If you had to guess, which country do you think would have the most metal politician? Could it be England, arguably the birthplace of heavy metal? Nope. The musically rich countries of Sweden or Norway? Wrong. How about the good ol' USA? Not even close. The answer is Indonesia, with its current Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo.
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with booming Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway during his stint on the 2013 Decibel Magazine tour, one of the most sonically brutal touring bills ever put together. Along with detailing the most memorable aspects of the tour, we spoke with Barney about new Napalm Death material, the band performing much of the 'Scum' record + much more.
Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway is one of the most outspoken musicians in the world of metal. When he's not using his terrifyingly booming voice to sonically brutalize his audience, the otherwise soft-spoken frontman often shares his views on a great deal of social and political issues. In our most recent interview with Greenway, we gave him the floor to speak about any issue of his choice, and the vocalist chose to address his support for gay marriage.
Bringing out the real-life killer in a hardcore horror movie fanatic is a simple practice -- all you have to do is remake an iconic horror film, and suddenly giant men in Jason masks are chasing you with machetes in hand. Remaking a classic horror film is often a practice more evil and psychotic than the genre's most bloodthirsty villains, but the modern adaptation of 'Evil Dead' is said to have broken the tragic cycle of creative failure. In that spirit, several metal musicians recently came together to offer their thoughts on the original 'Evil Dead' films, along with the 2013 re-imagining.
Starting off the Stage Dive Region of March Metal Madness 2013 are two classic albums that will make you want to destroy all your possessions in a metal-fueled tornado of rage. Giants and innovators meet in this first round battle in the quest to determine the greatest metal album of all time.
When fellow metalheads are in dire need, the underground music community has a strong history of coming together and selflessly lending a hand. After a gruesome bus crash last year, the members of Baroness were left with serious injuries and daunting medical bills. In response, acts such as Mastodon, Meshuggah, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Circle Takes the Square, Municipal Waste and many more have donated rare items for the upcoming Baroness Relief auction.
Crushing! Absolutely crushing! Decibel Magazine brought an incredibly evil tour headlined by Behemoth last year and a massive celebration for their 100th issue with Converge and Pig Destroyer this past weekend, but the publication has outdone itself once again with a 2013 tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and many more.
Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth have the technical abilities to play almost any metal song ever written. During a tour stop in Germany, the band recently performed two legendary tracks, one of which is perhaps the world's easiest metal song to play, mostly because it's only two-seconds long.
The Acacia Strain just captured their fourth consecutive victory in our series of Death Matches, beating out Ill Nino to claim the final win. The Acacia Strain's track 'Victims of the Cave' has now been declared immortal in our Death Match Hall of Fame, so we've got two new bands entering the Death Match, and it doesn't get much more legendary than this.