J. Bennett

Juggernaut: The Making of Cave In’s ‘Until Your Heart Stops’

October 12, 2021

Get hyped for Cave In‘s December 11 performance of Until Your Heart Stops at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: LA with this Hall of Fame induction from 2007 of the metallic hardcore classic.

Turning 20: The Making of Converge’s “Jane Doe”

September 3, 2021

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Converge‘s classic, Hall of Fame-inducted Jane Doe before the metallic hardcore legends perform it in its entirety at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: LA on December 10.

Take Over and Destroy Premiere “Exit Bag” Video Starring Maxx Mayberry

March 8, 2021

Phoenix black/sludge/punk killers Take Over and Destroy debut new single and video from their forthcoming Fade Out LP.

Slayer, Maiden & Metallica: Buzz Osborne Remembers 1983

February 10, 2021

The Melvins will unleash their new record, Working With God on February 26. It’s the second album from the Melvins 1983 lineup, so we wind back the clock with King Buzzo.

Producer Arthur Rizk on the Influence of Former Ozzy Osbourne Shredder Jake E. Lee

December 23, 2020

Super-producer and Eternal Champion and Sumerlands member Arthur Rizk on the lasting influence of one of the Ozzman’s often overlooked key contributors.

L.A. Skate Rockers The Shrine debut “Born To Waste Away”

June 24, 2020

All proceeds from the new track — available on the Shrine‘s Bandcamp — will be donated to the legal defense fund for those demonstrating against police brutality.

Mortiis on Masks, ‘Game of Thrones’ and the KISS cover that almost was

December 9, 2019

The Norwegian legend discusses the slow disappearance of his infamous mask, his decades-long struggle with depression and the KISS cover that Emperor that nearly pulled off.

Olympia Hard Rockers Quayde LaHue’s Full-Length Debut Streaming In Full

November 8, 2019

Quayde LaHüe, featuring members of Christian Mistress, hit that sweet spot between muscular hard rock and nascent heavy. metal

Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls Is Coming To America

October 17, 2019

Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins are sitting this one out, but you can still catch Spinal Tap‘s led bassist on the west coast in November

Photographer Alyssa Herrman Discusses New YOB Book

January 15, 2019

Photographer Alyssa Herrman discusses her new YOB photo book.

Track Premiere: US Grave – ‘Stumble Off the Earth’

August 6, 2018

Check out a new song from US Grave, featuring members of black ‘n’ rollers Take Over and Destroy.

Caleb Scofield Will Always Be Here

April 11, 2018

J. Bennett remembers his friend and former Cave In/Old Man Gloom/Zozobra bassist Caleb Scofield.

Tank – “Filth Hounds of Hades”

July 6, 2017

March 1982. Maggie Thatcher lords over a dangerously unemployed U.K. with a hatchet face, a controversial economic policy and “a voice like a cat sliding down a blackboard.” The Falklands War debacle is just weeks away.

Superjoint’s Phil Anselmo’s First Longform Interview Since Dimebash

October 17, 2016

No stranger to controversy, metal icon Phil Anselmo is still feeling the fallout from January’s Dimebash. On the eve of the release of the new Superjoint album, Decibel asks is he actually a racist?


Remembering Motörhead’s Lemmy: Decibel’s February 2014 Cover Story

December 29, 2015

On the two-year anniversary of his death, we look back on Lemmy’s in-depth Decibel cover story.

Decibel Exclusive: Xasthur Go Unplugged for First-Ever Show in L.A. (Video)

October 26, 2015

Scott Conner gave convention the middle finger on Friday night by going acoustic — and semi-country — at the first-ever Xasthur show. 

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats

August 31, 2015

The Night Creeper
The Dark Night Rises
dB Rating: 8/10

Sister Sin Frontwoman Liv Jagrell Talks About Posing for Penthouse

January 15, 2015

Liv Jagrell is at home in Stockholm when we call her on the Internet phone. Sister Sin’s athletic frontwoman has been promoting the shit out of her band’s latest album, Black Lotus, for weeks now. But she’s agreed to speak exclusively with Decibel about another type of public relations: her upcoming pictorial in Penthouse magazine….

Soul Survivors: Saint Vitus play Born Too Late in its entirety

May 15, 2014

Saint Vitus @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles, May 13, 2014 “This is a lot different for us than it was in L.A. 35 years ago.” So says Saint Vitus guitarist and mastermind Dave Chandler from the stage at the Echoplex, where several hundred headbangers, burnouts and biker types have gathered to suck on Bud tallboys…

Back From the Dead: Motörhead and Graveyard Live at Club Nokia

April 15, 2014

After getting sick and cancelling tours and being nearly 70 years old and generally scaring the piss out of fans everywhere, Lemmy finally emerged from his West Hollywood meth lair/Nazi shrine to play the first Motörhead show since last summer’s appearance at Wacken, when severe back pain and oppressive heat forced him to walk off…


March 21, 2013

  Any song that kicks off with a full-blast Danzig riff followed by the line, “Down in the workshop, baby, all dressed in black…” is total tits in our book. Somehow, Connecticut wolf-runners NightBitch suspected this all along and wrote “Chainmaker” just for us. And, okay, the other handful of Danzig fans who have a…

Nocturnal Poisoning: Q&A With the Artist Formerly Known as Xasthur

November 29, 2012

In 2010, one-man black metal outfit Xasthur released its final album, Portal of Sorrow. That it would be Xasthur’s swansong was announced in advance by its creator, Scott Conner, who abandoned his longtime alias “Malefic” and used his real name in the credits for the first time in a career that spanned 15 years and…


October 26, 2012

When word arrived that the Darkness would be rolling through L.A. again on their way to meet up with Lady Gaga in South America, we told J. Bennett to grease up his tits for a pre-show rematch with frontman Justin Hawkins. The following conversation took place on Tuesday, October 23, the night before the band’s…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Cave In, Everything After “Jupiter”

September 28, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. This time, Comrade Bennett accepts the editor-in-chief’s challenge to resurrect Cave In’s post-Jupiter oeuvre from beyond hypothermia.

Memory Lane

August 15, 2011

When I heard Jani Lane of Warrant passed away last Thursday night, I immediately texted my attorney Juan Perez and recent Decibel cover artist Tom Neely, both of whom—like myself—are avid cock rock enthusiasts. Neely’s cogent response? “Too much cherry pie!” The details of Lane’s death hadn’t been revealed yet, but Tom was right, of…

Buzrum – “Filosofem”

April 25, 2011

In 1993, Burzum mastermind and sole member Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes both embodied Norwegian black metal’s violent strain of pagan nihilism and sought to defy the genre’s increasingly stultifying conventions.

Cry Now, Cry Later Fire Sale

March 25, 2011

You know that always-entertaining column at the front of the magazine called Cry Now, Cry Later? The one written by that incredibly tall, incredibly handsome genius who also wrote this month’s Pentagram cover story?  Fuuuuck, that dude rules so hard it’s amazing that he can even walk down the street without being mobbed by the…

Justify Your Shitty Taste – Carcass’s “Swansong”

March 16, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The…

Lightning Swords Of Death Vinyl Contest, Part 2

March 10, 2011

Yesterday we gave away a totally sweet double-vinyl version of Lightning Swords Of Death‘s The Extra-Dimensional Wound provided by the fine folks at Canonical Hours.  Well, we sort of gave it away. The dude or lady who won has yet to claim his or her prize (Terzijdehorde, where fuck are you?).  Nevertheless, we’re soldiering ahead…