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