Joseph Schafer

Ben Chisholm, Chelsea Wolfe’s Secret Weapon

September 18, 2017

Decibel caught up with longtime Chelsea Wolfe collaborator Ben Chisholm to talk about Hiss Spun, playing Blood Moon sets with Converge and more.

Retrospective: Thirty Years of Big Black’s “Songs About Fucking”

September 11, 2017

Thirty years ago, Big Black released their final opus, Songs About Fucking. We revisit what exactly made that last album so important.

Ten Songs Inspired by Stephen King

September 4, 2017

This coming Friday, a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic and massive horror novel ‘IT’ will be released in American cinemas. Will it be good? King does not have the best history with cinema. The beloved miniseries based upon the novel, starring Tim Curry as the shapeshifting clown monster Pennywise, does not hold up,…

10 Essential Trap Them Songs

August 28, 2017

In the wake of the announcement of Trap Them‘s final shows, we consider ten essential tracks from the metallic hardcore outfit.

Paradise Lost

August 28, 2017

Gothic doom trailblazers Paradise Lost are this week’s Best New Noise.

The Top 10 Metal Songs Never Performed Live

August 8, 2017

We look at some of the best metal songs of all time… that have never been performed live.

Track Premiere: Striker – ‘Born to Lose’

January 23, 2017

“Without big money bullshit (the quartet’s 100% independent) Striker have struck an ideal balance between nostalgic hooks and blue collar work ethic.”

Deathspell Omega

January 23, 2017

The Synarchy of Molten Bones
Synarchy in the EU
dB rating: 8/10

Music Criticism Has Not Died. But It Must Transform

November 18, 2016

Music criticism, and the reviewing of musical pieces in general, is not obsolete. You’d be forgiven for thinking so, though.