Editorial

Five Times the Cry Now, Cry Later compilations totally ruled

February 22, 2018

In the early ’90s, the Cry Now, Cry Later compilations had the cream of the power violence crop; here are five times the compilation series totally ruled.

Opinion: Cancelling Taake Shows Isn’t Helping Anyone

February 19, 2018

Hot Taake coming through from Krieg’s Neill Jameison.

Primitive Origins: Jerusalem’s “Jerusalem”

February 15, 2018

In 1972, Jerusalem released their one and only album. And it was heavy , as we find out in the latest Primitive Origins .

Rank & Defile: Ivar Bjørnson Orders Enslaved’s Albums from Worst to Best

February 15, 2018

In celebration of the start of the seventh incarnation of the Decibel Magazine Tour, Enslaved creative force Ivar Bjørnson ranks the band’s albums from worst to best.

Retrospective: Assück’s “Anticapital” is 15 minutes of grindcore history

February 8, 2018

In 1991, Assück released one of the greatest grind records of all time, Anticapital . Today, we revisit it.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Soundgarden’s “Ultramega OK”

January 18, 2018

We finally got a Soundgarden album in our Hall of Fame in 2017; here’s a look back at that album, ranking the songs from worst to best.

Five Times Abacus Records Got it Right

January 11, 2018

When it came to mid-to-early 2000s metalcore and heavy post-hardcore, Abacus Records were on fire. Here are five times they killed it.

Primitive Origins: Buffalo’s “Volcanic Rock”

January 4, 2018

Revisiting Australian rockers Buffalo ‘s 1973 foray into proto-metal, Volcanic Rock .

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.

Napalm Death: The wilderness years ranked

December 21, 2017

Continuing the fun that our Napalm Death special issue started, here we examine and rank the band’s four “wilderness years” albums from worst to best.

“Napalm Death continue to be a positive force in my life”: Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta on his relationship with Napalm Death

December 7, 2017

Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed appeared in our Napalm Death special issue talking about the grind legends. Read more of our chat with him right here.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Napalm Death’s “The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code”

November 30, 2017

We inducted The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code by Napalm Death into our Hall of Fame in our recent special Napalm Death issue; here, we rank the songs from worst to best.

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.

Somewhere in Time: 5 Debuts That Turned 30 in 2017

November 27, 2017

1987 was a massive year for extreme music, with debut albums from Death, Napalm Death, Guns N’ Roses and more. We revisit them.

Primitive Origins: Josefus’ “Dead Man”

November 23, 2017

Looking back at the 1970 album Dead Man from early heavy southern rockers Josefus .

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nuclear Assault’s “Game Over”

November 16, 2017

Nuclear Assault put out their thrash/crossover classic Game Over in 1986. In 2017, we inducted it into our Hall of Fame; today, we rank each song from worst to best.

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.

Reconsidering Wrathchild America

November 2, 2017

It’s time to reconsider Wrathchild America , a truly unique band who flirted with thrash, trad metal, and more.

Retrospective: Confessor’s “Condemned” still completely unique a quarter-century later

October 26, 2017

Confessor released Condemned 26 years ago and confounded us all at the time. Today, we recognize it’s an unquestionable doom-metal classic.

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.

Primitive Origins: Black Death’s “Black Death”

October 12, 2017

Checking back in with Black Death and their 1984 album, a very early documentation of an African-American metal band.

Reconsidering Warrior Soul

October 5, 2017

Radical politics and radical music: it’s time to reconsider Warrior Soul , a band who are way better than anyone remembers them being.

Five Times Udo Ruled: The Best of the ex-Accept Vocalist

September 28, 2017

Udo Dirkschneider is the man. Here are five times he ruled the hardest.

Dark Ambient: For When You Need to Concentrate…or Meditate on the Nothingness of Existence

September 22, 2017

While we may not want to admit it to each other when engaged in the fruitless exercise of maintaining our street cred, we metalheads sometimes need to listen to something other than metal. At the same time, however, we may want to maintain a similar mood or feel to our usual death, black and doom…

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.

Only Print is Real: How We Entered the Golden Age of Extreme Metal Books

September 13, 2017

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Ian Christe, Dayal Patterson and a host of authors and publisher discuss the rise of authoritative books in extreme metal.