Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly Adds Midnight, Gatecreeper, Necrot for 2020, All Tickets On Sale Now

Decibel has announced the final bands for their annual Metal and Beer Festival in Philadelphia. The final bands on the bill are Midnight, Gatecreeper and Necrot have joined the lineup of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly at the Fillmore Philadelphia on April 3-4, 2020. All tickets are on sale now for April. The second edition of their Los Angeles Fest is just weeks away and tickets are moving fast. The headliners for the fest include Napalm Death performing a special one-time-only set of exclusively Harmony Corruption and Utopia Banished songs, Converge playing Jane Doe in its entirety for their first time ever in the USA, and Pig Destroyer will help to present sponsors Relapse Records celebrate their 30th anniversary with the first-ever performance of PD’s game-changing Prowler in the Yard ! Continue reading

Converge, Pig Destroyer, Napalm Death, Mayhem and more Booked for Decibel Metal and Beer Fest 2020

Decibel Magazine’s flagship Metal and Beer fest in Philadelphia will host amazing bands, brewers and fans in 2020. Booked for  April 3-4 at The Fillmore, and the lineup looks sick with full-album sets from Converge (playing 2001’s Jane Doe), Pig Destroyer (playing 2001’s Prowler in the Yard in full for the first time), and Napalm Death (playing a one-time-only set of 1990’s Harmony Corruption and 1992’s Utopia Banished), plus Mayhem, Satan, Night Demon, Haunt, Magic Circle, Un, and more TBA. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cloud Rat – Pollinator

Cloud Rat has something to say, and if you’re not willing to lend an ear they’re just going to play louder and faster until they get your attention. No, there are rarely any moments that allow for you to catch your breath on Pollinator (Artoffact Records) so know from the rip that these Michiganders intend to keep your head submerged in gray waters for about thirty minutes. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Portrayal of Guilt – Suffering is a Gift

Yes, this is a review for Portrayal of Guilt’s Suffering is a Gift (Closed Casket Activities) and believe me we’ll get to it in a bit, but who the fuck tried to sell this to me as Screamo? Honestly, screamo? These Austinite’s aren’t looking to settle for some re-warmed Metalcore riffs and lofty choruses so we can leave that outdated subgenre in the circular file. The riffs and blast beats on Suffering is a Gift are eager for dust and blood. Continue reading

Victims – The Horse and Sparrow Theory

The Horse and Sparrow Theory (Relapse Records) really wants to let you know that Victims is about that Hardcore and D-beat life. Like every song on this bad boy is pre-loaded with that classic drum pattern. Every word is delivered with snarl and song with names like ‘There’s Blood on the Streets’ lets you know that these Swedes mean business. The only problem with all that is the in the pursuit of Punk rock fury, Victims forgot to write any memorable riffs. Continue reading

Ben Koller Cleared To Play Drums Again, Promises Announcements Soon

Just four months after breaking his elbow and a grueling regimen of physical therapy, Converge and Mutoid Man drummer Benjamin Koller has been given the all clear to play drums again at full strength. Converge is said to have new music expected for release this year and Mutoid Man has been touring relentlessly behind their excellent 2018 album War Moans. Continue reading

Minors – Abject Bodies

When Atrophy came out a year and a little bit ago, Ontario Hardcore outfit Minors made a lasting impression in their twenty-minute onslaught of Converge melancholy and frenetic All Pigs Must Die-like energy. It was another home run for Holy Roar Records, but due to its December release it sadly got overlooked by a large portion of the Metal media. Well, it’s a new year and with that comes new material from the Canadians in the form of Abject Bodies; a traumatic continuation of their uncompromising sludgy, Hardcore oppression. Continue reading