Greg Pratt

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.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Rush’s “Hold Your Fire”

June 29, 2017

In which we reconsider Rush’s 1987 soft-rock opus Hold Your Fire.

Exhumed’s Matt Harvey talks new trad metal project Pounder

June 22, 2017

We caught up with Pounder’s Matt Harvey to talk about how his new trad metal project is really more similar to his extreme metal bands than you might think.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Accept’s Restless and Wild

June 15, 2017

We revisited and ranked the songs on Accept’s classic, Hall of Fame-inducted, album Restless and Wild.

Primitive Origins: Leaf Hound’s Growers of Mushroom

June 8, 2017

Re-examining Leaf Hound’s 1971 proto-stoner album Growers of Mushroom.

Crowbar – “Odd Fellows Rest”

June 8, 2017

By 1998, New Orleans metal heavyweights Crowbar had already released four fantastic sludge albums. But when it came time to start writing their fifth, the band knew they were on to something different

Journalist Martin Popoff talks new Rush, Motörhead, thrash metal books

June 1, 2017

Journalist Martin Popoff just released a trio of new metal books, and we picked his brain about them.

VBERKVLT Instagram challenge wants metalheads to post their vinyl for prizes

June 1, 2017

VBERKVLT have a new Instagram contest happening that involves metal, vinyl, you, and prizes. We caught up with the man behind it all to find out the details.

Eyehategod’s Mike Williams on liver transplant, recovery, and addiction: “I will never regret anything”

May 26, 2017

The Eyehategod frontman opens up about post-liver-transplant life, getting sober, and more in this new interview.

Phobia talk reunited lineup and how politics influenced Lifeless God

May 25, 2017

California grind lifers Phobia are back with a new album, and we caught up with them to talk shop.

Album premiere: Norse’s “The Divine Light of a New Sun”

May 18, 2017

Australia’s Norse are dropping their next batch of mind-bending black metal songs next week; we’re giving you an exclusive stream of the whole album today.

Primitive Origins: Socrates Drank the Conium – ‘Socrates Drank the Conium’

May 11, 2017

In which we go back and examine Greece proto-metal band Socrates Drank the Conium’s self-titled debut from 1972.

New book counts down 666 essential metal albums

May 4, 2017

Chip McCabe’s new book listing 666 essential metal albums is out now, and we caught up with him to find out his motivations for doing this outrageous project.