Editorial

Fallow Heart: Everyone’s a Critic

March 22, 2019

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna… write about extreme metal?

Eulogy: The Trocadero – A Philadelphia Music Institution Closes

March 18, 2019

Eulogy time: The Trocadero, a Philadelphia music institution, to close permanently.

Fallow Heart: Hardcore (Sur)Realities

March 1, 2019

Decibel contributor Forrest Pitts considers the lessons he learned from hardcore.

Fallow Heart: Approaching Metal From an ‘Armchair-Buddhist’ Perspective

February 22, 2019

In his new column, Decibel contributor Forrest Pitts presents a capsized field guide for anyone taking life one step at time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A History of When Black Metal was “Over,” Part II

March 5, 2018

Krieg’s Neill Jameson recounts another round of instances in which black metal was falsely pronounced dead.

Retirepower: The End of Judas Priest’s Dual Guitar Assault

March 1, 2018

Judas Priest will hit the road without guitarist Glenn Tipton, but the band remains great in his absence.

A History of the Times Black Metal was “Over,” Part I

February 26, 2018

Krieg’s Neill Jameson recounts various times throughout history when black metal was falsely pronounced dead.

Opinion: Cancelling Taake Shows Isn’t Helping Anyone

February 19, 2018

Hot Taake coming through from Krieg’s Neill Jameison.

All in Your Head, Or Why Metal Musicians Shouldn’t Overreact to Negative Reviews

January 2, 2018

Every artist eventually faces a bad review of their work. But a very public reaction to that review invites even more negative criticism.

Knowing Your Limits: Consistency vs. Experimentation

December 22, 2017

Watain’s upcoming album, “Trident Wolf Eclipse,” is a fantastic explosion of straightforward blackened death metal. This return to form is a good chance to think about why some bands do better experimenting, whereas others should stick to what they’re good at.

Net Neutrality is in Danger – Here’s How it Could Affect Underground Music

November 28, 2017

An open internet is at stake with a new FCC vote. It could cripple the independent music industry. Find out what it means and what you can do.

Prurient’s New Album is Too Long

November 6, 2017

Prurient will release Rainbow Mirror, a 3-hour long record. That record is too long.

Why You Should Give the New Trivium Album a Chance

October 20, 2017

If the glorious new track, “Betrayer” is any indication, Trivium’s new album should be a chance for metalheads to revisit Florida’s metal heroes.

The Devaluation of Opinion in Metal

September 21, 2017

Neill Jameson considers the importance of aesthetic and appearance in black metal in response to a controversial piece of album artwork.

The Art of the Deals: On Promoters and Labels

September 18, 2017

Is there an offer that’s too good to be true from a record label in your otherwise empty inbox? Neill Jameson urges you to reconsider.

Matt Harvey on Why You Can’t Censor NSBM or Those Who Distribute It

August 28, 2017

The Exhumed frontman addresses the recent Hells Headbangers controversy with a considered (if perhaps unpopular) response.

What is the future of long-form music journalism?

August 1, 2017

Music journalism’s relationship to economic reality has always been shaky. Here are some ideas of where that relationship might need to go.

Chester Bennington Has Died. Don’t Be Dicks, Underground Metalheads

July 20, 2017

Mocking depression seems to still be fair game, even in today’s ultra-sensitive climate. Stop it. 

Why Do You Really Care About Not-So-Grim Kim?

July 14, 2017

Our Neill Jameson doesn’t care about Kim Kardashian’s Morbid Angel shirt, but he is concerned about the aggressively stupid reactions to it. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Confronting Mental Illness

May 19, 2017

It shouldn’t take a tragedy like Chris Cornell’s suicide to make us focus on depression and metal illness.

So, Your Record Got a Bad Review…

May 3, 2017

You put so much of yourself into the record that of course you’re crushed when someone dismisses it. It’s the most human reaction. If you had a new baby you couldn’t fathom someone typing on Facebook that “Eh, it doesn’t really do anything interesting and that goo goo ga ga junk is derivative of other, much cuter babies.”

Angry About Bandcamp’s ACLU Donation? Then Delete Your Band’s Account

February 2, 2017

Neill Jameson provides a protest idea to any musician wounded by Bandcamp’s plans to donate all of this Friday’s earnings to the ACLU.