Deconstructing the Doom Side of the Moon: An Interview with Kyle Schutt

Interview by Forrest Pitts In talking with The Sword‘s Kyle Schutt, one immediately feels compelled to load up a bowl, sketch out your alibi and call into work for the day. The undeniable contact high delivered via Kyle’s relaxed, cordial demeanor hard sells the idea of loosely cinching one’s bathrobe and throwing back a white Russian, all while lazily studying the horizon from your back porch. This siren call’s only further emphasized by Kyle’s current solo project: Doom Side of the Moon, a proto-heavy metal take on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side of the Moon LP. Certainly, many have tried their hand … Continue reading

DAVID ELLEFSON: Current MEGADETH Lineup 'Feels Like A New Band'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has confirmed that the band is contemplating returning to the studio at the end of the year to begin work on the follow-up to 2016’s “Dystopia” album. The Dave Mustaine-fronted band recently toured North America with MESHUGGAH and will play arenas this fall as the support act for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. Speaking to RAMzine at this month’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, Ellefson said about MEGADETH‘s plans for the coming months: “We’ve got a run with the SCORPIONS. Double headline tour across [the U.S.]. A lot of big places. And we were going to finish … Continue reading

GEORGE LYNCH 'Got Spanked' For Discussing TIM LAMBESIS's Release From Prison

George Lynch says that he had a “little falling out” with members of AS I LAY DYING because he revealed in an interview that Tim Lambesis had been released from prison after serving less than half of his six-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder. In May 2014, the AS I LAY DYING singer was sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to paying a San Diego police officer posing as a hit man $1,000 to kill his wife. Approximately two and a half years later — on December 17, 2016 — he was discharged from a California … Continue reading

Demo:listen: Malefaction

Welcome to Demo:listen, your weekly peek into the future of underground extreme metal. Whether it’s death, black, doom, sludge, grind, thrash, -core, heavy, speed, progressive, stoner, retro, post-, punk/, etc. we’re here to bring you the latest demos from the newest bands. On this week’s Demo:listen we expose the nefarious machinations behind New Jersey’s Malefaction. Formerly known as Nefarious Cabal, Malefaction is the latest incarnation to emerge from New Jersey’s cult of extreme metal-devotees calling themselves NVNM, for Nihil Verum Nisi Mors (roughly: Nothing is true except death). Perhaps you can recall the early days of Demo:listen, when we covered … Continue reading

SALE ENDS MONDAY: Last Chance to Get 5 Bonus Vinyl Singles!

Order this special Decibel subscription now and, in addition to your monthly flexi disc-containing issues of Decibel, we’ll send you the following standalone, OUT OF PRINT BONUS FLEXIS FREE: Kreator, “Earth Under the Sword”Panopticon, “Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing”Tribulation, “Devilock”/”Death Comes Ripping”Eyehategod, “The Liar’s Pslam”The Black Dahlia Murder, “This Mortal Coil” ft. Jeff Walker (originally by Carcass) HURRY because this killer promotion expires Monday August 28, so don’t wait. Choose flexi! *NOTE: The offer is also available to current subscribers if you renew here (your order will be processed as a renewal). While supplies last. Sorry, U.S. customers/addresses only. The post SALE ENDS MONDAY: Last Chance to … Continue reading

POWERMAN 5000 Returns With New Single, 'Sid Vicious In A Dress'; 'New Wave' Album Due In October

POWERMAN 5000‘s new single, “Sid Vicious In A Dress”, can be streamed below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “New Wave”, which will be released on October 27 via Pavement Entertainment. “New Wave” is POWERMAN 5000‘s eleventh official release since forming in 1992 and continues the strides and success, from their platinum-selling album “Tonight The Stars Revolt!” to their most recent chart-topping single in 2014, “How To Be A Human”. POWERMAN 5000 vocalist Spider One stated about “Sid Vicious In A Dress”: “I suppose at its simplest it’s a twisted love song, but really it’s about loving … Continue reading

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD Releases Video For 'Whatever It Takes'

“Whatever It Takes”, the new video from HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, can be seen below. The band’s own Charlie Scene co-directed the clip and remarked: “The song is about being driven by your own determination to succeed no matter what anyone else thinks. I wanted the video to show that same message.” “Whatever It Takes” is taken from HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD‘s fifth full-length album, “V” (Five), which will be released on October 27. “We’re five brothers, and this is our fifth record,” affirms HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD‘s Johnny 3 Tears. “Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a … Continue reading

DEVIN TOWNSEND: Heavy Metal 'Is Possibly The Most Sexless Genre That You Could Find'

Kristina Wolf of Allschools conducted an interview with Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend at this year’s edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which was held August 16-18 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if hair is directly related to “metal sexiness,” Devin said: “Is there such a thing? Metal sexiness? A bunch of sweaty dudes in black clothes? This is possibly the most sexless genre that you could find. But I think it makes it easier to manipulate yourself in middle age, because there’s no real need for you to pursue sexiness as a fundamental aspect … Continue reading

Video Premiere: MASTODON's 'Steambreather'

“Steambreather”, the new video from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON, can be seen below. The song taken from the band’s latest album, “Emperor Of Sand”, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The follow-up to 2014’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun” was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON‘s hometown, with producer Brendan O’Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album “Crack The Skye”. “Emperor Of Sand” finds MASTODON returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the … Continue reading

METALLICA, MASTODON, GWAR To Reissue Albums On Pink Vinyl For Fourth Annual 'Ten Bands One Cause'

METALLICA, MASTODON and GWAR are among the artists who will reissue their music on pink vinyl for the fourth annual Ten Bands One Cause. The initiative has raised over $144,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in 1989. This year’s releases include pink pressings of METALLICA‘s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, MASTODON‘s “Emperor Of Sand” and GWAR‘s “The Blood Of Gods”. They will be available for purchase at retailers nationwide wherever vinyl … Continue reading