Kevin Stewart-Panko

The Sounds of Perseverance: An Interview with Taken’s Ray Harkins

February 15, 2018

An interview with Taken vocalist and issue #162 Reader of the Month, Ray Harkins


January 4, 2018

Kreator‘s Pleasure to Kill is inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame.

Ghold: Track Premiere and Interview

November 23, 2017

What’s unique about the seventh release of Ghold’s discography is not only the psychedelic swirl and caveman crunch they combine under leaden hoof, but also that the trio has trusted the release of the new album to local heavy metal specialist record shop’s first label release.

Track Premiere and T-Shirt Talk With Übergang

November 9, 2017

As Übergang absolutely wear their influences on their sleeves, we decided to ask them about the influences they literally decided to wear on their sleeves.

Track Stream/Premiere: Odious Icon’s Planet of Immense Decay

October 26, 2017

Tomorrow sees the release of the debut album from thrash/death newcomers, Odious Icon. Today, we’re offering up the album’s lead-off and title track for your listening consideration.

Full Album Stream: Dead is Dead’s Constraints of Time

September 14, 2017

Dead is Dead write patient songs with a metallic edge with a slight lean towards the darker side of post rock.

Only Print is Real: How We Entered the Golden Age of Extreme Metal Books

September 13, 2017

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Ian Christe, Dayal Patterson and a host of authors and publisher discuss the rise of authoritative books in extreme metal.

Interview With Dead Cross: The Raw Materials Version

September 7, 2017

Here, you get to read the full complement of questions and answers with Dead Cross that was the forerunner to what made it to print in the October issue.

Full EP Stream and Track-By-Track Commentary: Protosequence’s Biophagous

August 17, 2017

You obviously won’t come out of this exercise knowing the usual informational nuts and bolts about Protosequence, like their history and how they formed, but hopefully this will shine some light onto the band’s creative process.

Still Screaming After Thirty-Six Years: An Interview with Raw Power

August 3, 2017

A couple months ago, with an almost devil-may-care, casual shoulder shrug, one of my all-time favourite bands in the history of forever, Italian hardcore legends Raw Power, quietly released their new album. We caught up with vocalist Mauro Codeluppi to discuss growing old, not giving a shit and the time they played with G’N’R.

Track Stream/Premiere: Sweden’s Grande Royale Rock With Mellow Class

July 20, 2017

Today we’re going to give you a break from sonic extremity, but still keep things hard and rocking, with a Swedish band rocking out like they’re showcasing their wares at a Fourth of July picnic and playing under a row of now-considered-politically incorrect confederate flags.

Grind Those Frowns Upside-Down with Ape Unit and Horsebastard

July 6, 2017

Let’s lighten the mood a little bit around here, shall we? And let’s do it without easing up on the calamitous and chaotic noise.

Track Premiere: Wren’s Prog Sludge/Noise Rock

June 22, 2017

Progressive sludge/noise rock with comparisons to Neurosis, Old Man Gloom and Amenra? I’m sold!

Metalocalypstick Fest Celebrates Women in Extreme Metal

June 8, 2017

The vast expanse of south central British Columbia in a town almost ironically/appropriately called Lone Butte isn’t the first place one thinks of for a female-centric metal fest. But it is.

Track Premiere, Introductory Interview: Saying Hello to MUTANK

May 25, 2017

Montreal’s MUTANK – all caps, all the time, I’ve been warned – is a crossover/thrash whose members not only love crossover thrash, but acronyms and plays on words using their moniker as the jumping off point. As the band begins/continues to make farther and wider strides, we figured it was time for an introduction via a short Q&A and a song premier.

Track Premiere: Terminal Nation, Grinding on Arkansas’ Wheel

May 11, 2017

Arkansas’ rich extreme music history isn’t exactly the richest. These days, Decibel cover stars Pallbearer are leading the charge and the past is sparsely littered with the likes of The Handshake Murders, Rwake (and various associated side projects) and Living Sacrifice. Debate amongst yourselves the merits and inclusion of Evanescence and Mutha’s Day Out.

Slagduster Interview and Album Stream

April 27, 2017

Hailing from small town British Columbia, Slagduster is the sort of band that, through the lens of 2017, sounds like a tantalizing amalgam of genres that offer a look at where metal (or at least one strain of it) might head towards in the future.

Suffering Hour Song Premiere and Interview

April 13, 2017

Suffering Hour was destined to nab my attention. Today, we’re premiering some of the blackened death metal featured on their forthcoming album, In Passing Ascension.

Video/Interview With Hyborian

March 30, 2017

Today, we’re showcasing Hyborian‘s video for “As Above, So Below,” an introductory interview with guitarist/vocalist Martin Bush and as rad a tour breakdown story as you’ll probably ever hear.

Track Premiere: “Day Drinking” with War Brides

March 16, 2017

America’s mid-west has a long, rich history of being home to the noisiest of noise rock’s champions and kings/queens. Chicago’s War Brides mimics the sound of humanity collapsing in a heap of defeated misery.

Blood Sun Circle Offer a Track/Video Premiere and Update

March 2, 2017

Blood Sun Circle has a new record entitled Distorted Forms on the horizon on their newly christened label and the Gorham brothers have made some exciting improvements to their retail space.

Swedish Grind Split Premiere w/RESONANCE CASCADE and JÄRNBÖRD

February 16, 2017

Can we at least agree that the record’s title, Hyperakusi (a Swedish word defined as “hypersensitivity to everyday sounds”) hits the nail on the head?

Canadian Band Goes to India; Takes Lots of Pictures

February 2, 2017

You have to give it to any band that has managed to play its first shows outside of its home country on the other side of the planet.