Shawn Macomber

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.

Resurrecting the Dragon: The Forgotten Gems of Late Era Dio

March 25, 2020

Ten years after his untimely death, the late era Ronnie James Dio albums are finally getting a bit of respect — and the deluxe reissue treatment. Here’s your roadmap.

Visual Violence: Trailblazing Director Drew Stone on his Crucial, Scene-Defining Music Videos

March 18, 2020

Meet director Drew Stone, the visionary filmmaker who helped hardcore claw its way out of the underground in the early ’90s.

Track Premiere: Eternal Returns — “Dreaded Chains of Obscurity”

March 11, 2020

Get your life-birth-death metal liberation on with this fiery Prometheus-themed track courtesy Thane, India’s Eternal Returns.

Track Premiere: Drain — “Hyper Vigilance”

March 9, 2020

Get ready to circle(pit) the Drain or be washed out with the rest of the poseurs.

Video Nasties’ Killer Death ‘n’ Roll “Dominion”

March 4, 2020

Horror cinema obsessed melodic death ‘n’ rollers Video Nasties take you behind the scenes of the band’s wild full-length debut.

Video Premiere: KillKount — ‘Memento Mori’

February 26, 2020

India’s metal and hardcore scenes are thriving. With their powerful debut full-length, brutal tech-death outfit KillKount are primed to take it to the next level.

Gasping for Hair: Hard Rock Trailblazer Mark Knight on the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Bang Tango

February 12, 2020

In the inaugural edition of Gasping For Hair — a new column devoted to the classics of hard rock, hair metal, glam, and other heavy metal adjacent subgenres — we talk to guitarist Mark Knight about one of the wildest hard rock acts ever, Bang Tango.

Track Premiere: Total Fucking Destruction — “…to be alive at the end of the world”

February 5, 2020

Grindcore refracting iconoclasts Total Fucking Destruction return to provide a glimpse of what it will sound like “…to be alive at the end of the world.”

Full EP Stream: Kings Never Die — “Raise A Glass”

February 5, 2020

A murderer’s row of hardcore luminaries cross the streams for the latest Kings Never Die EP.

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Vanessa Hexe Takes Death-Doom From the Fretboard to the Typewriter

January 29, 2020

Vanessa Hexe, one of the leading lights of underground death doom, is summoning new atmospheres and nightmares with her debut volume of poetry, “A Winter Darkly.”

Video Premiere: 5 R V L N 5 — “Flesh”

January 22, 2020

You’re already living in a tech-hellscape. Might as well let Chicago dark industrial upstarts 5 R V L N 5 provide you an appropriate soundtrack for trying to survive it.

Album Review: Midnight – ‘Rebirth by Blasphemy’

January 14, 2020

Midnight take their sacrilegious heavy metal earworms overground and to the next level.

Track Premiere: Innards — “Night Of The Anthropophagous”

January 8, 2020

Portuguese old school death metal power trio Innards digs deeps into the bowels of repugnance for this nasty splatter platter.

Mainstream Metal is F*cking Dead

December 27, 2019

As we close out the decade, Decibel has an infernal correspondence on the demise of relevant major-label metal

Madball – “Set It Off”

December 21, 2019

Madball demonstrate their metal-infused NYHC style on the classic Set It Off and enter the Decibel Hall of Fame