It’s impossible to be hyperbolic about the legacy of Jeff Hanneman. Our own Justin Norton comes right out and says it in this month’s cover story: “Every band ever featured in this magazine owes [Slayer] something.”
Hanneman and Slayer have coursed through Decibel‘s lifesblood from the onset, from two Hall of Fames to two exhaustive cover stories. For #105′s long-form tribute, we compiled a moving retrospective obituary, some of Jeff’s most biting quotes, and a litany of heartfelt remembrances from Exodus, Phil Anselmo, At the Gates, Metallica, Testament, Autopsy and countless other contemporaries to give the man the wake he deserves. Pay your final respects and grab a copy of the new issue here.
In more celebratory news, July not only brings a Royal Thunder flexi disc, but the debut of Decibel on Instagram and Tumblr. So, get exploring!
Awesome, noisy, Leeds-based independent record label Brew have announced that they are to call it a day after six awesome years.
Responsible for the likes of Hawk Eyes, Humanfly, Blacklisters and Kong, the label have put together a playlist showcasing some of the awesome artists they’ve worked with over the years:
‘We’ve had the pleasure of releasing some incredible records over the years and have been fortunate to work with so many amazing people,” say the label in a statement. “We’d like to thank everyone that has ever supported us, bought a record or a t-shirt and spread our music in general. Humanfly’s ‘Awesome Science’ is our final release and we couldn’t think of a better record to go out on which sums up what we love about physical records both musically and aesthetically. The label will still remain active for a while as we wind things down and continue to take and fulfil orders.
“To celebrate/commiserate we are currently running a big sale on our store where every CD/vinyl/shirt/poster (except the new Humanfly album) is now reduced in price. For the next 2 weeks all our releases are set to ‘pay what you like’ on bandcamp too (except the new Humanfly album) so feel free to explore our back catalog and if you feel like paying some money we won’t complain’.”
To see some of the items they’ve got on offer. head to www.brewrecords.bigcartel.com
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Today marks the final installment of Old School hardcore Thrusdays with the members Umea throwback punks, AC4. Check out parts one and two, if you should so desire. This week, I asked bassist Christoffer Jonsson and guitarist Karl Backman to list off the albums they spent as much time longingly staring at back in the day as much as they did listened to.
Top Five Old School HC Album Covers
Exploited – Troops Of Tomorrow
Fallout – Home Killed Mea
Disorder – Perdition (8 songs on a 12″ is sort of an album)
ANTI – I Dont Want To Die In Your War
TST – TST (the first LP)
Poison Idea – Feel the Darkness
SS Decontrol – The Kids Will Have Their Say
Cro-Mags – The Age of Quarrel
GISM – Detestastion
Anti Cimex – Raped Ass (5 songs on a 7″ is sort of an album)
Young Wasteners – We Got Ways
And here’s AC4′s latest video for “Curva del Diablo”:
If you’re reading this from the US, you can watch the recent CSI episode featuring Black Sabbath playing brand new track End Of The Beginning right now!
Head over to CBS now to have a watch (PLEASE NOTE, THIS VIDEO IS NOT OPEN TO RESIDENTS OUTSIDE THE US)
If you’re stuck here in Blighty with us, you’ll just have to wait to watch the episode until it airs on Channel 5 on Tuesday May 21 at 9pm.
End Of The Beginning is taken from new Black Sabbath album 13, out June 10 and the first Sabbs album to feature Ozzy, Tony and Geezer for 35 years.
1. End Of The Beginning (8:07)
2. God Is Dead? (8:54)
3. Loner (5:06)
4. Zeitgeist (4:28)
5. Age Of Reason (7:02)
6. Live Forever (4:49)
7. Damaged Soul (7:43)
8. Dear Father (7:06)
The heavy metal godfathers will head out to Europe on the following dates this winter:
Black Sabbath European tour 2013
Nov 20: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Nov 22: Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 24: Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Nov 26: Forum, Denmark, Copenhagen
Nov 28: Ziggo Dome, Holland, Amsterdam
Nov 30: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
Dec 2: Bercy, Paris, France
Dec 5: Fiera Arena, Milan, Italy
Dec 7: 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 10: 02 Arena, London, UK
Dec 12: Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland
Dec 14: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Dec 16: Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Dec 18: Arena, Manchester, UK
Dec 20: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
Dec 22: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK