Joseph Schafer

Interview: Manuel Gagneax (Zeal and Ardor)

June 13, 2018

The groundbreaking singer and guitarist of Zeal and Ardor talks Billie Holiday, religion, politics, and the thinking behind his new album, ‘Stranger Fruit’

Bringing Metal Tourism From America to Japan

May 16, 2018

Bridging the gap between the Japanese extreme metal scene and the rest of the world.

The Top 5 “Sell Out” Thrash Songs

May 9, 2018

Decibel reconsiders five perfect songs from the “sell-out” age of thrash metal in the ’90s.

Full Album Stream: Advent of Bedlam – “Human Portal Phenomenon”

May 3, 2018

Advent of Bedlam find tech-death perfection on the Costa Ricans’ third full-length LP.

Premiere: Professor Black – ‘You Bastard!’ EP

May 2, 2018

The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind Dawnbringer and High Spirits returns with his first solo EP.

Track Premiere: Defiatory – ‘Metatron’

April 25, 2018

Swedish thrash upstarts deliver the goods with “Metatron” taken from their upcoming album ‘Hades Rising’.

Smoulder’s Doom Epic “Voyage of the Sun Chaser”

April 11, 2018

An interview with and song premiere of Toronto doom outfit Smoulder, whose debut cassette ‘The Sword Woman’ will be released on, you guessed it, 4/20.

Pharaoh Overlord Get Weird on “Meanwhile”

April 4, 2018

Finnish oddballs Pharaoh Overlord enlist Antti Boman of Demilich for a bit of psychedelic death.

Sample Systemik Viølence’s Speed

March 28, 2018

Portuguese metallipunk outfit Systemik Viølence brings the righteous fury, and a few fun samples, on their new EP, Systemik Viølence.

Nostalgist feat. Aesop Dekker Cut Deep Into Metal and Post-Punk’s Past

March 22, 2018

An interview with the metallic post-punk band and a premiere of their song “Pendulums”.

Freedom Hawk’s New Song is 100% “Solid Gold”

March 14, 2018

Virginia power trio Freedom Hawk balance great tone and better singing on “Solid Gold” the first song from their upcoming album ‘Beast Remains.’

A Brief, Brief Interview with Speedwolf

March 7, 2018

Speedwolf’s brief career came to an end in 2016. Fortunately, their retirement was shorter. The Denver speed metal act is now back together, and they answered a few of our questions for that reason.

What is the Connection between Metal and Post-Punk?

February 28, 2018

A conversation with Jason Corbett of ACTORS on the conenction between heavy metal and Post-punk.

Eryn Non Dae Return – Hear “Fragment”

February 22, 2018

French progressive metal band Eryn Non Dae is back after six years of silence. Listen to “Fragment”, a song from their new album.

The Top Ten Metal Reunion Albums

February 9, 2018

Don’t call them comebacks. Call them the best reunion albums in metal history.

A Crash Course in Classic Pacific Northwest Metal with James Beach

January 31, 2018

Author James Beach offers a firsthand Pacific Northwest Metal history as told in his upcoming book ‘Rusted Metal’ as well as details on the revived Northwest Metal Fest.

STAHV, or, How To Make Good Instrumental Metal

December 11, 2017

Solomon Arye Rosenschein’s first outing as STAHV succeeds where most of its ilk fail. Unlike most instrumental one-member doom bands, his first self-titled album hold my interest from beginning to end.

Top Ten Black-Thrash Albums by Steve Jansson (Daeva)

December 6, 2017

Steve Jansson (Crypt Sermon, Trenchrot, Daeva) discusses his top 10 black-thrash albums with Decibel.

35 Overlooked Albums of 2017

November 27, 2017

35 records you may have missed, but should consider listening to.

Marginal Keep the Crust-Grind Flame Burning

November 20, 2017

Marginal are keeping the crust-grind flame alive and well. Listen to new song “Leech Invader” now.

A Sound of Thunder Make Waves in Catalonia

November 13, 2017

Washington, D.C.-based A Sound of Thunder have found fans far from home, in Catalonia.

Prurient’s New Album is Too Long

November 6, 2017

Prurient will release Rainbow Mirror, a 3-hour long record. That record is too long.

Top 10 Drummer Vocalists in Metal

October 30, 2017

Who are the best drummer/vocalists in metal? Decibel ranks some of the most impressive.

Linnéa Olsson Shows Her Teeth in Maggot Heart’s New Video

October 18, 2017

Former The Oath and Grave Pleasures guitarist returns with the cutting Maggot Heart.

Fleurety Keep Breaking Convention on ‘The White Death’

October 9, 2017

Norway’s Fleurety rarely get mentioned in the same breath as Darkthrone or Mayhem, but trace their origins back to the first seeds of Norwegian Black Metal. Founding members Svein Egil Hatlevik and Alexander Nordgaren united in 1991 and released their first demo, Black Snow, in 1993. Their first album in 17 years, The White Death,…