Editorial

Top 5 Things That Will Kill You in Australia By Andy Gillion (solo, Mors Principium Est)

October 21, 2019

Prodigious Mors Principium Est guitarist and songwriter Andy Gillion visits his own Neverafter-land on self-financed debut, Neverafter, feat. Jeff Loomis.

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.

10 Bands That Great Falls Want to See On Their West Coast Tour

April 2, 2019

Great Falls count down the sets they’re most excited to see on their US tour.

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.

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.