Contest

Unsigned and Unsung? Don’t Let It Bring You Down. Get Your Banner On.

January 8, 2016

Are you in an unsigned band? We’ve got a deal that’ll help get your name out there.

CD GIVEAWAY: Grab a copy of Caelestia’s “Beneath Abyss”

December 18, 2015

Here’s a chance to score something much more metal than a Rudolph sweater from Great Aunt Sylvia.

Win the new Cryptopsy EP!

November 23, 2015

Watch. Stream. Email. (Possibly) win. 

Massive Three Album Meatmen Contest!

November 19, 2015

Three of the band’s best-loved albums (Pope On A RopeToilet Slave and War Of The Superbikes II) will be released in limited run vinyl pressings from three separate labels.  Come learn how to win copies. 

Contest: Win Violation Wound’s Double Album Omnibus

November 3, 2015

Tell us what hardcore album should be inducted into the HOF next, win an album. Good deal!

Exclusive: Win Tickets to At the Gates’ 2016 North American Tour!

October 26, 2015

Melodeath icons At the Gates have just announced dates for their 2016 North American Tour, with support from Decapitated, the Haunted and Harms Way. This is obviously a must-see, and we’re offering an exclusive opportunity to win tickets now!

Win a 3-CD prize pack of new releases from Cruz Del Sur

September 4, 2015

Before checking out for the long weekend, enter for a chance to win three new CDs of doom, occult, heaviness, kings, hammers, and more kings, courtesy of Cruz Del Sur.

CONTEST: Win the Limited, Hardcover Edition of Swedish Death Metal!

July 13, 2015

In January of 2009 Decibel named Swedish Death Metal book of the year. Staff-writer Chris Dick contributed the following calculation: “2.6 pounds of 100% gold is worth $30,588. At the same weight, Swedish Death Metal is probably valued, for historial and personal reasons, at quite a bit more.” The new hardcover edition is even heavier, so (factoring in inflation) you have the chance to win quite a hefty sum of book with just a single email. 

CONTEST: Peter Pan Speedrock LP Giveaway

July 6, 2015

No, a fairy in a green dress is not a part of the contest.

Contest: Psychomancer's EP "Inject the Worms"

April 16, 2015

Last week we featured “Bastards Burn” from the new Psychomancer EP Inject the Worms. If one song wasn’t enough for you, good-guy record label Orchestrated Misery is giving away FIVE copies of this bludgeoning EP. Email us at [email protected] with just what exactly you think a Pyschomancer is, and we’ll pick five lucky metalheads to…

CONTEST: The Wounded Kings

March 19, 2015

It’s been a pretty good stretch for doom lately, from Pallbearer and YOB garnering much deserved critical acclaim last year to Crypt Sermon, Elder and Brothers of the Sonic Cloth dropping strong releases already in 2015 with plenty more (Monolord!) on the way. There’s also that whole top 100 doom metal albums thing that no…

Win A Copy Of Season Of The Witch

February 18, 2015

At the beginning of the year we published an interview with author Peter Bebergal about his excellent new book Season Of The Witch: How The Occult Saved Rock and Roll. Among the topics discussed: why metal has picked up (again) on the occult approach and themes so popular in the 70s: “There’s just something about…

CONTEST: Heiress

January 22, 2015

Our friends at The Mylene Sheath are not messing around in 2015 (not that they did before). The label’s first release will be Heiress‘s sophomore effort, Of Great Sorrow, and happens to have been recorded by none other than Tad fucking Doyle. Not only should you check out a few tracks below, but don’t miss…

CONTEST: Woods of Desolation

January 15, 2015

Yesterday was a big day for music nerds, especially critics. Even though we’re already two weeks into 2015, end of the year fever never really subsides until the Village Voice’s annual Pazz + Jop poll hits. Ever wanted to know what some of your favorite Decibel scribes enjoyed most during the year? Well, now you…

STREAMING: Armageddon “The Watcher” + Contest!

December 22, 2014

** See Armageddon contest info at bottom of post! It’s no secret guitar wiz Christopher Amott is no longer sharing albums and stage with his brother Michael in death metal sensation Arch Enemy. The younger, blonder Amott has moved on to his labor of love called Armageddon (no relation to the ’70s hard rock band…

CONTEST: Axegressor CDs

December 4, 2014

Axegressor hails from Finland, home of Decibel HOFers like Amorphis and Skepticism. As you can tell from the video below for “Command to Last”, even though the quartet might sound nothing like those fellow countrymen–it’s more thrash than anything else–like most Fins we’ve encountered in our worldly travels, the band seems to know how to…

Album Stream and Giveaway: Murder Junkies

December 3, 2014

Old outlaw scumfucs never die. Actually, the virtuous go first and the bad people continue along in almost cockroach fashion. They’re unkillable. Case in point: Merle Allin, brother of the legendary musical outlaw GG. You might hate GG but you certainly know about him. Not only did Merle survive life with one of the craziest…

A Very Heavy Halloween: Alice Cooper DVD Contest!

October 30, 2014

Alice Cooper famously refuses to even broach the idea of maybe someday retiring and if there’s one thing the ridiculously epic mash-up of career-spanning fist-in-the-air anthems and grandiose dark carnival theatrics so exquisitely captured on Raise The Dead — Live From Wacken makes clear it’s that there’s abso-fucking-lutely no reason on earth he should pull…

Get Sinister: Exclusive A389 Mixtape Stream/Contest!

July 22, 2014

A389 Recordings is the most dangerous record label in America, period. Those who doubt it will have a tough time accounting for the 2014 A389 Digital Mixtape/Sampler, an utter beast of a collection featuring fifty-plus salvos from such sinister extreme music heavyweights such as Integrity, Bloodlet, Ringworm, Weekend Nachos, The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan,…

Our GWAR bobblehead contest winner!

July 14, 2014

We’d like to say that we were overwhelmed with video responses paying tribute to Oderus. Actually, it’s probably appropriate that too many people were busy partying this summer to record an ode. But one proud blog reader stands out: Mr. Kyle Messick. True to our word we are sharing his video entry with the world…

All Hail Beer City: Joe Petagno Skate Deck Giveaway!

June 24, 2014

Here’s the deal: The legendary Joe Petagno — AKA the creator of the Motorhead “Snaggletooth” mascot, amongst other iconic images — has drawn three custom exclusive skateboard graphics for Beer City Skateboards and Records. Beer City has been around for over twenty-one years making the highest quality skateboard decks as well as putting out all…

Give Praise To Oderus, Win GWAR Bobbleheads

May 12, 2014

The death of Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, was one of the biggest bummers to hit the world of the extremely extreme in a long time. However, we shouldn’t forget Brockie’s mission: uninhibited creativity and fun. So, we’re teaming with our friends at Aggronautix to give away ONE pair of these amazing and rare GWAR…

CONTEST: Gridlink – Win Test Pressings of Gridlink “Longhena”

February 21, 2014

Decibel and Handshake, Inc. are teaming up to give away TWO (2) copies of Gridlink’s new album Longhena. Why is that so cool? They’re test presses. The kind the label and band get from the pressing plant to spot check for errors and other vinyl-related anomalies. So, test presses, in general, are rare birds. The…

Do your best Bolt Thrower, win a limited Bolt Thrower LP

February 12, 2014

Our friends at Century Media records recently unveiled something incredibly cool: a limited 500-run vinyl pressing of Bolt Thrower’s War Master. Here’s how they describe it: Pressed in a double gatefold format, this special War Master reissue features three sides of “blood-drenched” hymns on red/silver splattered white wax with side 4 being an exclusive etching….

Contest Time: Our Last Enemy “Pariah” Swag

February 6, 2014

We’re teaming up with Australian industrial metallers Our Last Enemy this morning to give away a few prize packs featuring an autographed poster and copy of the band’s latest CD Pariah. (U.S. residents only — sorry!) All you have to do is write a line or two in the comments section below explaining why you’d…

Celebrate 10 years of Seventh Rule by winning all their records

December 23, 2013

What with a holiday season to service and a ten-year anniversary to celebrate, the good people of Seventh Rule Recordings have doubled down on the good cheer and offered you the chance to win their entire vinyl discography in their 10 Year Glitch Prize Package Says a dispatch from Seventh Rule’s Portland HQ: “Seventh Rule…

This One Clothing Line Will Make All Other Holiday Shopping Redundant (Plus Contest!)

November 26, 2013

Did you ever wish that someone made high quality T-shirts for you, the discerning metalhead, that were not also catnip for douche bags like Affliction? I mean, one can’t wear band shirts ALL the time. Variety is the spice of life, even if that variety only comes within the realm of black T-shirts. Well, Mick…

STREAMING: Axeslasher “Woodland Tortuary” with Comic Book Lyric Sheet (Plus Contest!)

July 9, 2013

Axeslasher and Decibel present an exclusive stream of a song off the gore-obsessed thrashers’ upcoming album Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1, due later this year on Antithetic Records. Mixed and mastered at the Filth Chamber in Denver with producer Patrick Bruss (CRYPTICUS, TOMBSTONES), “Woodland Tortuary” is a tongue-in-cheek look at late ’80s sadism, inspired by…