Decayed Existence recorded their first three-track demo in 1992, and today, a quarter of a century later, they’re dropping new tunes. The band, drawing influence chiefly from their old-school death metal contemporaries (Death, Sepultra, Kreator), has reemerged on Rottweiler Records with a new release on the horizon. Today, HM is proud to premiere the new lyric video for “Cursed.”

“As a band, we are super excited to have such a great label in our corner. As musicians, we are a bunch of garage-dwelling meatheads. Seeing our music set to such a cool video with such high production and quality? Well, let’s just say these meatheads are doing the happy dance. There’s a lot of high-fiving in the garage.”

Founding member and percussionist, Harry Rocco, decided to put the band on hold and focus on himself, developing his Christian faith. It became a new center for the message of Decayed Existence. 1997 saw the band release their first religious release, In Due Time, which was quickly followed by Violent by Design, serving as Decayed Existence’s final release under that line-up before other members moved on to other projects.

Rocco moved back to Shasta County several years later, and Decayed Existence was reborn in the mid-2000s.


Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.


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Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."


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HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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