Shawn Macomber

Track Premiere: Strangelight — “Digressions from Sierra Leone”

September 17, 2020

Members of Transistor Transistor and Kowloon Walled City unite in killer post-hardcore outfit Strangelight.

Track Premiere: Chamber — “Visions of Hostility”

September 15, 2020

The latest sonic haymaker from rising metallic hardcore revitalizer Chamber is an eye-opening “Vision of Hostility.”

Comes Like the Flood: Anthrax’s “Persistence of Time” Turns 30

September 10, 2020

Thirty years ago Anthrax released the thrash metal apotheosis Persistence of Time, a timeless record which remains as beguiling and potent as ever.

Track Premiere: Axeslasher — “Intro/The Axeslasher (Live)”

September 2, 2020

Killer Denver, Colorado horror metal outfit Axeslasher reemerges from the shadows with a wild and nasty new live album.

Celebrating Riley Gale With Decibel’s Power Trip Cover Story From 2019

August 28, 2020

We pay tribute to Power Trip’s Riley Gale with our cover story to the sold-out February 2019 issue of Decibel.

Take a Rocket Ride to the Extremely Extreme Side of “Planet Wax”

August 26, 2020

Blood on Black Wax authors Aaron Lupton and Jeff Szpirglas are back with another tome on vinyl soundtrack mayhem, Planet Wax — and we’ve got your heavy metal pairings for it.

Album Review: Necrot – ‘Mortal’

August 24, 2020

Bay area death metallers Necrot return with a sophomore leveler for the ages

Demonic Roadies & Killer Riffs: How Punk Rock Horror Comedy “Uncle Peckerhead” Got Its Jams

August 19, 2020

Philadelphia riff-slinger extraordinaire Jeff Riddle and writer/director Matthew John Lawrence talk their extremely extreme rock n’ roll gore-fest Uncle Peckerhead.

Track Premiere: Vulnere — “And They Fall”

August 12, 2020

Rising Portland, Oregon death metallers Vulnere mine some of the greatest extremely extreme ore of yore for killer track “And They Fall.”

Album Review: Terminal Nation

August 4, 2020

Arkansas assbeaters Terminal Nation are responsible for the year’s toughest album.

Philly Rising: Benefit Comp “19 Notes on a Broken System” Slays & Heals

July 29, 2020

Ready to grind, thrash, and pummel your way to a better world? So are the artists on this extremely extreme benefit comp.

Track Premiere: Sheenjek—”Monkey Brains”

July 15, 2020

Ready for some stoner post-punk psych rock to help you get in touch with your inner simian? Sheenjek is here to oblige with the raucous “Monkey Brains.”

Depraved Indifference No More: Earth Crisis’ Scott Crouse on the “Salvation of Innocents” Reissue

July 8, 2020

Earth Crisis guitarist Scott Crouse talks about the reissue of the epic 2014 animal liberation-themed Salvation of Innocents in this pandemic moment.

Track Premiere: Same Gods — “In Circles”

July 1, 2020

Worship at the altar of post-hardcore powerhouse Same Gods via the melody-tinged incantation “In Circles.”

Track Premiere: Places Around the Sun — “Lost I Am Found”

June 24, 2020

Libson, Portugal’s Places Around the Sun is here to take you to the heavy desert stoner rock oasis. Now, drink.

1995: The Year in Not-So-Metal Heaviness

June 17, 2020

1995 wasn’t merely a great year for the extremely extreme — it was also an amazing trip around the sun for metal-adjacent music.

Video Premiere: ILS — “No Luck”

June 10, 2020

Portland noise rockers ILS bring you a bouquet of zero-leaf clovers with “No Luck.”

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Gregory Bastianelli’s Heavy Metal Inspired Horror Novels

June 3, 2020

New Hampshire horror novelist Gregory Bastianelli reveals the extremely extreme sonic foundations of his latest blood-soaked supernatural opus “Snowball.”

Earth Crisis – “Destroy the Machines”

May 28, 2020

Earth Crisis‘s vegan straight-edge metalcore landmark Destroy the Machines is inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame

Track Premiere: Die My Will — “Endless Suffering”

May 27, 2020

After nearly a quarter century, Connecticut metallic hardcore underground legends Die My Will blast their way back out of the grave with a remaster of their criminally underrated debut EP.

Video Premiere: These Streets — “Stay Awake”

May 20, 2020

Better “Stay Awake” if you’re gonna walk These Streets.

Full Album Stream: Tithe — “Penance”

May 13, 2020

Brace yourself. Portland, Oregon’s Tithe is about to drag you into the death-grind tarpits.

Procession: The Sublime & Harrowing Fine Art of Underground Metal Legend Michelle Eddison

May 13, 2020

Ex-Starkweather/current Below the Frost bassist Michelle Eddison brings the visual violence in a new series of transcendent paintings.

Video Premiere: BlackLab — “Forked Road”

April 22, 2020

Let Osaka, Japan “dark witch doom duo” BlackLab lead you down a strange, wild “Forked Road” to the abyss.

Full Album Stream: Xenoglyph — “Mytharc”

April 15, 2020

A wild progressive black metal transmission courtesy Xenoglyph, an anonymous band hailing, apparently, from planet Extremely Extreme.

Track Premiere: Chris Alexander — “Shock Waves”

April 8, 2020

Dark maestro Chris Alexander is back with a sexy, nightmarish new record that definitely defies quarantine.

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Rising Horror Lit Visionary Scott Cole

April 1, 2020

Philadelphia-based author and graphic designer Scott Cole writes brilliant, reality-refracting dark fiction — and has an extremely extreme heavy metal writing playlist to match.