Greg Pratt

Hall of Fame Countdown: Soundgarden’s “Ultramega OK”

January 18, 2018

We finally got a Soundgarden album in our Hall of Fame in 2017; here’s a look back at that album, ranking the songs from worst to best.

Five Times Abacus Records Got it Right

January 11, 2018

When it came to mid-to-early 2000s metalcore and heavy post-hardcore, Abacus Records were on fire. Here are five times they killed it.

Primitive Origins: Buffalo’s “Volcanic Rock”

January 4, 2018

Revisiting Australian rockers Buffalo ‘s 1973 foray into proto-metal, Volcanic Rock .

Decibel playlists continue to bring the extremity at Apple Music and Spotify

December 28, 2017

We’re constantly curating playlists at Apple Music and Spotify; here’s some info on what you’ll find over there.

Napalm Death: The wilderness years ranked

December 21, 2017

Continuing the fun that our Napalm Death special issue started, here we examine and rank the band’s four “wilderness years” albums from worst to best.

“There’s only one Napalm Death”: Jello Biafra on the grind legends

December 14, 2017

We chatted with legendary punk vocalist Jello Biafra for our new Napalm Death special issue. Here’s more from that conversation.

“Napalm Death continue to be a positive force in my life”: Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta on his relationship with Napalm Death

December 7, 2017

Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed appeared in our Napalm Death special issue talking about the grind legends. Read more of our chat with him right here.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Napalm Death’s “The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code”

November 30, 2017

We inducted The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code by Napalm Death into our Hall of Fame in our recent special Napalm Death issue; here, we rank the songs from worst to best.

Primitive Origins: Josefus’ “Dead Man”

November 23, 2017

Looking back at the 1970 album Dead Man from early heavy southern rockers Josefus .

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nuclear Assault’s “Game Over”

November 16, 2017

Nuclear Assault put out their thrash/crossover classic Game Over in 1986. In 2017, we inducted it into our Hall of Fame; today, we rank each song from worst to best.

Antigama face biggest adversity yet with new EP

November 9, 2017

Polish grinders Antigama are back, and, as always, nothing is normal.

Reconsidering Wrathchild America

November 2, 2017

It’s time to reconsider Wrathchild America , a truly unique band who flirted with thrash, trad metal, and more.

Retrospective: Confessor’s “Condemned” still completely unique a quarter-century later

October 26, 2017

Confessor released Condemned 26 years ago and confounded us all at the time. Today, we recognize it’s an unquestionable doom-metal classic.

That Tour Was Awesome: Anathema/At the Gates/Cradle of Filth (1994)

October 19, 2017

In which we look back on when Anathema , At the Gates, and Cradle of Filth toured Germany in 1994, with input from some of the guilty parties involved.

Primitive Origins: Black Death’s “Black Death”

October 12, 2017

Checking back in with Black Death and their 1984 album, a very early documentation of an African-American metal band.

Reconsidering Warrior Soul

October 5, 2017

Radical politics and radical music: it’s time to reconsider Warrior Soul , a band who are way better than anyone remembers them being.

Five Times Udo Ruled: The Best of the ex-Accept Vocalist

September 28, 2017

Udo Dirkschneider is the man. Here are five times he ruled the hardest.

Full album stream: Acephalix return after five years with “Decreation”

September 21, 2017

Check out Acephalix ‘s crushing new album, Decreation, right here.

New documentary explores rocky relationship between Christianity and heavy metal

September 14, 2017

Can Christianity and heavy metal really be compatible? The new movie Metal Missionaries aims to find out.

Primitive Origins: Aria’s “Megalomania”

September 7, 2017

For this round of Primitive Origins, we go back to Moscow in 1985 to revisit Aria ‘s “Megalomania” (or whatever it’s called).

Five Times Shorter Was Better

August 31, 2017

Quantity isn’t quality. Here are five examples of how extreme metal is at its most potent when it doesn’t waste time.

Leng Tch’e return with career-defining “Razorgrind”

August 24, 2017

Belgian grinders Leng Tch’e are about to drop Razorgind . Could it be their career-defining album?

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Voivod’s “Angel Rat”

August 17, 2017

We shrugged our shoulders at it in 1991, but it’s time to realize that Angel Rat totally rules.

That Tour Was Awesome: Pestilence/Autopsy/Bolt Thrower (1990)

August 10, 2017

Our latest That Tour Was Awesome looks back on when Pestilence , Autopsy , and Bolt Thrower terrorized Europe in 1990.

Full Album Stream: Pyrrhon’s ‘What Passes for Survival’

August 7, 2017

New York experimental death metallers Pyrrhon are dropping their new album on Friday; we’ve got the full stream for you today.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Anthrax’s Among the Living

August 3, 2017

Ranking the songs on Anthrax‘s classic, Decibel Hall of Fame-inducted, Among the Living, from worst to best.

Five times Voivod Blew Our Minds

July 27, 2017

Voivod rule. Here are five reasons why.

Wilderness Dream follow up debut EP with second EP

July 20, 2017

California’s Wilderness Dream are about to drop their second EP, so we caught up with them to find out why they love EPs, where the hardcore went, and more.

Primitive Origins: Primevil’s Smokin’ Bats at Campton’s

July 13, 2017

Re-evaluating Primevil‘s 1974 proto-stoner album Smokin’ Bats at Campton’s.

Ex-Slaughter skinsman starts Slaughtering Slaughter

July 6, 2017

Slaughter’s Ron Sumners talks about why he formed Slaughtering Slaughter… and what exactly it is.