Justin Norton

Video Premiere: The Boneless Ones –“Good Friends”

June 28, 2022

Watch crossover thrashers The Boneless Ones address the loved ones that suicide leaves behind in this view.

Q&A: Patrick O’Neil On His 80s Hardcore Memoir Anarchy At The Circle K

June 6, 2022

In his latest book, Anarchy At the Circle K, Patrick O ‘Neil writes about 80s hardcore in a narrative that’s a combination of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life.

Carey “KK” Hodges: 1968-2022

May 9, 2022

Remembering, Carey “KK” Hodges, co-founder of San Diego-based Last Hurrah Records, whose releases include 16 (Lost Tracts of Time) and Mike IX/The Guilt of (Isolation Room)

Q&A: Keith Morris on the CIRCLE JERKS Reunion

March 30, 2022

Catching up with hardcore OG and Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris on the band’s return to the stage after 15 years.

Sharp Tongues Of Hungry Animals: An Oral History of Christian Death’s ‘Only Theatre Of Pain’ On Its 40th Anniversary

March 24, 2022

On the 40th anniversary of Christian Death‘s Only Theatre Of Pain, Decibel talked to all the living members of the album lineup about the making of this deathrock classic and its legacy.

Don Argott and Demian Fenton On Their New Dio Documentary, ‘Dreamers Never Die’

March 17, 2022

New documentary Dio: Dreamers Never Die debuts at SXSW today. The filmmakers discuss how the movie came together and the lessons we can all take from Ronnie’s James Dio’s heroic journey.

Dead Kennedys – Frankenchrist

February 10, 2022

After over a decade of trying, we finally induct Dead Kennedys‘ landmark Frankenchrist into the Decibel Hall of Fame.

Full Album Stream: Milquetoast’s ‘Caterwaul’

January 26, 2022

Spin the entirety of Caterwaul from punk blasters Milquetoast and pre-order it in advance of a January 28 release from Wise Blood.

“We Were The Spark:” Venom Celebrates 40th Anniversary of ‘Welcome To Hell’

December 6, 2021

Decibel celebrates the 40th anniversary of Venom‘s extreme metal ground zero, Welcome To Hell, with former guitarist/songwriter Jeff “Mantas” Dunn.

Q&A and Track Premiere: Eight Bells – ‘Nadir’

November 29, 2021

Hear a track from Eight Bells‘ album Legacy of Ruin (due on February 25 and available now for preorder), the band’s first record in roughly five years.

Full Album Stream: Teeth’s ‘Finite’

November 19, 2021

Of all the albums that arrived this year Teeth‘s Finite was the most welcome surprise. Not long after I listened to it I wrote the following: “the fact that it’s nearly impossible to describe Finite speaks to how perfect it is for our extraordinarily challenging times — times where the truth itself is under assault. We…

Q&A: Udo Dirkschneider on ‘Game Over,’ Set Lists and Pandemic Touring

November 9, 2021

Metal institution and U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider talks about his record and how it’s a challenge to cobble a set list together from a catalog of classics.

Q&A: Pro Wrestler Malakai Black on Amenra and Growing Up A Metal Fan

October 20, 2021

Tom Büdgen, better known as Malakai Black, is one of the world’s most celebrated professional wrestlers. He tells us about how his visual presentation owes much to his lifelong metal fandom.

Q&A: Matt Harvey and Will Carroll on Resurrecting Scarecrow

October 14, 2021

Bay Area thrashers featuring Matt Harvey (Exhumed), Will Carroll and Damien Sisson (Death Angel) and Bud Burke (ex-Exhumed) Scarecrow reform.

Streaming: Lavaborne’s “Mortal Pride”

September 2, 2021

Hear Indianapolis heavy doom hitters Lavaborne‘s new single in advance of their Wise Blood debut Black Winged Gods, released on October 1st.

Streaming: Dreamwheel’s “Chain Of Fear”

August 17, 2021

Hear Evan Linger (Skeletonwitch bassist) and Julia Gaeta (former Albez Duz guitarist) collaborate on Siouxsie Sioux-meets-Killing Joke-meets-Joy Division project Dreamwheel.

Hall of Fame Extra – Behind The ‘Instinct: Decay’ Artwork

August 2, 2021

Chicago area artist Rebecca Clegg discusses her work on the unforgettable cover art for recent Hall of Fame inductee Instinct: Decay.

Joey Jordison: 1975-2021

July 27, 2021

We remember the fallen former Slipknot drummer and is impact on a generation of extreme metal fans. Rest well, Joey. 

The Artists Behind ‘Black Metal Rainbows’ Book on Their “Love Letter to Black Metal”

July 26, 2021

Decibel speaks with editors Daniel Lukes and Stanimir Panayotov, and designer Jaci Raia, the three people responsible for the new book, Black Metal Rainbows.

Nachtmystium – Instinct: Decay

July 8, 2021

Nachtmystium‘s USBM landmark, Instinct: Decay, gets a Decibel Hall of Fame induction

Video Premiere: Persekutor’s “Chained To the Tundra”

June 23, 2021

Romanian/Los Angeles ice metal heroes Persekutor unveil their latest hedonistic video from last year’s Permanent Winter

Stream the New Cirith Ungol EP & Read an Interview with the Legendary Robert Garven

May 27, 2021

While you listen, read our Q&A with band co-founder/drummer Robert Garven about handling pandemic setbacks, how the EP came together, and what’s next for this legendary band. 

Q&A: Catching Up With Death Angel’s Will Carroll A Year After His COVID Battle

May 18, 2021

Death Angel drummer Will Carroll speaks with us about his journey and what he’s learned during the pandemic. Death Angel will stream a concert on May 29 focusing on rarities from their catalog.

Q&A: Laurie Sue Shanaman (Ails) on a Year of Essential Work During the Pandemic

March 16, 2021

Ails’ vocalist works as a case manager in San Francisco where she assists homeless citizens transitioning to supportive housing. Shanaman discusses putting her health on the line to ensure that the most vulnerable among us continue to have a lifeline.

The Plague Rages So Mike DiSalvo, Friends Rip On This Napalm Death Cover

February 8, 2021

Death metal vocal king Mike DiSalvo and members of Mercurial and Misery Index team up to to record a ripping cover of Napalm Death’s Fear, Emptiness, Despair classic.

Streaming: Kyle Ball (Wake) Covers Earth A.D. Black Metal Style

January 18, 2021

Wake vocalist Kyle Ball and friends reimagine A.D: Earth from a blackened punk aesthetic.

‘Heavy Metal Movies’ Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden Passes Away

December 17, 2020

Decibel mourns the loss of Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, author of a pair of modern classics for Bazillion Points, Heavy Metal Movies and Teen Movie Hell.