If you want to catch up, here’s what’s been happening in the Decadence camp!
The press release on Decadence 6th studio album entitled SIX TAPE is published: https://bit.ly/2BQf5h1. It is revealed that all tracks will be available for free share, as well as a physical album for the die-hard fans. SIX TAPE is a word mash up of mixtape, number six in the discography and erotica in lyrical double-meanings that are praising independence. Decadence confirm they are available for booking live shows again – as in the past, the band goes where the band is asked to come, meaning, no tour or special occasion necessary. Along with the news, session drummer Lawrence Dinamarca – Drummer (Carnal Forge /Loch Vostok), who also played on the previous album UNDERGROUNDER, enters the studio. An old school cassette tape in black and neon pink color is teased on the artwork.
Decadence meets up with Lawrence Dinamarca – Drummer in the studio when he records his final tracks for SIX TAPE: https://bit.ly/2Nj6qsS. Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation) is the drum studio tech. Lawrence sends his greetings: https://bit.ly/2WiGaCY
The SIX TAPE cover art is revealed: https://bit.ly/32RMqUM
Decadence announces that there will be lyric videos for all nine tracks, done DIY: https://bit.ly/2Prj6Ra
Metallic Kitty publishes a chronicle “Independent Music Does Not Have Souls For Sale”: https://bit.ly/31XgQU1 further setting the statement for SIX TAPE and Decadence as an Independent band.
Decadence urges fans to revive the Street Teams, France is the first to jump onboard with the same Street Team Master as when the Street Teams started back in 2006: https://bit.ly/2Nn8jo7
The SIX TAPE tracklist is announced: https://bit.ly/2ooTIAd
Decadence former guitarist Kristian Gustavsson (Prosector/Bleeding Utopia) reveals that he will appear with a guest solo on the album, something completely out of the standard Decadence palette, for the track LATEX RITUALS: https://bit.ly/2BOzq6l
The SIX TAPE release date is revealed and set to Nov 1: https://bit.ly/2PsjT44
Decadence announce SIX TAPE will be available for free share on Youtube, physical albums for sale in the Deca Shop and that all is prepped for streaming services too. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and the list goes on: https://bit.ly/2Nl1Ava
6 facts on SIX TAPE are highlighted, some of which are that there will be riffs on SIX TAPE that were written during the 3RD STAGE OF DECAY era and that one song is a response to a viral event in the Metal industry on the intellectual property question: https://bit.ly/2WmyzmT
Decadence confirm joining Instagram as the main social media source: https://www.instagram.com/decadencesweden/
‘Six Tape’ song names and tracklist:
1. Six Tape
2. Latex Rituals
3. Red Façade Hotel
5. Lo Badland
6. Something More
8. In Natura
Like Decadence on Facebook to follow an upcoming series of meanings behind each song. So questions like: “Who is Lo?”, “What happens at the hotel?” and “What is exposed?”, will be answered!
On Episode #887 of the podcast ‘The Rogan Experience’, frontman James Hetfield of Metallica is invited to discuss the music industry. I would like to share some reflections on this podcast. The purpose is to give you some insight on how this topic affects an Independent Underground band, in comparison to a commercialized huge machinery that Metallica has become.
For the band that I am fronting and managing since 2003, Decadence, the shift in the music industry made me make tough but important decisions that are necessary to make early on in the music career. These decisions are necessary to be able to independently lead the band forward through the massive fuzz of the music industry, while keeping the band and creativity alive and thriving. The result from these decisions is what Decadence still is representing today while moving on into the future since the comeback in 2016.
“Something was clear for me from the start of my musical career;– Metallic Kitty
ownership of own creations belong to the artist.”
Something was clear for me from the start of my musical career; ownership of own creations belong to the artist. In our case, the songs are written by lead guitarist Kenneth Lantz and/or me. The ownership of the songs would not be negotiable ever. During the years and countless negotiations with record companies, they and other collaborative and potential partners, where frustrated by our way of work. Those landing partnership deals with Decadence had to go through long negotiations, but then again, so did we as a counterpart. This was endured to land best possible deals that would allow the band to keep ownership rights while being able to spread the music around the world in ways we could not do alone.
Besides creating music, Decadence does what large record companies and distributors do, on a smaller scale but independently; recordings, pressing, marketing, selling, distributing and managing. This is a reality when you work independently, a sacrifice you must make to keep ownership of your creations, plain and simple.
As Metallica and Hetfield has had big and important impact on Kenneth and I as musicians, it was interesting to hear Hetfield’s own words and comparing it to the alternative path that we took. Early on in the podcast, Hetfield says: “Back then you would somewhat sell a little bit of your soul to get a bigger something.” Decadence hit the public eye two decades after Metallica, both starting out as Underground Thrash Metal bands. The music industry had begun shifting, but had not yet come to the point where record companies where not needed anymore. For us, it was never the case to sell any part of our soul. Instead, the part of my soul that I gave up, was given away as a conscious decision to carve a way for Decadence to move forward as rebels against the way things where ‘supposed to be done’. That bit of my soul was invested in those countless negotiation and preparation hours for each album and show, to keep ownership in our hands while keep doing what we love to do, music.
Hetfield explains that Metallica’s ownership of their own master recordings/right to their catalog was not returned until several years later. In fact, that happened once Metallica got big enough to get them back. “Basically the record company was a bank and a marketing tool to get you where you wanted to be.” Hetfield says. Decadence chose the alternative path by choice. Our philosophy was to give everything we have got and go where it would lead us, even if it meant remaining as a non-commercialized Underground band. You simply have to set your goals from the start to know where you are heading. Our passion is in creating our own music and everything around it. If you have that same passion, it does not matter if you become world-famous or not. I often hear that Decadence is ‘the most underrated band in Metal’. When I hear that my thought on it is; we decided not to go big, as a consequence we remained Underground. But, we stayed true to our ideology and that for us is what success is.
Hetfield further tells us about Metallica owning their own press and that they can do whatever they want using it. That feeling of total creative freedom is precisely why Decadence’ first two full-length albums where done like that too, all in our own press. These two albums are still sold in this DIY manner. It is also why they lack barcodes and any mentioning of a company behind it. They are actually pressed by us and will remain like that.
Rogan tells Hetfield: “You can do anything.” and Hetfield denies it because it depends. “There is no way we can deal with the distribution in each different country. /…/ “We’ve cut really good deals with other record companies.” For Decadence, this is the case too. There is only so much you can do by yourself to get your music ‘out there’. That is why I decided to start my own music company, Heavy Dose, to do what I could do to push Decadence through. Simply because we had to, to be able to continue creating music.
When our third album reached the public – as our first barcoded, company backed album – our career was peaking. Even more bits of soul had to be invested to make it work, but it was worth every single thing it took. Through partnering up this way, Decadence got worldwide distribution through license deals. The third album was for instance released through three different labels on three different territories during the following three years.
Then came the shift in the music industry around 2007. The anticipated downfall of record companies had arrived, but there was a new player in town – streaming services, like the tycoons Spotify. Also, big music networks such as Myspace were getting replaced by Facebook. As an Independent band, Decadence took a hard hit. In 2009, I thought Decadence had created the last album and by 2012, the last show. It took until 2016 to lick our wounds and heal ourselves enough to get back in the game.
Rogan starts off the podcast by saying: “People are just taking things and putting them online.” and Hetfield rounds off their talk by explaining: “There was a system that worked. And I’m up for bucking the system and making it better. But it didn’t.” Rogan is blaming streaming and Hetfield misses the way the system worked with record companies in the past in comparison to streaming services. My opinion on this is that they are both wrong here, looking at it from an Independent perspective at least. Streaming is not the problem and traditional record companies are not the saviors. Streaming can be done in good enough quality, there are headphones and speakers that can give you a great musical experience without having to be too expensive.
The problem in my opinion, lies in the music models. Hetfield actually ends the talk by saying that too, “It hasn’t been figured out yet how to make a music model work.” That’s exactly right, but what that actually means seems different in the eyes of an Independent band.
I think Hetfield actually answers that in something he says a bit before that: “I’m all for convenience in the technology moving forward. Getting music out to people is the important part. Just make sure that the artist gets what they deserve for it. Because without that it’s going to become a hobby.” For an Independent band like Decadence, that’s exactly what it is, a professional hobby. For us, there is nothing wrong with that. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you work with it halfheartedly. On the contrary, it is all that work you put into it while earning money somewhere else and saving the passion for what you love to do with your hobby. There is a charm in that mindset that I love.
Hetfield explains that the way artists get money is by touring and merchandising and that’s how record companies these days are structuring their deals and the only way they can survive now. Rogan’s reply to that is “They shouldn’t be around then.” For Decadence as an Independent band, that is precisely it. What Hetfield is saying about touring and merchandising definitely applies to Independent bands too. The money in the music industry today lies there. However, the purpose of ‘a hobby’ isn’t necessarily to drive sales. The purpose of it is to do what you love to do and share it with people who love it too.
This is my take on this topic and I hope you could find some insights or even inspiration to keep doing what you’re doing, pushing for your cause, regardless of which of these two paths you have decided to take.
Decadence is soon to release our 6th full-length album, created, released, pressed, distributed, marketed, sold as well as streamed for free – independently.
‘METALLIC’ KITTY SARIC
After delivering the long-awaited reunion on 2017’s “Undergrounder”, Death Thrashers Decadence are now getting ready to drop their follow-up for 2019. Decadence’s upcoming album “Six Tape” will mark their sixth full-length in their 15 years. Characterized by extreme female vocals, full DIY management and a distinct sound, Decadence is something both old schoolers and new wavers will enjoy.
Decadence presents: SIX TAPE (release fall 2019)
Standing strong with Underground music ideals, Decadence confirms all tracks will be available for free share, as well as a physical album for the die-hard fans. On their Facebook page, Decadence shares a teaser image, which features an old school cassette tape. The band explains that “Six Tape” is a word mash up of mixtape, number six in their discography and erotica in playful double-meanings that is twisted into the lyrics that are praising independence.
“We’ve listened, and we’ve heard. The persistent wishes from our fans to get us back up on stage has not gone unnoticed. Therefore, we now announce that we are available for booking and will hit the stage with this new album!”
Behind the drums once again is the talented Lawrence Dinamarca (Nightrage /Loch Vostok /Carnal Forge) whom Decadence is honored to have on board for the second time since the previous album “Undergrounder”. The album announcement comes together with news that Lawrence is entering the drum studio this upcoming week to record nine tracks.
Decadence is ‘Metallic’ Kitty Saric and Kenneth Lantz. The promotion is done by fans for fans through street teams, fan clubs and Metalheads from all over the world. The band’s message is to be independent and do what you believe in without relying on anyone or anything. There is pride in creating something from scratch, to be rebellious and dare to do things your own way because you believe in them. “Six Tape” is celebration of that standpoint.
For more info:
Press contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Label: Heavy Dose
Facebook: Kitty Saric /Artist Page: Metallic Kitty