric black metal, mournful doom metal, and blood-soaked death metal.

Guess what, readers? This week’s roundup of new releases has all of that and more!

Enjoy…

Ceremonial Bloodbath – The Tides of Blood

A bloodbath of grim, nightmarish, and noisy riffs. This Canadian quartet comes armed with the dark, eerie legacy of Onward to Golgotha and its various outgrowths to make for satisfyingly horrid listening experience. Perfect music for scaring children who went with a “cute” costume for Halloween (lame!).

The Tides of Blood by Ceremonial Bloodbath

Iskandr – Gelderse Poort

It’s been a great year for Eisenwald, with stellar releases from Turia, Fluisteraars, Uada, Velnias, and now Iskandr to take us into the 2020s final dying months. The Gelderse Poort EP comes as the project’s fourth release, and arrives courtesy of O from the aforementioned Turia. Spooky, introspective, thought-provoking black metal and folk.

Gelderse Poort by ISKANDR

Mörk Gryning – Hinsides Vrede

One of the many unsung heroes of Swedish black metal, a subject we’ve touched on before, returns with their first album since reuniting in 2016. The band is as icy, cold, ripping and melodic as ever. Heaviness with elegance and hooks. Hard to argue against that.

Stream: Apple Music

Hinsides Vrede by MÖRK GRYNING

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days

Here’s what our loyal bird-brained expert, Waldo, had to squak about Forgotten Days:

On their fourth record, American doomsters Pallbearer hit us with their most “metal” effort in years, Forgotten Days. This is doom, no doubt, but to succinctly pigeonhole this is a little tough. The best way to describe this record is “vintage doom”, and although it has a more retro feel, it is most definitely Pallbearer.

Stream: Apple Music

Forgotten Days by Pallbearer

Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind

From our premiere of “Acidic Twilight Visions”:

It’s pure death metal worship, pulling inspiration from genre forefathers like Incantation, Cannibal Corpse and Demlich, plus newer bands like Tomb Mold. It’s a pretty simple formula, but an effective one: instead of reinventing the wheel, Undeath beat the listener over the head with the old one.

Stream: Apple Music

Lesions Of A Different Kind by Undeath

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EP Premiere: Holy Death – Deus Mortis

Since forming in 2019 the Las Vegas-based death-doom trio Holy Death have been on a seemingly non-stop rampage, releasing one monumental EP after the next as if dire circumstances demanded it. In a sense, they do. Because, as it turns out, Holy Death’s guitarist/vocalist Torie John has touched the other side. 

“The band was formed after I had a near death experience in 2019,” explains Holy Death’s frontman. “Within a month or so of being discharged from the hospital our first demo was recorded and released.” 

From personal experience, let me tell you that nothing will make you seize the day (and the night and every minute in-between) like a near death experience. Meanwhile Holy Death’s brand of monolithic, heavy-hitting death-doom gets more potent with each new release. Today we’re psyched to present our readers with an exclusive early stream of Holy Death’s third EP of 2020, Deus Mortis. Meaning ‘God of Death,’ Deus Mortis hits like a giant’s skull used for a wrecking ball—five times over, including their knuckle-dragging overhaul of Entombed’s divisive “Wolverine Blues.”

Torie continues to explain, “Over the past year the band has been shaping its sound. On this EP things have really come together sonically. We have our own blend of death and doom—drawing inspiration from bands such as Bolt Thrower, Electric Wizard, Entombed and Sleep. Overall, we wanted to write heavy, crushing, groove-driven songs. The title track of the album Deus Mortis was inspired lyrically by a Hindu mantra for the God of Death, Yama. All the songs on the EP share a common lyrical theme of spiritual and metaphysical freedom. After my brush with death last year I really began to dig deep and explore those spiritual connections I had taken for granted—ensuring I would be true to myself like any day could be my last.”

Deus Mortis
Deus Mortis by Holy Death

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Demo:listen: Crossspitter

Later this fall, NYC-based label Stygian Black Hand will release Dry & Grinding Mouth, the three-song demo from stateside death metallers Crossspitter. Cloaked in the anonymity of the absolute bloodhaze their short, but heart-attack-heavy demo kicks up, Crossspitter seem to be more concerned with extreme blasphemy and shredding violent noise than with fame or fortune—as you’ll discover in the following interview. Typically we present our interviews a little differently, but since all three members of Crossspitter took it upon themselves to answer each question personally, and viciously, we thought it best to present the interview in full.

Dry & Grinding Mouth
Dry & Grinding Mouth by Crossspitter

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Ricky Spitter – Frenzied Death-throbbings, Afterlifeless Provings, Sneers

No way this is anyone’s first band, but it bursts with that kind of youthful first-band energy. What inspired Crossspitter’s creation?

 Norman: OUR EXTREME DISGUST FOR THE MORONIC AND PERPETUAL CHRISTIAN AGITATION OF HUMANITY! THESE WASTED BAGS OF GAS ARE POINTLESS AND UGLY PARASITES. THEY WISH TO CONVERT AND CONTROL, WE LIVE TO OPPOSE AND OVERTHROW!!!

Donna Violence: Do you sense the building hate? Hate that has been twisting you from the inside? With no hope for satisfaction, no hope for peace? Darling, it’s time to unleash spit and violence towards the colonizer church until you are nothing but an empty shrivelled husk.

 Ricky Spitter: One reason: to show off who is fucking boss regarding antichristian godhating death metal.

 

And what made you want to play blasphemous death metal?

Norman: WE HAD NO CHOICE. CROSSSPITTER’S FORMATION WAS MANDATED FROM WITHIN OURSELVES. WE ARE DRAWN TO EACH OTHER AND WE ARE REPULSED BY THE CROSS!!!

Donna Violence: Doth not the wolf drool upon the church gates with her ravenous pack abound? 

Ricky Spitter: We tried to be this hateful before but it didn’t work. 

Also where is Crossspitter from? Couldn’t seem to find a location anywhere in your bio.

 Norman: YOU WERE LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE ALL ALONG.  CROSSSPITTER IS FROM INSIDE YOU. CROSSSPITTER IS EVERY NASTY JAB AND ALL THE RIDICULE THAT MAY COME TO MIND WHENEVER YOU ARE FORCED TO ENDURE ANY OF CHRISTIANITY’S FOOLISHNESS. 

Donna Violence: Worry not; we will surely be in your backyard performing unspeakable acts. We will be in your very home spitting upon every cross … and you are free to join us

Ricky Spitter: Yea, we’re from the US. You don’t wanna fuck with us!!

Donna Violence – Void-guitar, Cruelty, Emulsified Taunts

So what do you yourselves call your brand of heavy-hitting, deep-roaring death metal? 

Ricky Spitter: I don’t know but I hope it makes you comfortable being a really disgusting person.

Donna Violence: Truly it is just noise and clamour. Effortless. Performed for personal amusement, regardless of the meaningless cacophony it creates.

Norman: WE OFFER INSULTORY METAL FROM THE HUMILIATING REALITY OF EARTH!!! SO DON’T TRY AND STOP US!! YOU CAN’T!!

 

What about this obsession with bodily fluids? How does the name Crossspitter capture your sound?

Donna Violence: Would you have preferred we called this CROSSSPISSER?  Yes, I reckon a depraved pervert like you would. This filth is for your ilk.

Norman: OUR LIPS SHRIVEL BY THE AMOUNT OF SPITTING WE RAIN UPON THEIR PITIFUL ICONOGRAPHY ANNUALLY!! BODILY FLUIDS ARE THE ONLY REAL SUBSTANCE THE CHRISTIANS PRODUCE—JUST PISS AND SHIT FROM THESE DICKHEADS AND ASSHOLES!! 

Ricky Spitter: You’re gonna need a big fuckin towel to mop this shit up, freaks. Yeah, go get the towel!!!

 

Short, brutal and utterly sadistic, but there’s no denying this demo sounds fantastic. What can you tell me about the recording process for this demo? Where, when and with whom?

 Norman: WE ORDERED WHOLESALE BULK MEDICAL AMPHETAMINE SALTS FROM ABROAD, AND UTILIZED THEM TO WITHSTAND AND SCRUTINIZE 6000+ HOURS OF EVANGELICAL CHURCH TELEVISION, 10000+ PAGES OF VATICAN RECORDS ON CRUSADES AND SEX ABUSE COVER-UPS, AND LISTENED TO 3500+ HOURS OF ALTERNATIVE CHRISTIAN RADIO. AFTER THE MONTH OF VOMITING WHICH THAT INDUCED, WE SENT OUR COLLECTIVE PUKE OFF TO GET MASTERED.

Ricky Spitter: Everything was out of tune and the guitar was all hollowed out too. The drums were all fucked up and some of them were haunted. NO producers, NO studios, just the fuckin basement!!!!

Donna Violence: It’s 2020. We still somehow have remaining Christians past due for extermination. They are growing bold in the face of their final end. Who in their right mind is actually worried about where some shit demo was recorded? Just make sure you’ve stockpiled enough ammo, love.

Norman – Ammonium Nitrate Megabass, Crosssplintering Conversations

What can you tell us about your pseudonyms?

Ricky Spitter: It’s actually Dick Spitter, but I got tired of putting smart asses in their place. 

Norman: I AM NORMAN.  I AM THE NORMAL MAN.  I AM.  IT’S NOT NORMAL TO KNEEL BEFORE THE IDOL EACH SUNDAY MORNING ONLY TO LEAVE AND BREAK THE SELF IMPOSED RULES YOU’VE PLACED ON YOURSELF WHILE CONSTANTLY ATTEMPTING TO SHACKLE EVERYONE AROUND WITH YOUR SHORT-SIGHTED HYPOCRISIES!!! FOAD!!!

Donna Violence: Donna Violence has a motto: “Life is meaningless, do whatever you want, stay slutty, keep it ugly.”

 

What has Crossspitter been up to since finishing the demo? Whats next for the band?

Donna Violence: We have full albums that creeps, cons and priests have all attempted to take away from us. They will have to pry them from our cold, wet mouths!!! We will thicken each song’s hate like the phlegm that drips from your rosary. We are unexpected, inevitable and fully deserved.

Norman: THERE ARE SO MANY MORE CHRISTIAN IDIOTS TO PUT DOWN AND WE HAVE SO MANY MORE HURTFUL TAUNTS FOR THEM ALREADY PREPARED!!!!!  THIS DEMO ALONE HAS PLACED US ON SEVERAL WATCH LISTS SO WE MUST RELEASE EACH INCIVILITY IN SHORT PANDEMONIUMIACAL BURSTS UTILIZING THE ELEMENT OF CROSSSLAUGHTERING SURPRISE!! YOU MAY WANT TO COVER YOUR EARS FOR OUR NEXT AFFRONT—IT WILL BE MAXIMALLY OFFENSIVE, LEWDLY WET, AND CERTAINLY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CHRISTIAN GOONS!!!

Ricky Spitter: UGH! I just hate the fucking church SO MUCH!!!!! That’s enough! This interview is OVER!!!

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HEAVY Magazine Australian Artists/Digi-Mag Issue #1

VIEW AUSSIE DIGIMAG #1 HERE

It is with great pride and pleasure that we bring to you the first-ever HEAVY Australian Artists Digi-Mag!

I have a few new ideas to bring to HEAVY but I felt it important to make sure this was the first new major change under my tenure because let’s face it, Aussie music stands equal to, if not better than, that of the rest of world.

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