Greg Pratt

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.

Swedish death metal vets Sarcasm finally release second album

April 27, 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but Sarcasm are releasing their second album, and we caught up with them to get the scoop.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Cannibal Corpse’s The Bleeding

April 20, 2017

In honor of its recent induction to our Hall of Fame, we rank the songs on Cannibal Corpse’s 1994 coming-of-age album The Bleeding from worst to best.

Primitive Origins: Dust – ‘Dust’

April 13, 2017

You know the cover, now find out more about Dust’s 1971 debut in our most recent Primitive Origins.

Decibel spends an hour in the Interactive Metal Genres Graph

April 6, 2017

We spent one hour in the new Interactive Metal Genres Graph and documented our findings.

Shane Embury to play marathon gigs with Napalm Death, Brujeria, and Lock Up on Campaign for Musical Destruction 2017 tour

March 23, 2017

Shane Embury is pulling a very demanding triple duty on the upcoming European Campaign for Musical Destruction tour; we caught up with him to get the lowdown.

Author David Gehlke talks new Noise Records book, “Damn the Machine”

March 16, 2017

We catch up with the author of Damn the Machine, a new book about the history of Noise Records, to get the scoop on why he chose Noise to write about, the rocky relationships between the label and its bands, and much more.

Primitive Origins: Salem Mass – ‘Witch Burning’

March 9, 2017

Our latest Primitive Origins looks at the strange case of Idaho’s Salem Mass and their sole full-length, Witch Burning.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Metallica’s …And Justice for All

March 2, 2017

In which we revisit …And Justice for All and rank the songs from worst to best. Justice is done.

Xibalba discuss their return with new EP

February 23, 2017

We caught up with California’s Dan Seagrave-lovin’ Xibalba to talk about their new EP.

That Tour Was Awesome: Ultimate Revenge Tour, Venom/Slayer/Exodus (1985)

February 22, 2017

As a special bonus to go along with our new Top 100 Metal Tours of All Time special issue, we rounded up members of Exodus, Slayer, and Venom to talk about 1985’s Ultimate Revenge Tour for our latest That Tour Was Awesome.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Saxon’s Wheels of Steel

February 9, 2017

To celebrate our recent induction of Saxon’s NWOBHM classic Wheels of Steel into our Hall of Fame, we ranked each song on the album from least this-rules to most this-rules.

Primitive Origins: Night Sun – ‘Mournin’’

February 2, 2017

Our latest Primitive Origins examines the 1972 proto-prog-metal of Germans Night Sun.

That Tour Was Awesome: Neurosis/Voivod/Today Is the Day (1999)

January 26, 2017

Our latest That Tour Was Awesome looks back at the time that Neurosis, Voivod and Today is the Day blew Europe’s mind in 1999.

The Ominous Circle talk debut album and reasons for anonymity

January 19, 2017

Portuguese death metal crew The Ominous Circle are a mysterious bunch, so we caught up with them just before their debut LP drops to try to make some sense out of it all.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Entombed’s ‘Clandestine’

January 12, 2017

We recently inducted Entombed’s classic second album into our Hall of Fame; let’s take a few minutes to examine it closely one more time, ranking each song from worst to best.

Primitive Origins: Sudden Death – ‘Suddenly’

January 5, 2017

Our latest Primitive Origins looks at the 1972 proto-metal of California’s Sudden Death.

Decibel brings extreme playlists to Apple Music

December 29, 2016

What do the phrase “break the chains,” Kurt Ballou’s production jobs, and ways to die all have in common? They’ve all been themes for Decibel‘s Apple Music playlists, of course.

Rudra explore the self, pluralism, other smart things in ‘Enemy of Duality’

December 22, 2016

We catch up with Singapore’s Rudra to talk about the lyrical and musical approaches of their new album, Enemy of Duality.

Primitive Origins: Northern Haze – ‘Northern Haze’

December 15, 2016

Our latest Primitive Origins looks back at the first indigenous-language rock album released in North America.

Metallica “Hardwired” Cover Creator: “We hadn’t heard of Crowbar or seen the album”

December 14, 2016

There’s more than a little similarity between Metallica’s new album cover and a classic Crowbar album cover; we caught up with one of the guys who worked on the Metallica cover to find out what’s going on here.