Gruesome’s “Savage Land”: Track-by-Track Breakdown with Vocalist/Guitarist Matt Harvey

Gruesome’s “Savage Land”: Track-by-Track Breakdown with Vocalist/Guitarist Matt Harvey

Last week, we brought you an exclusive stream of Savage Land, the forthcoming debut LP from Death-worshipping supergroup Gruesome. This week, vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Dekapitator, the “Death to All” tour) breaks down the inspiration for each song and provides some hilarious insight on what it’s like to write and record music that’s delightfully derivative. 

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Decibel Tour IV Is Dead. Long Live Decibel Tour IV!

We're not gonna hurt ourselves patting our own backs, and we're not even going to TRY to give ourselves a reacharound (the top of the masthead is separated by a couple states anyway); we're just going to offer our sincerest thanks to all the bands, promoters, venues, managers, crew and fans who made the fourth annual Decibel Magazine Tour an extremely memorable experience. 

After three weeks, the tour concluded successfully in New York City last Sunday -- and we after-partied in style with a free Vallenfyre gig at Brooklyn heavy haven Saint Vitus. (Check out the full performance right here!) The last three gigs were sold out, and in fact a third of the dates overall were accomplished the same. It's a sure sign that adventurous bills like these -- bringing together doom, hardcore, death metal and more -- can kick ass on a national scale (okay, a little self-fellatio never hurt). We can't wait to roll up our longsleeves and start curating the fifth installment of this monster. See you all out on the road next year!

STREAMING: SWARÞ "Omines Pestilentiae"

Swarþ

SWARÞ's origins and members are unknown. The group (could be quartet or a solo outfit), however, have managed to capture the imagination of black metallers everywhere over the course of three stridently evil demos. The first issue of SWARÞ's demos, called Omines Pestilentiae, were issued last year as a double LP. Now, the CD version is on the black horizon. To celebrate the release of Omines Pestilentiae on CD, Decibel has teamed up with SWARÞ (no, we don't know WHO they are) to premiere the entire Omines Pestilentiae in its entirety. The abyss is waiting...

** SWARÞ's new album, Omines Pestilentiae, is out April 30th on Daemon Worship. The digipak CD and digital are available HERE. For fans of Deathspell Omega, Svartidauði and Sinmara.

VIDEO: Order of Apollyon "Our Flowers are the Sword and the Dagger"

Order of Apollyon

Comprised of members from Aosoth, Antaeus, and Temple of Baal, France's The Order of Apollyon aren't the joking type. You won't find jokes about gurgling menstrual blood-both for supper or day trips to the epicurean gynaecologist---that's saved for the group's gore-grind project, cutely named Genital Grinder. Instead, The Order of Apollyon are solely focused on flat-black darkness and the evil that swirls menacingly within.

That being said, we're displeased as Lucifer's bank account to announce we have the video premiere of The Order of Apollyon's "Our Flowers are the Sword and the Dagger". In it, the Parisians lay waste to our religiously formatted senses. Bring it on! But first a public service announcement from The Order of Apollyon mastermind B.S.T.

"This track's lyrics are about martyrdom, and how sacrifices win wars. Aside from the obvious allusion to Christ, one can read into this references to the Muslim tradition, as well as various forms of indoctrinations from regimes that lead their devotees to Glorious Deaths."

** Order of Apollyon's new album, The Sword and the Dagger, is out now on Listenable Records. It's available HERE now for death-heads, senior occult managers, and children of the night.

Noisem Spark Up Sophomore Stunner in the June Issue

They turned -- and decapitated -- heads opening the 2014 Decibel Tour, they "defiled" the Flexi Series, and their debut was our ninth favorite record of 2013. Now the teenage thrashers of Noisem have graduated to Decibel's cover, and they've revved up a worthy successor in Blossoming Decay. We chronicle the Baltimore quintet's fast ascent to metal's upper echelon in the June issue.

More young guns blaze within our hallowed Hall of Fame. Death Angel forged a path for young shredders everywhere with their 1987 masterpiece, The Ultra-Violence, and we corral the classic lineup for an exclusive look back.

This stacked issue also features the latest on High on Fire's new album, a review of Faith No More's long-awaited comeback, and a typically twisted Agoraphobic Nosebleed flexi. Pick up the June Decibel now!

Throw Me a Frickin' Label Hack: Polish Dream-Black Mornië Utúlië

Throw Me a Frickin' Label Hack: Polish Dream-Black Mornië Utúlië

Poland’s one-man, one-woman (and thus, probably Church approved) blackened frost-treaders Mornië Utúlië offer one of those perfect blends of intent, image and music.  Calling a black metal record Sny (Polish for “dreams” and, coincidentally – thanks Google Translate – Afrikaans for “cuts”) and draping the cover in a field of stars certainly sets up expectations that this might be a toothless, undistorted bliss-out, but Mornië Utúlië’s adventures into the void turn out to be way more Darkspace roar than Alcest sigh.  Like the subtle merging of Nosferatu and nebula on the cover, Mornië Utúlië throttle up the terror in in their yawning darkness and never settle for mere atmospheric meandering.

We asked Bartosz Brożek, the man behind the music, about his journey and his newest creation, so you can read all about it after the jump while you stab through the cosmos with Sny and a video for the late-album cut “W Nocy Płynie Chłodny Wiatr” featuring gal-vocalist Ewa Kleszcz.  If you dig, be sure to head over to the Mornië Utúlië’s Facebook site or Bandcamp page, where the album lives.

Live long, prosper, eat the weak and fear your dreams! 

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LIVE REVIEW: SOOTHING THE CREAK IN MY BONES AT THE DARK ROOTS OF THRASH TOUR II – TESTAMENT/EXODUS/SHATTERED SUN, TORONTO 4/15/15

LIVE REVIEW: SOOTHING THE CREAK IN MY BONES AT  THE DARK ROOTS OF THRASH TOUR II – TESTAMENT/EXODUS/SHATTERED SUN, TORONTO 4/15/15

Metal is falling deeper and deeper into a retro-obsessed morass. As such, folks will forever debate both sides of the ‘should they or shouldn’t they be digging out old treasures/does the old school crowd care about the new school stuff/does the new school crowd care about the old school stuff/should the band in question have broken up years ago’ arguments. Tonight, and this tour as a whole, is a solid indication that everyone on all sides of all arguments is both right and wrong. The Dark Roots of Thrash tour demonstrates that the entire span of a given band’s career means different things to different groups of people and everyone is valid in expressing their love of whatever era of a band they happen to love.

Read the rest of the review (and retro commentary) after the jump.

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