Shane Mehling

Grind Machinists Robocop Reassemble for East Coast Tour

June 15, 2016

Beloved noise-grind three-piece will only be playing a handful of days for their “Make America Dead Again” tour. 

Bass/Drum Gore-Punks Mouth Demand You Open up and “Suck the Worm”

June 1, 2016

The Oakland duo gets up in your guts with a slithering track off their new album Deathroll.

Meek is Murder Tease The Shit Out Of You With Trailer for New Album ‘Was’

May 11, 2016

Brooklyn noisecore trio replace their instruments with being hilarious. 


Spotlights Exclusive Stream: Husband/Wife Duo Marry Psych With Sludge

April 27, 2016

With the song “Hover” the Brooklyn couple show that they’re louder than love. 

Eleven of the best St. Vitus Bar Shows, as picked by David Castillo of Primitive Weapons

April 13, 2016

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Saint Vitus Bar, as well as the release date of Primitive Weapons’ new album The Future of Death, David Castillo looks back at some of the club’s best shows so far.

A Brief History of Noise with Producer Martin Bisi

March 30, 2016

The legendary producer discusses his work with bands like Swans, Helmet and Unsane. 

Phobia’s Shane MacLachlan discusses Insane two-decade collection

March 2, 2016

And if you worry you are late to the Phobia party, the ludicrously huge Decades of Blastphemy will bring you up to speed. 

STREAMING: Wake’s “Wretched Tongues”

February 8, 2016

Get a taste of the newest full-length from these Canadian grindsons.  

Bloodiest On Their Not Very Bloody Influences

February 3, 2016

Sometimes you read one of these playlists by a band and, while their choices may be good, you wonder how in the world people with such varied tastes could make such one-dimensional music. This is clearly not true for Bloodiest (ex and current members of Russian Circles, Yakuza and Corrections House), who are so expansive and unorthodox it only makes sense they would be spinning music this eclectic. 

EXCLUSIVE: Hollow Earth Cruise Past Hardcore and “Beyond Celestial Limits”

January 20, 2016

Hollow Earth have always sounded like they wanted to be more than a hardcore band. Sure, the midwesterners never lacked the ability to break necks with and start pits, but there was something around the edges that showed a real thirst for something different, with flashes of doom and melody.  

The Most Anticipated Nu-Metal Albums of 2016

January 6, 2016

Meshuggah. Gorguts. Nails. Pig Destroyer. Sure, these are some of the most anticipated metal releases of 2016, but what about the best nu-metal coming out in the nu-year?

Scorpions Documentary SPANS “FOREVER AND A DAY”

December 23, 2015

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who think Scorpions only really put out a couple hits and those who are shocked and appalled by the first people.

Amrep’s ‘The Color of Noise’ is the Best Music Documentary of This Year or Any Year

December 9, 2015

The Color of Noise is an exhaustive and absolutely fascinating look at a label which is now synonymous with the genre, aesthetic and attitude. But it goes way beyond anecdotes about Helmet’s demo tape and the Dope, Guns, and Fucking in the Streets comps. 

Song Premiere: Priapus Admits That “Everything I Want to do is Illegal”

November 24, 2015

You have about 90 seconds to spare, give or take? Because that is all this North Carolina three-piece needs to hyperblast their way into your defenseless heart. 

Get Your Ivories Tickled with the Keyboard Shredding Math-Prog of Spacebag

November 11, 2015

Ex-Rorschach and Asva guys show off their crazy 88.

Here’s What Megadeth Sounds Like on Violin

October 28, 2015

As I told the tipster who led me to Doralice’s Rusted Pieces — a violin/acoustic guitar duet covering five tracks off Megadeth’s Rust in Peace — this kind of shit is a metal website’s bread and butter. 


October 13, 2015

Bury Them and Keep Quiet doesn’t result in a pretty situation. 

Metal Cover Art, Poseur Music

September 30, 2015

Battle scenes, H. R. Giger artwork, huge skulls, and pseudo-corpsepaint lead to some confused metalheads. 

Help MAKE A PSYCHOSEXUAL HORROR THRILLER With Decibel's Andrew Bonazelli

September 21, 2015

Despite being tasked with copyediting two dozen illiterates and devising approximately 400 metal puns per issue, Decibel Managing Editor Andrew Bonazelli still manages to create an incredible amount of written material on the side. 

Decibel on Decibel: Art Director Bruno Guerreiro

September 16, 2015

The man behind the art: Shane Mehling has a chat with Bruno Guerreiro, Decibel Art Director and metal illustrator responsible for album covers, gig posters, and shirt designs.  


August 19, 2015

There had never been a band like Unbroken before. How they sounded, how they looked and what they said all came from a place that baffled a lot of hardcore kids back in the 90s.

But Justin Pearson got it.


August 17, 2015

USDA-choice noise-rock
dB Rating: 9/10

They Did It All for the Nookie: Decibel Explores the Rise and Fall of Nu-Metal

August 13, 2015

The intro is long. Nearly 50 seconds without tipping its hand. A new band should be terrified to open a record like this, worried that potential listeners will get bored with a lone ride cymbal and high, jangly guitar chord. And it’s certainly not something a discerning producer is going to throw on the radio. But then comes that growl—Are you reeeeeaaaady?!—and you hear a musical revolution being born… Which then died, less than a decade later.


August 5, 2015

I could have done this forever. This is maybe the fifth band photo I’ve reviewed, and looking back they are not getting any less dumb. But this is my final review because, honestly, most people dealing with band photos are damned from the beginning.

Hate Eternal

July 27, 2015

Infernal Affairs
dB Rating: 8/10


July 22, 2015

Okay, so get this — I had already decided to review this photo, right there sitting in the queue, and then I see him — I see former Queensryche/current be-haircutted frontman of Operation: Mindcrime Geoff Tate crossing the street in downtown Seattle. 


July 14, 2015

Force Rise the Sun
Black hole fun
dB Rating: 8/10


July 8, 2015

There are some diverse affectations in this photo; let’s talk about them. 


June 24, 2015

I was planning on only reviewing this band’s photo, but the image came with the rest of that nonsense on the side, and I can’t just move on without saying a little about the moniker Cry Excess.