Justin Norton

Decibel Special Report: Online Bootlegging In Extreme Music

June 11, 2018

Cheap merchandise. Diminishing revenues for labels already under financial pressure. Death metal shower curtains and bar signs. Decibel‘s special report on how online bootlegging is hurting the extreme metal scene.

Q&A: Soft Kill’s Tobias Grave on addiction, redemption through fatherhood and “Savior”

May 11, 2018

Soft Kill main man discusses addiction, sobriety, the birth of his son and new album Savior.

Gone Five Years: Our Cover Story on Jeff Hanneman’s Life and Legacy

May 2, 2018

Remembering one of extreme metal’s most iconic figures, Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman, five years after his death.

An Extremely Extreme Voice For Common Sense

March 23, 2018

Let’s imagine a world where kids can get lost in records and find themselves again. Let’s imagine a world where the bridge to adulthood doesn’t include fearing for your life.

Q&A and Track Premiere: Leila Abdul-Rauf on “Diminution”

March 16, 2018

Leila Abdul-Rauf is well known to Decibel readers for her exemplary work with bands including Vastum, Cardinal Wyrm, Hammers Of Misfortune and others. The multi-instrumentalist is also busy composing her own music, which often veers in unpredictable directions. Her upcoming album Diminution, the followup to the 2015 release Insomnia, draws on Abdul-Rauf’s feelings about the collapse of the…

Martin Eric Ain: 1967-2017

October 22, 2017

Martin Eric Ain, a member of the legendary outfits Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, is remembered.

Melvins

July 3, 2017

A Walk with Love and Death
Double Studio Gonzo
dB rating: 8/10

Broken Hope

June 26, 2017

Mutilated and Assimilated
Too fast, too furious
dB rating: 8/10

Necrot

June 5, 2017

Blood Offerings
Axe of the unspeakable
dB rating: 9/10

Q&A: Filmmaker Sam Dunn On His Virtual Reality Wacken Film

June 1, 2017

Filmmaker Sam Dunn talks to us about his new Wacken documentary filmed in virtual reality.

Q&A: Jinx Dawson On The Return Of Coven and Spirituality In a Dogmatic Age

April 17, 2017

Jinx Dawson gave us an exclusive Q&A on the return of Coven, scheduled for Roadburn later this week.

Sneak Peek at Bonus Features on “Blackhearts” Documentary

April 7, 2017

Get a sneak peek at the special features included with award-winning black metal documentary Blackhearts. 

Cannibal Corpse – “The Bleeding”

March 28, 2017

By 1993, Cannibal Corpse was an interesting conundrum: When you have hammer-smashed every boundary of decency and good taste on your third album, where exactly do you go?

Q&A: Arthur Brown On The Roots Of Metal and Art In Times Of Social Upheaval

March 7, 2017

Decibel talked to psychedelic pioneer Arthur Brown about his role in the birth of metal and why art flourishes in times of political and social upheaval. 

DEMO:Listen: GOD

February 24, 2017

Get right with GOD in this week’s Demo: Listen. 

Q&A: Edward Banchs, author of “Heavy Metal Africa”

February 13, 2017

Decibel talks to the author of the excellent new book Heavy Metal Africa

Track Premiere: Tight Fright – “Look Out Below”

February 1, 2017

Listen to a track from Tight Fright’s pending debut Hotel Metal

The Mental Tyrant: Snippets From My Life With Mental Illness

January 18, 2017

Read about former Yob drummer Gabe Morley’s struggle with mental illness and homelessness and learn how you can help him secure stable housing. 

Q&A: East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys) on Trump, The Internet And His Revolutionary Guitar Sound

November 21, 2016

Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray sat down for a rare interview with Decibel and discussed Trump, his inimitable guitar style and how the Internet breeds fascism. 

Hellhammer – “Apocalyptic Raids”

November 11, 2016

At the onset of metal’s second decade, kult was not a choice. Kult was the by-product of poverty, desperation and isolation.

Satan’s Little Helpers: An Oral History of The Electric Hellfire Club

October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! Get in the spirit with an exhaustive Decibel oral history of The Electric Hellfire Club, the innovative 90s band that blended metal, industrial music, and Satanism. Burn, baby, burn!  

Full Album Stream: The Powder Room’s “Lucky”

October 13, 2016

Stream The Powder Room’s second album Lucky here on release day.

Parking Lot Eternal: A Belated Elegy For Dave Donahue

October 3, 2016

A few months after Heavy Metal Parking Lot celebrated its 30th anniversary, we remember the life of Dave Donahue, who made a short appearance in the film but left a lasting impression on his younger brother and friends. 

Metal Muthas Mondays: Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth, TFD)

September 26, 2016

Every so often, we take a little time on Mondays to pay tribute to the Muthas! That is, reprinting the adorable metal/maternal Q&As that run in the magazine. Today, enjoy Justin Norton’s chat with Bernice Rakes, mother of Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth/Total Fucking Destruction).

Q&A: Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) on His New Memoir

September 15, 2016

Decibel talked to hardcore legend Keith Morris about his new memoir My Damage.