Decibel Magazine

December 2016 Decibel Meter: Classic Names, New Titles

December 1, 2016

November was stacked with top-tier releases from genre-defining bands. If you missed any, now is the time to remedy that, and f.y.e. has got them all bundled together in one place for you.

Permanent (Violent) Insomnia (of Unreason) Means More Time for Metal With the November 2016 Decibel Meter

October 19, 2016

Meshuggah, played at loud volumes, awake better than any cute cellphone alarms. Fact. And profuse headbanging maintains wakefulness better than the strongest coffee. Also fact.

Delve Deeper into Your Neurosis with the October 2016 Decibel Meter

September 16, 2016

Neurosis, Neurosis, Neurosis, Neurosis. This month’s Decibel Meter has Neurosis records aplenty, in addition to some of the best noise that you need to hear.  

Make Your Next House Party a Thrashing Rager with the September 2016 Decibel Meter

August 19, 2016

Our picks for this issue pull from a variety of styles and include the old, the new, the reformed, and the reinvigorated. 

Gojira’s “Magma” Blazes the Path on the August 2016 Decibel Meter

August 1, 2016

It’s time to get that neighbour with the yappy dog to move, finally. Our friends at f.y.e. are offering (on their site and in stores) the latest albums you need for that last big push to get the Smiths to move to the next county over. And never consider move back to your neighbourhood. 

The Vision Bleak

July 7, 2016

The Unknown
The assessment favorable
dB rating: 8/10

Guest Commentary: Does the Underground Metal Scene REALLY Have a Social Justice Warrior Problem?

June 20, 2016

Decibel has been labeled Social Justice Warriors from the right. And attacked by actual SJWs from the left. Should everyone maybe just shut up for a second? 

Driving in Nails with the July 2016 Decibel Meter

June 17, 2016

f.y.e. is happy to assist in your hearing lost, and we’re happy to help. 

Decibel Partners with F.Y.E. to Create the Decibel Meter Collection

April 12, 2016

We’ve partnered with f.y.e. to make sure you don’t miss any of the essential extremely extreme, as picked by our staff of relentless metal maniacs.

March 2024

March 21, 2016

New releases from Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson and Exhorder!

April 2024

March 20, 2016

New releases from Necrot, My Dying Bride and Melvins!


November 23, 2015

The Direction of Last Things
They’ve been some very Intronauty boys
dB Rating: 9/10

Destruction – Infernal Overkill

June 9, 2014

Though we have inducted numerous landmark thrash metal albums in the Decibel Hall of Fame over the years, very few of the earliest examples of the style have made it in there.

Skepticism – “Stormcrowfleet”

March 5, 2014

Conjuring all things autumnal, vast and sorrowful, Skepticism’s 1995 funeral doom touchstone Stormcrowfleet was the vortex where death metal, black metal and earlier strains of doom metal all came to die in the late summer of 1995.

Justify Your Shitty Taste, Celebrity Edition: KISS, “The Elder”

September 21, 2012

November 16th, 1981. Utter that date to any KISS fan and you’re going to get punched or hugged. Who knows, you may get nothing because maybe said KISS fan never did his homework. Either way, it doesn’t really matter because this is Justify Your Shitty Taste, and I’m talking Music from “The Elder” by KISS.

A Metal Mother’s Day Chat With Lita Ford + “Mother” Track Premiere

May 11, 2012

In honor of Mother’s Day, Decibel is exclusively premiering the song “Mother” from Lita Ford’s new album Living Like a Runaway

Incantation – “Onward to Golgotha”

February 17, 2009

By 1989, John McEntee was growing increasingly disenchanted with his membership in technical thrash band Revenant. With the aid of Revenant drummer Paul Ledney, McEntee set out to pursue his own brand of blackened death metal, christening it Incantation.

Candlemass – “Nightfall”

January 1, 2009

From a brief moment in 1986, bassist, songwriter and lyricist Leif Edling, almost by sheer willpower alone, managed to raise the leaden monolith of Candlemass from their murky depths and into an upright position.

Repulsion – “Horrified”

August 18, 2008

It’s both Repulsion’s genre-sparking album and the way enlightened metal fans will look at you should you admit ignorance of the fact—which is very well possible, seeing as Repulsion has always been a band that your favorite bands worshipped, but were somehow otherwise criminally unheard of.

Napalm Death – “Scum”

May 1, 2008

Without Napalm Death’s Scum, you probably wouldn’t be holding this magazine. This album—essentially a split LP between two almost completely different lineups—defined grindcore with its growled vocals, whirring, hardcore-influenced riffs and faster-than-a-locomotive blast beats.

Mastodon – “Remission”

April 18, 2008

While it’ll never be regarded as the kind of breakthrough record Leviathan became, thanks to universal acclaim (indie rock critics and all) and its inclusion on not one but three video game soundtracks (Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Project Gotham Racing 3, Saints Row), Mastodon’s Remission LP is much more important in the scheme of the band’s history and modern metal itself.

Coalesce – “0:12 Revolution in Just Listening”

March 18, 2008

Of all of their bizarrely captivating feats, the fact that Coalesce managed to create arguably their most important album after they had ceased to be a band has to rank near the top of the list.

Obituary – “Cause of Death”

May 1, 2007

Death metal had never sounded so guttural and primal before Obituary’s 1989 debut, Slowly We Rot, infected record stores.

Darkthrone – “A Blaze in the Northern Sky”

March 18, 2007

When Darkthrone’s monumental epic, A Blaze in the Northern Sky, hit the shelves in 1991, it was an album of hesitant firsts: the first Norwegian black metal album (Mayhem’s Live in Leipzig came out earlier but with faulty distribution); the first major second-wave black metal album, globally (Czech group Master’s Hammer had released Ritual a year prior, but with less impact); the first truly blackened death metal album; and the first to chime DM’s death knell in popularity.

Brutal Truth – “Need to Control”

August 1, 2006

When New York grinders Brutal Truth released their debut, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, bassist extraordinaire Danny Lilker (Anthrax, S.O.D., Exit-13) had just severed his ties with Nuclear Assault.

My Dying Bride – “Turn Loose the Swans”

May 19, 2006

In 1991 My Dying Bride already stood out from the cookie-cutter, cookie-monster death metal that was hegemonic in the underground at the time.

Paradise Lost – “Gothic”

June 1, 2005

Northern England, 1990. Amid the cacophony of blast beats echoing from the speed obsessed world of UK death metal and grindcore, five lads from the grim North were feverishly gathering songs and ideas for the follow up to their doom laden debut album Lost Paradise.