Nick Green

No Corporate Beer: Sweet & Smoky Stout

June 26, 2018

Have beer innovators Flying Dog found another hit with the Sweet & Smoky Stout?

No Corporate Beer: On Fleek

June 18, 2018

Is the new collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal / Casita Cerveceria truly On Fleek?

No Corporate Beer: Creamsicle

May 30, 2018

In which we have some sugar poured on us, or at least, in our DIPA.

No Corporate Beer: Prairie Artisan Ales 4th Anniversary

May 23, 2018

In which we discuss the sour power of Prairie Artisan Ales’ anniversary release.

No Corporate Beer: Short and Stout

May 14, 2018

Welcome to No Corporate Beer, Decibel’s new beer-spotting, consumer guide where we drink a beer and a then review it. Now that we’ve established that complex formula, let’s do this.

Focus – “Moving Waves”

October 5, 2017

According to BBC Radio DJ Bob Harris, demand was so great for Focus LPs by 1972 that the band’s British label, Polydor, simultaneously ran vinyl at all five of its record plants around the clock. The Dutch quartet’s second full-length album, Moving Waves—alternately titled Focus II—is one of the least-probable success stories of the early…

Reverend Bizarre – “In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend”

October 27, 2015

Over the length of their relatively short, yet remarkably productive, career, Reverend Bizarre distinguished themselves as a highly literate and darkly humorous band, and one of the doom metal genre’s most ardent conservationists and crusaders.

Napalm Death – “From Enslavement to Obliteration”

September 28, 2015

This particular iteration of Napalm Death was notably short-lived, but the sheer amount the quartet was able to accomplish in a two-year run between the summer of ’87 and summer of ’89 is absolutely mental.

TAD – “8-Way Santa”

August 28, 2015

No band that rose out of the Pacific Northwest music scene of the late ’80s was as committed to the idea of sonic punishment as TAD.

Fear Factory – “Demanufacture”

May 28, 2015

Even the title of the album suggests an act of grand defiance. Demanufacture. Breaking everything down to the component level, stripping away the inessential elements, salvaging the best parts for recycling and reuse.

Bang – “Bang”

March 12, 2015

Definitely a golden age for hard rock right there, capped off in fitting form in December 1971 by one of the ultimate “cult classics”: Bang’s self-titled debut.

Living Colour – “Vivid”

February 12, 2015

New York City was a creative nexus in the mid-to-late ’80s. Art and fashion swelled up from the underground and converged into an amazingly vibrant and unified expression of culture.

Doom With Friends: SubRosa Edition

November 20, 2014

Salt Lake City doom-sludge band SubRosa is a favorite at Decibel HQ, and endeared themselves to us even further when they eschewed predictable “aggro” shots for their back-cover spread in the May 2014 issue in favor of an “action” shot…  in front of a Scrabble board. That was apparently all guitarist/vocalist Rebecca Vernon’s doing, so…

Melvins – “Stoner Witch”

July 26, 2014

The story of how Melvins ended up on Atlantic is one of the weirdest chapters in the band’s history. In the wake of Nevermind’s multi-platinum success, major labels scrambled to catch lightning in a bottle a second time by scooping up angular, but tuneful rock acts.

STREAMING: Persekutor’s “Power Frost”

September 5, 2013

Romanian black metal trio Persekutor’s Angels of Meth was the best album nobody heard in 2006, an anger brownie with hatred frosting. Unfortunately, a protracted legal dispute between the band and its former label Thousand Year Reich over rights to the masters has cast an official stateside release in doubt, and the only official copy…

South Pole Discharge: John Darnielle’s Metal Covers Set Is Nigh

September 6, 2012

John Darnielle has delighted readers of Decibel since the magazine’s inception with his South Pole Dispatch backpage column, and we are certainly grateful to have his humorous, provocative and thoughtful commentary gracing our pages every month. But Darnielle has a long, colorful history of writing about metal, both as the mastermind behind the long-running Last…

Northern Lights

June 20, 2012

Of course, the Internet has been a boon to intrepid record collectors, in the way it has opened up new distribution channels and ensured that everything you want is two clicks and a few keystrokes away. But the rise of the Internet has also placed a new premium on the act of discovery: If everything…

Bitches, Listen… to the New Robocop Jam “Word Virus”

February 2, 2012

A sharp blast of powerviolence and sludge, with intricate lyrics and a pitch-perfect cover of Napalm Death’s “You Suffer,” Maine trio Robocop’s 2011 full-length Robocop II is easily one of the best releases on Grindcore Karaoke to date. Maybe we’re a little biased, because Robocop guitarist Ryan Page is consistently one of the most droll…

Top 5 Cookbooks That Everyone Should Own, by Derrick Prince

October 6, 2011

In the current issue of Decibel, Master Chef contestant Derrick Prince dishes on his recent experience as a finalist on the Fox cooking competition. So, what was it like going before that judge’s panel? “Gordon Ramsay is like one of those angry football coaches you see on TV – they’re rough and they scream at…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Melvins’ “The Colossus of Destiny”

May 11, 2011

There’s an old fake news headline from Buddyhead (I think) that applies to the task at hand, but I’m scrambling to source right now. The basic gist is “Mike Patton Takes a Shit on Microphone, Releases It,” and while that’s entirely fair to Mr. Patton, it also describes about 85 percent of the Ipecac catalog…

The Ax Man Cometh

April 14, 2011

Recently retired closer Trevor Hoffman has a clear shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame, courtesy of his gaudy career saves total. He also had one of the greatest intro songs ever as a member of the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers bullpens—AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells.” As Andrew Bonazelli’s Q&A with former Minnesota Twins/current Padres…

Gunter Glieben Glauchen Globen

November 29, 2010

At present writing, acclaimed director Julie Taymor and Bono and the Edge of U2 are putting the finishing touches on a musical version of Spider-Man. Bet you never thought you’d see something like that in your lifetime. But here it comes, along with a host of Broadway adaptations of familiar properties, like crappy movies (Toxic…