Entries tagged with: Decibel
Year-end list season began earlier this week, and now metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2015. You can check out artwork and commentary if you pick up the issue, and browse the full list below. Like last year, they saved the top spot for a promising young band (and actually this time the #2 slot is one too). But they've of course got veterans as always, like Enslaved (#37), Napalm Death (#25), Iron Maiden (#23), Satan (#12), Killing Joke (#10) and more. They have a good amount of the "indie crossover" metal on there, like Ghost (#34), Myrkur (#28), Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (#27), Deafheaven (#19) and the Baroness album that isn't even out yet coming in at #6. There are also comeback albums from two not-exactly-metal bands: Failure (#22) and Refused (#15). Check out the full list below.
Two bands on this list will be going on the Decibel Mag tour in 2016.
Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.
At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.
Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...
Converge at Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
The always-huge Decibel Magazine tour has been announced for 2015, and this one features At the Gates, Converge (who played the mag's 100-issue celebration last year), and Vallenfyre (mems At the Gates, My Dying Bride, etc), with more openers to be announced. That is an absolutely stacked lineup. The reunited At the Gates are releasing At War With Reality, their first album since 1995, next week. Converge have been playing shows and are working on new material. Vallenfyre are playing Maryland Deathfest. These three bands are all as excellent as they are stylistically distinct, making this a must-catch for the heavier crowd.
The tour will close with an NYC show on April 12 at Webster Hall, for which tickets will be on sale Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.
All dates for the Decibel tour are listed, along with a stream of a new At the Gates song, footage of Vallenfyre's recent set at Obscene Extreme fest, and a cool video of Converge playing live, shot from a go pro camera on drummer Ben Koller's head, below...
Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.
Check out the full list below...
John Baizley of Baroness at Union Transfer, Jan 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean)
The driver of a coach that plunged 30ft (9m) from a viaduct near Bath is to be charged with dangerous driving.In the months since the accident, John Baizley and the Baroness crew have recovered slowly but surely, and Baizley along with guitarist Pete Adams have ventured out to play some live gigs. Check out photos from their Philadelphia date with Neurosis at Invisible Oranges and a couple photos of John Baizley at the Decibel show.
Norman Markus was driving the band Baroness in the coach after a Bristol gig at the time of the crash in August.
...German national Mr Markus, 39, also faces charges of using a vehicle with defective brakes and breaching a 7.5 tonne weight limit.
...Mr Markus is also facing charges of insufficient daily and weekly rest periods and using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury.
He has also been charged with not having the correct licence entitlement to drive the coach involved in the crash.
He is due to appear before Bath Magistrates' Court on 5 April. -[BBC]
Napalm Death at Gramercy, Oct 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Decibel Tour, announced at the heavy mag's 100th issue show, has been confirmed and dates have emerged for the North American trek featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and Immolation. Look for supporting slots from Cretin, Beyond Creation, and Magrudergrind along the way and the NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg at June 5 is with Magrudergrind. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon and regular sale on Friday (1/25) at noon.
All tour dates and the tour flyer, below.
Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?
DOWNLOAD: Agalloch - "The Watcher's Monolith" (MP3)
Decibel has released their top 40 metal albums of the year, abd Agalloch's Marrow of The Spirit landed at #1. That's the art above. Order a copy now (it is great) and check out a song from that LP above. We followed Agalloch through Eastern Europe earlier this year and interviewed both John Haughm and Aesop Dekker (who also plays drums in another Top 40 band, Ludicra). - BBG
Dig on the full Decibel list below...
Baroness @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/20/2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
BBG will publish his own list of the best metal albums of 2009, but in the meantime here's what Decibel Magazine had to say:
by Black Bubblegum
Witch dropped Paralyzed in March, and it was recently named as one of the best heavy albums of the year by Decibel.... check out that full list below. Look for a few of those to repeat on my own top metal list, coming very soon.
We knew that Witch counts J. Mascis as a member, but the band also contains (or, rather attempts to contain) Kyle Thomas, AKA King Tuff. King Tuff recently dropped his debut Was Dead on October 7th via Tee Pee which is also Witch's label.
J Mascis also recently released an album of his own, and on his own label... Baked Goods. Out now, J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma is a "collection of devotional songs dedicated to the living Indian Saint, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)" with all of the proceeds going towards "a vast range of humanitarian projects, including orphanages, charitable hospitals and free homes for the homeless". For more on Amma, head here.
Earthless (mem of Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Black Heart Procession) recently dropped their live album Live at Roadburn, captured at the ridiculawesome festival that will include Saint Vitus, Amon Duul II, Neurosis, and many other greats in 2009.
All lists and dates below...