Editorial

Darker Than Darker Than Black: U.S. Black Metal Artist Galdr Rages Against Fascism

August 13, 2020

Draugr, the multi-instrumentalist of the U.S. black metal bands Galdr, Ancalagon and Obscurum, pens an op-ed on his anti-racist political awakening in underground black metal.

Andrew Lee of Ripped to Shreds on Ending Racist Stereotypes Against Asians in Metal

June 29, 2020

Ripped to Shreds frontman Andrew Lee addresses the work that needs to be done in fighting dangerous stereotypes against Asians and Asian-Americans in underground metal.

An Asshole’s Guide to Surviving the Musical Apocalypse

March 16, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the global economy by the hour. There are few certainties, but Krieg’s Neill Jameson offers some ways to help your favorite artists in the metal scene.

Bullshit on Parade: Why Are You Really Angry About Rage Against the Machine Ticket Prices?

February 19, 2020

Krieg’s Neill Jameson gathers some facts on the recent public backlash against Rage Against the Machine‘s high-priced concert tickets

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

Fallow Heart: Transmissions From a World of Paine

September 13, 2019

“Progress is born of doubt and inquiry. The Church never doubts, never inquires. To doubt is heresy, to inquire is to admit that you do not know—the Church does neither.” —Robert G. Ingersoll

Five Things Every Band Booking Their Own Tour Should Know, by Ben Ward of Orange Goblin

August 14, 2019

On the eve of his own U.S. tour, Orange Goblin frontman Ben Ward provides five pro tips that every band who is booking their own tour should practice.

Game of Moans: Neill Jameson Defends the Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’

May 22, 2019

Decibel columnist and Krieg vocalist Neill Jameson encourages you to maybe enjoy something good, like the end of Game of Thrones, for once in your life.

Fallow Heart: The Mechanics and Ethics of Album Reviews

May 17, 2019

Sizing up a review’s target relates far more to spirit than to ethics.

Fallow Heart: Conquer Divide

May 3, 2019

Forrest Pitts offers a little friendly and philosophical advice for a struggling metalcore band,

Fallow Heart: Inner Self (Part II)

April 19, 2019

Decibel contributor Forrest Pitts continues to ruminate on the inner self.

Fallow Heart: I Think, Therefore I Ectovoid

April 5, 2019

Taking a deeper look at the process of writing a review.

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: Opeth and a Meditation on Hero Worship

March 8, 2019

Decibel contributor Forrest Pitts reflects on Opeth‘s farsightedness and ability to manipulate our collective imagination.

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.