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Q&A: Director Felipe Belalcazar (Death By Metal)

March 7, 2016

One of the highlights of the upcoming Choosing Death Fest in Philadelphia this April will be the first public screening of Death By Metal, the definitive documentary on Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner. We talked to director Felipe Belalcazar.

Inverloch

March 7, 2016

Distance | Collapsed
Out of the shadows
dB Rating: 9/10

Hall Of Fame Countdown: Venom’s Black Metal

February 23, 2016

You will be able to read our inside take on how Venom Inc. came together in the forthcoming May issue. In the meantime, we thought it was a perfect occasion to rank the songs on one of the most revered metal albums ever: Black Metal

Streaming: Unbowed’s EP Dogma

February 9, 2016

Stream a new EP from the Canadian duo Unbowed.

Streaming: Funeral Moth’s “Transience”

January 26, 2016

Stream the title track from the upcoming doom opus from Japan’s Funeral Moth. 

Oakland Bro Down With Infinite Waste and Cyanic

January 12, 2016

Stream a killer split from two Oakland bands and get a detailed report of what’s going on with metal on their side of the Bay. 

2015: The Year In Deciblog Interviews

December 15, 2015

We’ve pulled excerpts from some of our favorite interview subjects from the past calendar year, from old-school hardcore vets to legendary professional wrestlers. 

In Search Of… Sera Timms On The Mystical Art Of Tarot

December 1, 2015

Sera Timms of Ides Of Gemini talked to us about her path in an ancient art often derided as fortune telling and why there’s more to it than many expect.

Massive Three Album Meatmen Contest!

November 19, 2015

Three of the band’s best-loved albums (Pope On A RopeToilet Slave and War Of The Superbikes II) will be released in limited run vinyl pressings from three separate labels.  Come learn how to win copies. 

The Deciblog Interview: Roger Miret

November 17, 2015

The Decibel Hall Of Fame inductee (along with the rest of Agnostic Front for Cause For Alarm) talked to us earlier this year about the old New York and his new life thousands of miles away in Arizona.

My Favorite Flexi: The Gates Of Slumber “The Jury” (dB006)

November 10, 2015

To commemorate five years of Decibel Flexis, we’ve asked Decibel writers to write a review-length tribute to their favorite disc. First up is the Gates of Slumber’s entry, a remake of their early track “The Jury.” 

Killing Joke

November 9, 2015

Pylon
Watch the world burn
dB Rating: 9/10

Contest: Win Violation Wound’s Double Album Omnibus

November 3, 2015

Tell us what hardcore album should be inducted into the HOF next, win an album. Good deal!

Decibel’s Papal Playlist

October 6, 2015

Considering that almost every story on the Pope’s visit was a fluffy feel good feature (with the exception of his visit with gay-hating Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis) we decided to go through extreme music’s vaults and find the most significant songs — or mentions — about the Pope. 

Dani’s (United) Kingdom Of The Supernatural

September 22, 2015

In order to get you ready for the Halloween season here’s some of the UK’s best haunted and supernatural spots, as picked by Dani Filth. 

Help Jim Sadist of Nunslaughter

September 17, 2015

Your friends at Decibel have long revered Nunslaughter, not just for their dedication to underground metal but for their sheer persistence.

Q&A: Wrestling Legend Chris Jericho On His Collaboration With Death Metal Greats

September 2, 2015

 Chris Jericho is one of the most decorated professional wrestlers ever: a six-time world champion and the first-ever undisputed WWE champion. He is also one of the most vocal celebrity metal fans on the planet as well as a metal musician who has toured the world repeatedly with his band Fozzy. Jericho’s latest project, however, might be the only one that could earn the extreme moniker.

The Deciblog Interview: Rae Amitay (Immortal Bird)

August 25, 2015

Immortal Bird vocalist Rae Amitay talked to us about Eminem albums, music school and the difference between keeping the rhythm and fronting a band.

Autopsy: The Illustrated History (HOF Bonus)

August 12, 2015

In the latest issue, Autopsy joins our revered two-time Hall Of Fame Club, which includes metal stalwarts like Celtic Frost, Carcass and At The Gates. To commemorate the Severed Survival HOF we’re printing our exclusive “Illustrated History” of Autopsy with Eric Cutler and Chris Reifert from late 2013.  

Q&A: Pete Jay (blackQueen) and song premiere

July 28, 2015

On August 1, blackQueen will release their new Billy Anderson-produced album The Directress, which features guest appearances by musicians including Uta Plotkin, Joy Von Spain of Eye Of Nix, and Wrest of Leviathan. Pete Jay talked to us about his love of horror soundtracks and the comeback of his passion project. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Ministry’s “With Sympathy”

July 24, 2015

While derided by Al Jourgensen and some fans With Sympathy contains some of Al’s most iconic songs and tips the hat to what followed in his still evolving career.

Grimposium: The Resurrection

July 14, 2015

Decibel friend Vivek Venkatesh is the curator of Grimposium, a conference that aims to get at the heart of what makes extreme metal special. We’re handing the blog over to him today to discuss his plans for the event next month, which will feature an appearance from our esteemed editor. 

Ex-Skinhead: “This Was Never Just About Inquisition”

July 10, 2015

Six months ago, Google mandated that we remove the hate speech contained in comments for interviews that editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian and staffer Justin Norton conducted with (respectively) Inquisition (May 1, 2014) and Daniel Gallant (May 5, 2014). At the time, we were unable to delete those comments, so we simply took the interviews down. Now we’re able to better moderate the Deciblog, so here are the interviews as they were originally printed.

Appalachian Noir: The Deciblog Interview with Chris “OJ” Ojeda of Byzantine

June 30, 2015

The proverbial long way to the top has definitely been a long one for Byzantine, which started in a part of rural West Virginia with minimal access to heavy metal and widespread economic problems. Many of the band’s best songs since their formation have touched on the problems of Appalachia, particularly rampant prescription drug abuse. Decibel  talked to frontman Chris “OJ” Ojeda about his long metal apprenticeship and one of the world’s most dangerous jobs: prescription pharmacy delivery driver in rural America. 

The Deciblog Interview: Doug Moore (Pyrrhon)

June 16, 2015

In New York’s flourishing metal scene the experimental death metal band Pyrrhon is a bit of an outlier. Formed when most of the band members were in college, Pyrrhon received widespread acclaim for their 2014 album The Mother Of Virtues, a blend of lyrical and instrumental virtuosity. Pyrrhon is fronted by Doug Moore, a onetime high school athlete and University Of Pennsylvania graduate who rejected conventional paths to success to pursue music. He talked to us about cross-state commutes to band practice and the end times.  

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Deicide’s “In Torment In Hell”

June 12, 2015

Upon hearing that Deicide’s sixth album In Torment In Hell was a potential selection for Justify Your Shitty Taste, our Editor-in-Chief responded with a simple: “Oooh, that’s bad.” No other words were uttered. But is it really?

80s Reimagined As Metal Retake: Robert Hazard, Covered

June 2, 2015

The late Robert Hazard had a stellar pop music career, even if he never became a household name. Perhaps his best known accomplishment was writing  Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”  But Hazard had a melancholy side, best evidenced by his 1982 song “Escalator Of Life.” The song — for all intents a dark wave tune despite modest chart success — was a critique of 80s consumerism. The New Jersey metal duo Stygian Depths recently reimagined the song.

Full EP Stream: Pyrrhon’s Growth Without End

May 27, 2015

Pyrrhon caught our attention last year with their excellent album The Mother Of Virtues, which combined technical yet chaotic death metal with frontman Doug Moore’s staccato prose poems. A lot has happened in the ensuing year. The album made many year-end lists but the band split from Relapse and has since teamed with David Hall and Handshake for a new EP.