The Ultimate Beer + Metal Book: Nothing But the Brewtal Truth

Readers of Decibel Magazine ought to be well familiar with Brewtal Truth, the monthly column in which Adem Tepedelen combined his love of extreme beer with extreme music long before it was cool to do so. Mr. Tepedelen penned the column for an entire decade, during which time it’s become commonplace for massive metal festivals and local shows alike to offer a wide variety of excellent craft beer choices. Remember when Shock Top qualified as the go-to “premium” beer at venues? It wasn’t that long ago! Call the man a…

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Ensiferum Announces North American Tour with Kalmah, Abigail Williams, and Aenimus

Folk metal folk heroes Ensiferum have announced their next headline run of North America. The trek will kick off in mid-November, with support coming from Kalmah, Abigail Williams, and Aenimus. If anyone goes, please see if you can get Kalmah to sign an burbot for you. I feel like that would be the ultimate piece of Kalmah memorabilia, right? No I don’t know how you’d preserve the fish. One problem at a time. ANYWAY, dates are below. No word for an on-sale date, but watch this space for tickets. Nov.…

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Listen to the First New Lord Mantis Song in Five Years

Lord Mantis have had a tumultuous past five years, to put it mildly. After releasing Death Mask to great acclaim in 2014, they underwent some sudden and substantial line-up changes, including the loss of bassist-songwriter Charlie Fell and guitarist Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams). Then tragedy struck in 2016, when drummer Bill Bumgardner (also of Indian fame) died at the too-young age of 35. And then we didn’t hear anything from Lord Mantis for three years. Fortunately, the band appears to have rebounded. They’ve announced that they’ll release Universal Death Church,…

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New Heavy Metal Magazine to Include Slipknot, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Mastodon, and More

I mean, all of those bands have obviously been in their share of heavy metal magazines. But now they’re going to be in Heavy Metal, the fantasy magazine that has been running for 40+ years now. The magazine’s next issue — #295 — will be music-themed, focusing specifically on “adaptations” of songs by an array of noteworthy metal bands: “‘Heavy Metal’ has a music festival worthy lineup of song adaptations coming your way! SLIPKNOT’s first appearance in the magazine. Megadeth’s ‘The Skull Beneath The Skin’ written by Tim Seeley. Mastodon…

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Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves, The New Regime) on The MetalSucks Podcast #306.5

In this special half-episode episode we catch up with Nine Inch Nails and Angels & Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin about his solo project, The New Regime. Ilan tells us about his choice to release the album as four EPs — titled Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul — how much touring he would like to do with The New Regime despite his commitments with NIN and Angels & Airwaves, the difficulty of juggling all of his projects, pulling double-duty on tours with multiple bands, and the importance of time-managing and efficiency…

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Listen to Blut Aus Nord’s New Song, “Nomos Nebuleam”

French black metal visionaries Blut Aus Nord are getting ready to release Hallucinogen, their 13th full-length studio album, and they’ve dropped the record’s debut single and opening track, “Nomos Nebuleam.” Press copy says of the album: Hallucinogen begins a new era for Blut Aus Nord, ending the cycle of clandestine industrialized dissonance that culminated with previous transmission Deus Salutis Meæ and moving skyward into freshly melodic territories of progressive clarity. Interweaving dreamlike choirs, inimitable harmonic developments, reflective clean guitars, palpable organic drumming, and a welcome rock and roll swagger, Hallucinogen is a spacious, emotionally wide-ranging record…

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Rob Zombie Calls Making His Halloween Movies “A Miserable Experience”

If you’re one of those people — and I certainly am! — who strongly disliked Rob Zombie’s two entries into the Halloween franchise, you may or may not take some comfort in the knowledge that Rob had just as little fun making them as we did watching them. The revelation comes from a new interview with Forbes. Although the topic of the discussion is mainly Zombie’s highly anticipated new movie, 3 from Hell, he does also delve into what an unpleasant time he had making Halloween (2007) and Halloween II…

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The Ghost Inside Booked for Australian Festival in January, 2020

The Ghost Inside’s steady return from the bus crash that resulted in life-changing injuries four years ago continues. After playing their first show since the accident this past July and revealing that they’re working on new music with Fit for an Autopsy’s Will Putney and A Day to Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon, the band stated that they were planning a handful of shows for 2020. An announcement that the band planned to perform at Germany’s Full Force festival next June followed, and earlier this week The Ghost Inside revealed they will headline the 2020 edition of Australia’s…

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Ghost Lawsuit Update: Appeal Court Date Set for March 2020

The lawsuit brought against Ghost frontman/mastermind Tobias Forge by four former “Nameless Ghoul” band members drags on and will continue at least until three years from when it was first filed in April of 2017. The former members alleged in the suit that Forge took financial control over the band after an initial handshake agreement that profits were to be split equally. Notably, the filing of the suit had the result of unveiling Forge’s identity, as well as those of the former members, after performing anonymously for years. The case…

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Danny Carey: Tool Already Have “Tons of Material” For Next Album

Tool drummer Danny Carey is modest when it comes to predicting how long it’ll be before Tool release their next album. Fans won’t have to wait another 13 years, he says… but be prepared to wait at least five! Tool, you see, already have “tons of material” for their next record, he says. But he’s quick to qualify that statement, explaining that Tool’s writing process centers around taking riff ideas or patterns written by individual band members and then stitching them together and re-working them as a group. It’s those…

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