Track Premiere: Grafvitnir – ‘Eye of Lucifer’

Grafvitnir‘s style of black metal is sharp and biting, rooted in the occult. On the Swedes fifth album, Keys to the Mysteries Beyond, they once again marry the occult with fierce black metal in an effective combination. On new song “Eye of Lucifer,” which you can stream below, Grafvitnir employ buzzsaw guitars, quick drumming and vocals that come across as something between a shriek and a ritual chant. For those who like their black metal as cold as the northern winds, Keys to the Mysteries Beyond will be a winner.   The post Track Premiere: Grafvitnir – ‘Eye of Lucifer’ appeared first on … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Vargrav – ‘Limbo of Abysmal Void’

Once upon a time in the early to mid-90s, black metal bands crafted these ornate and sprawling paeans to the majesty of wintertime, when the world was held in the grip of death and the land knew the sweet melancholy of prolonged darkness. It is to this bygone era that Finland’s latest one-man black metal band hearkens. While clearly indebted to bands such as (early) Emperor (there’s even a cover of “Ancient Queen”), Limbonic Art, Odium, and the like, Vargrav’s debut full length, aptly titled Netherstorm, is a silvery and splendorous beast all its own. Without giving too much away … Continue reading

Talkin ‘Bout Flex: Goatwhore

Since Issue #75, Decibel has brought you left-of-center b-sides, rarities, live recordings and new songs from top-tier metal bands via the outstanding Flexi Series.  Want to hear the stories behind these recordings?  Read on. photo by Peter Beste Six years ago, Goatwhore provided Decibel‘s twelfth flexi disc with a U.S.-President-colored rendition of Motörhead’s “Don’t Need Religion.”  The song hit our ears right around the time the band was bleeding out their fifth album, Blood for the Master.  In this month’s issue (#159, January 2018, Morbid Angel cover), Goatwhore return with a brand new track in the wake of their new face-wrecker Vengeful Ascension.  “Command to … Continue reading

WES BORLAND On CHESTER BENNINGTON: 'It's Terrible That People Get To A Place Where They Feel Like They Need To End Their Lives'

Metal Wani recently conducted an interview with LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked for his recollection of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington, who passed away this past summer, Borland said: “I only met him two times in my life. I only met him twice in passing. We played one show together where I remember talking to him and talking to all those guys. And then I ended up seeing him at a store in a mall somewhere one time. And it was just, like, ‘Oh, hey, man, how’s it going?’ And those … Continue reading

OBITUARY Releases 'Brave' Video, Announces European Tour

Florida-based death metal veterans OBITUARY have released a brand new music video for “Brave”, the opening track off their critically acclaimed, self-titled 10th studio album. The clip, which depicts the band enjoying a day of practice and backyard shenanigans at their home studio outside of Tampa, Florida, was directed by Shaun Egger. Additionally, OBITUARY has announced a month-long spring 2018 European headlining tour. The trek begins March 3 in Cologne, Germany and ends April 1 in Schijndel, Netherlands at Paaspop festival. OBITUARY commented on the tour: “We are super excited to be back on a headlining tour in Europe. We … Continue reading

POWERWOLF To Tour Europe With AMARANTHE

German heavy metal giants POWERWOLF have announced the first dates of their European “Wolfsnächte Tour 2018”. The wolves are celebrating their outstanding heavy metal masses across Europe starting in October, stopping in most major cities, and concluding November 17 at Saarlandhalle Saarbrücken. Swedish melodic metal sensation AMARANTHE and Germany’s heavy/glam high flyers KISSIN‘ DYNAMITE will be joining in as special guests. Comments Matthew Greywolf of POWERWOLF: “It’s about time for the wolves to come back and open a new chapter of the metal mass over Europe! We can’t wait for insane nights full of metal, energy and madness! See you … Continue reading

Former QUEENSRŸCHE Singer GEOFF TATE: 'There Are No Limits To What I Can Do Musically'

Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate says that there are no limits to what he can do musically now that he is recording and touring as a solo artist. Tate was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in 2012. A two-year legal battle followed where Tate sued for the QUEENSRŸCHE name, only for his former bandmates Michael Wilton (guitar), Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass) to respond with a countersuit. They eventually settled the dispute, with Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson continuing as QUEENSRŸCHE. Asked if it feels cathartic after so many years with QUEENSRŸCHE to create songs and CDs the way he envisions, … Continue reading

MONSTER MAGNET To Release 'Mindf**ker' Album In March

MONSTER MAGNET will release its 11th album, “Mindfucker”, on March 23, 2018 via Napalm. According to a press release, the disc “is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of hard rock music, kindled by the unpretentious proto-punk era. Up-tempo, savage in both sound and spirit, ‘Mindfucker’ is the real deal! The album has the potential to surprise and to whip up the love for the genre, while still giving the sludgies and stoner freaks exactly what they wish for in a new MONSTER MAGNET album.” Commented MONSTER MAGNET leader Dave … Continue reading

Interview with Bridge of Diod

Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians? Hi! We are Bridge of Diod, from Acqui Terme, Italy, a place famous for its wine, we would like to help make it possible to define it the birthplace of good music as well. The band consists of 4 members: an initial trio with Barbero Brothers, Stefano and Luigi, with the addition of Davide Leoncino, already all together in a previous cover band, and Sebastiano Riva, who joined the band very young and at his first important experience. The 4mation of damnation is … Continue reading

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Looks Back On VH1's 'SuperGroup': 'I Had A Blast Doing That'

During a recent interview with Long Island Pulse, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian spoke about his involvement with “SuperGroup”, the 2006 VH1 “reality” TV program starring Ian, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, Ted Nugent, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER). The premise of the show, which was filmed in February and March 2006, was to lock several musicians in a house for 12 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star … Continue reading

WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Posts Another Snippet Of Upcoming Solo Album

A new 17-second clip of a song from Wolfgang Van Halen‘s upcoming debut solo album is available below. The snippet was posted by Eddie Van Halen‘s son earlier this week on his Facebook page. It was reported earlier this year by Van Halen News Desk that Wolfgang Van Halen was “doing it all” on his upcoming disc. The VAN HALEN bassist is playing all the drums, bass, guitars and keyboards himself, in addition to handling all the vocal tracks. The web site spoke directly with a pair of people who had heard portions of the record, saying they “totally loved … Continue reading

SKINLAB Announces 'Brothers In Blood' Tour With PISSING RAZORS, SHATTERED SUN

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB have announced their first live dates of 2018. The short southwestern run, dubbed “Brothers In Blood” tour, will commence on January 25 in San Diego, wrapping on February 3 in Harlingen, Texas. Support on the trek will come from PISSING RAZORS and SHATTERED SUN. SKINLAB said in a statement: “We are pumped to start 2018 with this first batch of dates and look forward to getting the ‘LAB tank rolling along with the mighty PISSING RAZORS and SHATTERED SUN! Come get heavy!” Formed in 1994, SKINLAB has released four studio albums: 1997’s “Bound, … Continue reading

MINISTRY Announces Spring 2018 North American Tour; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

Industrial metal veterans MINISTRY will embark on a five-week North American tour in the spring. The trek, which kicks off on March 22 in Anaheim, California, will feature support from CHELSEA WOLFE. A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, December 14 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “CORRUPTED” to access tickets before the general public. The general on-sale for U.S. dates is Friday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tour dates: Mar. 22 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues (buy … Continue reading

Watch Quality Footage Of RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram Performing In Warsaw, Poland

“Dio Returns: The World Tour” — featuring Ronnie James Dio reuniting via hologram with his DIO bandmates — played its third show this past Saturday, December 9 at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland. The Ronnie hologram performed throughout the show, treating fans to an alternating setlist that featured songs such as “Rainbow In The Dark”, “We Rock”, “Neon Nights”, “King Of Rock And Roll”, “Man On The Silver Mountain”, “Heaven And Hell”, “Holy Diver” and more. Fan-filmed video footage of the Warsaw concert can be seen below. The “Dio Returns” tour features Ronnie‘s actual live vocals, with the DIO band playing … Continue reading

JACK RUSSELL Releases Lyric Video For 'Blame It On The Night', Written About Abuse His Wife Suffered As A Child

The official lyric video for the song “Blame It On The Night” from JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE — which features ex-GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell — can be seen below. The track is taken from JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE‘s debut album, “He Saw it Comin’”, which was released on January 27 via Frontiers Music Srl. Russell told Northwest Herald that “Blame It On The Night” was written about his wife, Heather Ann Russell. “Her father abused and molested her and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “It’s horrifying. I can’t understand how that kind of stuff can happen. I … Continue reading

DEEP PURPLE's ROGER GLOVER On Being Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: 'It's Not That Special To Us'

Morgan Richards Interviews recently had a chat with DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover. You can now listen to the question-and-answer session below. Asked about DEEP PURPLE‘s ongoing “The Long Goodbye Tour”, which has fueled speculation that the band is planning to retire from the road after travelling the globe countless times over the course of a nearly five-decade career, Glover said: “It was never set in stone in as much as we couldn’t give you a date [as to when we would play our final show]. But we know we’re gonna end sometime in the next year or the year … Continue reading

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON: 'I'm Not A Great Believer That A Voice Is Just About Singing'

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was recently interviewed on the Scandinavian talk show “Skavlan”. Also present in the studio were Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, and Swedish director and actor Felix Herngren. You can now watch the segment below. Speaking about how he takes care of his singing voice, Bruce said: “Your voice is a muscle, like anything else, and as long as you don’t abuse it and you use it correctly, then it will last. “I’m not a great believer that a voice is just about singing,” he continued. “A voice is a tool for communication. … Continue reading

RAY LUZIER Is Hoping Next KORN Album Will Be 'Even Heavier' Than 'The Serenity Of Suffering'

Metal Wani‘s Jake Patton recently conducted an interview with KORN drummer Ray Luzier. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked if KORN has begun writing music for the follow-up to 2016’s “The Serenity Of Suffering” album, Ray said: “We’re definitely talking about it. We’re always writing stuff — I mean, it’s a non-stop machine. Even on the road, we have three tour buses that are always in progress. Jonathan [Davis, vocals] always has his studio on his bus; you can’t eat on his table on his bus, because there’s speakers and several laptops and things going on — … Continue reading

Video Premiere: Black Wizard – ‘Feast or Famine’

Canadian outfit Black Wizard revel in the sounds of riff-laden heavy metal and stoner rock on their new album, Livin’ Oblivion. Written about their belief that ”We are living in an age where the powers of the World are taking steps backwards and moving away from a positive future,” Livin’ Oblivion almost makes the end of the world sound and feel like a party. “This is the first video we have ever done…” Black Wizard tell Decibel. “It took us way too long to hop on this wagon. Rob did a great job capturing the band in our natural habitat & showing off our live show energy. … Continue reading

Hungry for Something Fresh? Listen to Ellenséges Gombóc

Ellenséges Gombóc will probably be the most interesting thing you listen to today. That’s due in large part to the fact that the group’s members are all impressive musicians who seamlessly blend a multitude of genres (both metal and not metal) together, but they’re also different in their lyrical approach: all of Ellenséges Gombóc’s songs are about food, and they classify their brand of metal as “food metal.” The Czech band’s debut is called Six six six unwillingly given figs and features songs like “Pickle Mafia” and “Avocado Clan.” If Ellenséges Gombóc sound appetizing to you, you can find their entire debut and more information … Continue reading

Decibel’s Holiday Gift Guide for the Heavy Metal Fan

It’s not too late give the best metal gifts to the headbanger on your list. Order anything from the Decibel Store by December 19 at 12 pm EST for delivery in time for Christmas! Here’s a rundown of the best discounted and limited edition items on offer for the holidays! The Decibel Hall of Fame Anthology: Volume IIOnly $19.95 through the holidays! The hand-numbered, hardcover sequel to 2009’s Precious Metal collection includes 25 more Hall of Fame stories from Decibel’s renowned monthly feature on the making of classic metal albums. Includes out-of-print HOFs from Motörhead, Type O Negative, Rotting Christ, Sepultura, Incantation, Neurosis … Continue reading

DERRICK GREEN Doesn't Know If SEPULTURA Will Experiment More With Clean Vocals On Future Albums

Metal Wani‘s Jake Patton recently conducted an interview with SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked if he thinks SEPULTURA will experiment more with clean singing on the band’s follow-up to this year’s “Machine Messiah” album, Derrick said: “I don’t know. It’s hard to say. I mean, I was really feeling that in the writing process of this last album. It was one of the main reasons wanting to work with [producer] Jens [Bogren], because he did such a wonderful job with things that I’ve heard in the past that he’s worked on with … Continue reading

STAHV, or, How To Make Good Instrumental Metal

Solomon Arye Rosenschein’s first outing as STAHV succeeds where most of its ilk fail. Unlike most instrumental one-member doom bands, his first self-titled album hold my interest from beginning to end. STAHV by STAHV That STAHV works comes as no surprise; Rosenschein has cut his teeth as a member of doom duo Teacher and folk-pop outfit The Royal Oui. That said, out of all of his projects I like STAHV best. That’s why I’m streaming the whole damn thing in full below. It can be purchased on vinyl here and cassette here. In conjunction with the release, Rosenschein spoke with … Continue reading

GODSMACK Is 'Almost Done' Recording New Album; Teaser Clip Available

GODSMACK is “almost done” recording its follow-up to 2014’s “1000hp” album. The group’s seventh studio disc is being produced by Erik Ron (PANIC! AT THE DISCO, SAOSIN) and will arrive in 2018 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of GODSMACK‘s debut album. Earlier today, GODSMACK‘s official Twitter account was updated with a video from the studio containing a short clip of a brand new song. The band wrote in an accompanying caption: “Mr. Tony Rombola killin’ it in the studio!! The new album is ALMOST done…… who is ready!? #gs2018 … spread the word! #godsmack” GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna told … Continue reading

Neolithic Release New Song “Blinded;” Announce Two New Releases

Baltimore wrecking crew Neolithic have announced two releases and unveiled the first song from their EP Cult of Ignorance, due out in April. Titled “Blinded,” it’s a pummeling three minutes of crusty death metal that also wears a proud hardcore influence. Before Cult of Ignorance drops, Neolithic (who count among their ranks members of Pulling Teeth, and Putrisect) will unleash a split with Swedish crust outfit Martyrdöd. It’s due out February 15. Both releases will be out via Deep Six Records, and were recorded at Developing Nations and mastered at Audiosiege. You can listen to new song “Blinded” below.Cult of Ignorance by Neolithic The post … Continue reading

Video: ROB HALFORD, SLASH, ACE FREHLEY, DAVID ELLEFSON Perform At ALICE COOPER's 'Christmas Pudding'

Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Ace Frehley (KISS), Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES) and David Ellefson (MEGADETH) are among the musicians who performed at Alice Cooper‘s 16th annual “Christmas Pudding” show to benefit the legendary rocker’s Solid Rock Teen Center. Also appearing at the event, which was held on Saturday (December 9) at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, were PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner, COOPER guitarist Nita Strauss, Edgar Winter, FILTER, SIXWIRE, GARY MULE DEER, the Solid Rock Dancers and the winners of this year’s “Proof Is In The Pudding” talent contest. The Solid Rock Teen Center is a facility in Phoenix … Continue reading

VAN HALEN's 'Jump' Featured In New Trailer For STEVEN SPIELBERG's Ready Player One'

VAN HALEN‘s classic song “Jump”, the lead track from the band’s “1984” album, is featured in the new trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s “Ready Player One” movie. “Jump” is VAN HALEN‘s biggest hit, having reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for five weeks. Based on Ernest Cline‘s bestseller, “Ready Player One” will be released on March 30, 2018. Set in 2045 when the world is on the brink of collapse, it stars Tye Sheridan (“Mud”, “X-Men: Apocalypse”) as Wade Watts, a young man who decides to join the contest to find an Easter egg placed … Continue reading