Editorial

Decibel Special Report: Online Bootlegging In Extreme Music

June 11, 2018

Cheap merchandise. Diminishing revenues for labels already under financial pressure. Death metal shower curtains and bar signs. Decibel‘s special report on how online bootlegging is hurting the extreme metal scene.

That Tour Was Awesome: Pain Teens/Boredoms/Brutal Truth (1993)

May 31, 2018

Experimental noise rock met left-field grind and the one and only Boredoms during a legendary tour in 1993 when Pain Teens, Brutal Truth, and the Japanese noise legends hit the road together.

Mining for Black Gold: 6 Great Underground Black Metal Bands

May 25, 2018

There’s a lot of great underground black metal bands out there among the leather-wearing and corpse-painted multitude. This article features music by Riivaus, Nyctophilia, Atra Vetosus, Antimateria, Ühtceare and Nox.

Primitive Origins: Cristal Y Acero’s “Kuman”

May 24, 2018

In which we revisit an absurd and ambitious Mexican metal rock opera from 1984.

Laugh Tracks: Curtis Cook

May 22, 2018

Comedian Chris Cook listens to and shares his thoughts on a variety of extreme metal songs.

Punk Lifers D.O.A. Celebrate 40 Years of Fighting Back with New Album

May 21, 2018

We caught up with punk rocker and mayoral candidate Joey “Shithead” Keithley to talk D.O.A.’s 17th studio album, 40th anniversary tour, and much more.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Paradise Lost’s “Icon”

May 17, 2018

Ranking the songs on Paradise Lost‘s 1993 epic Icon from worst to best, to honor its recent induction to our Hall of Fame.

Svalbard’s Serena Cherry on Underground Metal’s Enduring Gender Bias

May 17, 2018

The guitarist/vocalist of English metal band Svalbard pens a guest editorial about her experiences as a woman in the underground metal scene.

Bringing Metal Tourism From America to Japan

May 16, 2018

Bridging the gap between the Japanese extreme metal scene and the rest of the world.

You Should be Listening to Haunt

May 16, 2018

Fans of classic, old-school New Wave of British Heavy Metal sounds, it’s probably time you check out Fresno’s Haunt.

Retrospective: Acme’s “…To Reduce the Choir to One Soloist”

May 10, 2018

Looking back on the 24 minutes of insanity that make up Acme‘s …To Reduce the Choir to One Soloist 22 years later.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Jonas Stålhammar of At the Gates

May 3, 2018

To celebrate the upcoming release of At the GatesTo Drink from the Night Itself, we caught up with guitarist Jonas Stålhammar to find out what the five heavy albums that changed his life are.

Exclusive Excerpt: Queensrÿche’s “Operation Mindcrime” Hall of Fame

May 3, 2018

Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime turns 30 today. Read an exclusive excerpt from its Hall of Fame induction.

Gone Five Years: Our Cover Story on Jeff Hanneman’s Life and Legacy

May 2, 2018

Remembering one of extreme metal’s most iconic figures, Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman, five years after his death.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Louis Rando of Depravity

April 26, 2018

We caught up with Depravity drummer Louis Rando to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Cutting Room: Leftovers from Grief’s “Come to Grief” Hall of Fame

April 19, 2018

We recently inducted Grief‘s sludgey debut album from 1994, Come to Grief, into our Hall of Fame; here’s all the interview content we had to cut out of the print version.

Primitive Origins: The Shiver’s “Walpurgis”

April 12, 2018

Revisiting The Shiver‘s one and only album, 1969’s Walpurgis.

Caleb Scofield Will Always Be Here

April 11, 2018

J. Bennett remembers his friend and former Cave In/Old Man Gloom/Zozobra bassist Caleb Scofield.

Retrospective: Dystopia’s “Human = Garbage”

April 5, 2018

Revisiting Dystopia‘s 1994 masterpiece of despair and extreme experimentalism, Human = Garbage.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nuclear Death’s “Bride of Insect”

March 29, 2018

We revisit 1990’s incredible and groundbreaking Bride of Insect , the debut from Arizona’s Nuclear Death , and rank the songs from worst to best.

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Inquisition and Doing Better as a Scene

March 27, 2018

Stay vigilant and speak up, especially for those who can’t speak for themselves. We can all do better at this.

An Extremely Extreme Voice For Common Sense

March 23, 2018

Let’s imagine a world where kids can get lost in records and find themselves again. Let’s imagine a world where the bridge to adulthood doesn’t include fearing for your life.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Jeff Irwin of Will Haven

March 22, 2018

To celebrate the release of Will Haven‘s new album, Muerte, we wrangled up guitarist Jeff Irwin to talk about the five heavy albums that changed his life.

The Economics of Art and Culture and Why You Should Help Devout Rcrds

March 19, 2018

As a small Leviathan-affiliated record store and screenprinter are being forced out of Portland due to rising rent. Jef Whitehead and Stevie Floyd explain the importance of record stores in 2018.

Led Astray in the Forest Dark: Metal and the Familiarity Principle

March 16, 2018

When people tell you they don’t like metal, they might mean they’re not familiar with it. Here’s a way to think about getting people into music that’s new to them.

Iranian metal band Confess give update on whereabouts, safety

March 15, 2018

Confess vocalist/guitarist Nikan (Siyanor) Khosravi is in hiding in Turkey after the band was charged and put on death row in Iran; we caught up with him to get an update.