Archive for the ‘RIP’ Category

Dave Brockie: 1963-2014

By: Posted in: featured, RIP On: Monday, March 24th, 2014


In the late 90s, perhaps around 1998, I pulled over at a truck stop about 45 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia. I grabbed a few snacks and went to the checkout line when it occurred to me that the clerk was staring, somewhat horrified. I looked down and remembered why: my entire body was covered in fake blood and unidentifiable substances. I had spent the evening near the front row of a GWAR ...

Selim Lemouchi: 1980-2014

By: Posted in: featured, RIP On: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014


Metal musicians quote Nietzsche far too much, almost as much as they quote H.P. Lovecraft. Sometimes it’s for blatant and misdirected political purposes; other times, to add a veneer of intellectual heft to mediocre material. But when you consider the short life of musician Selim Lemouchi, one of the German thinker’s best known quotes resonates: "If you gaze into the abyss too long, the abyss ...

Decibel’s Jeff Hanneman Tribute Issue Now Available

By: mr ed Posted in: featured, flexi disc, RIP On: Friday, May 17th, 2013


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 ...

Jeff Hanneman: 1964-2013

By: Posted in: featured, RIP On: Friday, May 3rd, 2013


When it comes to creativity and vision, the best of us don’t compromise. It’s easy to shift and jump on a trend to make a buck, or follow blindly when someone promises a path to success. It’s a path many of us would take. Those destined to make a mark never compromise on their vision, their integrity or their standards. They do what they want and don’t expect anything for their work, or ...

Reminiscences from the Fire: Cliff Burton’s First Show with Metallica, 30 Years on

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, interviews, pic of the day, RIP On: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013


As much as I swore I was never going to do a blog post about goddamn Metallica, when Bazillion Point Books contacted me about doing a spread celebrating the 30th anniversary of Cliff Burton's first show with Metallica (March 5, 1983, for those of you who aren't so good with math) – featuring actual photographs taken at said show – the opportunity was too good to pass up. So here you go, a ...

Mitch Lucker: 1984-2012

By: Posted in: featured, RIP On: Friday, November 2nd, 2012


Suicide Silence seemingly started playing shows out of the blue, and quickly ascended to headliner status and gigantic tours. In 2007, I saw them lugging gear outside of a small club as they prepared to open early in the evening for Nile. In 2009, they had moved up the ladder and were second on the bill at the Carcass reunion gig. Many of the younger fans went batshit crazy when Lucker took the ...

RIP Dogbane’s David Ellenburg

By: Adrien Begrand Posted in: featured, RIP On: Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


Of all the “traditional metal” albums that have come out in the past year, one that’s snuck up on a lot of us here at Decibel is Residual Alcatraz, the debut by Greensboro, North Carolina’s Dogbane. Not only did the album get a positive review recently, but also we were honored to profile the band in this month’s issue. They’re a good bunch of guys who have a deep appreciation for the ...

Homecoming’s March: RIP Averse Sefira!

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, RIP On: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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Calling the split "amicable but lamentable to say the least," Averse Sefira have sadly called it a day. The long-running Austin black metallers are survived by a stellar discography -- see Advent Parallax or Tetragrammatical Astygmata for the incontrovertible evidence -- as well as a very entertaining, sporadically updated blog that explored the band's occult adventures. Here, for example, ...

R.I.P. Riot Guitarist Mark Reale (1955-2012)

By: adem Posted in: featured, heavy tuesdays, RIP On: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012


We're obviously not breaking the news that Riot guitarist, Mark Reale (far L in photo), passed away on January 25 from complications from Crohn's disease. Nonetheless, we wanted to pay tribute to a musician—and more importantly, a band—that hasn't gotten his/their due in American metal history. Reale was not only a founding member of Riot, he was the primary songwriter in the band. Though we ...


By: frank.lemke Posted in: featured, RIP On: Friday, November 4th, 2011


In honor of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, who passed away yesterday as the band was preparing to enter Canada, we offer this typically deranged Frank Lemke review of this fall's annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, originally trimmed for space from the magazine. Saturday, September 17 The National, Richmond, VA The GWAR-B-Q was booked outdoors, at Hadad’s Water Park, primed to be a celebration of ...