Editorial

Notes From the Combat Underground: The Biggest Fight in History

August 21, 2017 Mike Hill

In his new column, Notes From the Combat Underground, Tombs’ Mike Hill analyzes the boxing match between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC rising star Conor McGregor.

The Top 10 Metal Songs Never Performed Live

August 8, 2017 Joseph Schafer

We look at some of the best metal songs of all time… that have never been performed live.

What is the future of long-form music journalism?

August 1, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

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 Neill Jameson

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 Neill Jameson

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

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Lightning Round

July 3, 2017 Neill Jameson

Morgoth, Xysma, Destruction and more have their weakest work defended by our own Neill Jameson. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Confronting Mental Illness

May 19, 2017 Neill Jameson

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 Shane Mehling

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

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. 

Foreclosure of a Dream: Abandoning the Cult of the Presidency

January 20, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

Extreme metal has the unique ability to smash our romantic illusions about life and the world. It’s time to apply that same cold stoicism to executive power, no matter who’s President.

When is a Band No Longer the Same Band?

December 28, 2016 Shane Mehling

If you know anything about Napalm Death you probably know this bit of trivia: the band contains no original members. While they are known for the revolutionary Scum album, not even their oldest current member played on it. So when it comes to people leaving, dying or being fired, when is a band no longer the same band?  

Why do Metal Videos Suck?

December 14, 2016 Shane Mehling

Throughout the decades of arguing over metal, there is one undeniable constant: metal videos are usually pretty dumb bullshit. 

Deck the Hails: Neill Jameson’s Christmas Playlist

December 1, 2016 Neill Jameson

Neill Jameson sounds off on the holiday season and gives you a playlist to impress your internet friends with. 

Music Criticism Has Not Died. But It Must Transform

November 18, 2016 Joseph Schafer

Music criticism, and the reviewing of musical pieces in general, is not obsolete. You’d be forgiven for thinking so, though. 

And Now a Considered Response to Some Considered Comments

November 8, 2016 Neill Jameson

Never one to fart in a crowded elevator and leave, Neill Jameson returns to address some responses to his recent op-ed on crowdfunding in metal. 

We Owe Each Other Nothing: Just Break Up

November 3, 2016 Neill Jameson

A metal band has launched a crowdfunding campaign, so fans can donate them a “living wage” in order to continue as band. Our Neill Jameson wonders how the fuck we got to this point. 

Halloween Wishes from Neill Jameson

October 31, 2016 Neill Jameson

“No one even eggs houses anymore because they only want to buy cage free organic eggs and that shit’s expensive.” 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on his favorite record stores in the United States

August 15, 2016 Neill Jameson

Krieg‘s Neill Jameson on the best record stores in Philadelphia, Richmond, Providence and Chicago.

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Fan Entitlement and What Bands Really Owe You

August 8, 2016 Neill Jameson

You bought the record. You wear the shirt. But does that mean you deserve an explanation from Nails about why they are on hiatus. Neill Jameson doesn’t think so. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Nails’ Todd Jones and Actual Scene Bullying

June 28, 2016 Jesse Chase

Our Neill Jameson thinks Metalsucks totally missed the point of Nails. Or maybe they’re just baiting you for clicks. 

Guest Commentary: Social Justice Warriors Aren’t a Problem in Metal. But Assholes Are.

June 24, 2016 Decibel Magazine

Publicist UK vocalist Zachary Lipez provides a rebuttal to Jeffrey S Podoshen’s recent guest editorial on “Social Justice Warriors” the metal scene.

Guest Commentary: Does the Underground Metal Scene REALLY Have a Social Justice Warrior Problem?

June 20, 2016 Decibel Magazine

Decibel has been labeled Social Justice Warriors from the right. And attacked by actual SJWs from the left. Should everyone maybe just shut up for a second? 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Antifa and the Danger of Self Righteousness

June 16, 2016 Neill Jameson

An anti-fascist protester tear-gassed a Taake show to the benefit of absolutely no one. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on the Pentagram Harassment Allegations & Separating Musicians by Gender

June 8, 2016 Neill Jameson

Pentagram‘s Bobby Libeling allegedly recently practiced poor judgement. But his management’s defense of his actions is even worse.

Krieg’s Neill Jameson On the Trappings of Ego

May 17, 2016 Jesse Chase

Agalloch are no more. Sort of. Neill Jameson thinks someone’s dick might have gotten in the way of things. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on The Music Industry’s Morbid Erection

April 22, 2016 Jesse Chase

You might wanna double-check the price on that Purple Rain deluxe reissue.  

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Why Record Store Day has Spoiled and Should be Thrown Away

April 19, 2016 Neill Jameson

Hope you’re enjoying that limited edition Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar cassette you picked up Saturday. 

Ah, The Memories: Top 5 Deciblog Posts of 2015

December 31, 2015 Daniel Lake

I’m no more or less happy to drink my way across tonight’s hallowed boundary between old and soon-to-be-old than I have been any other year.  I’m certainly more than willing to present you with five of this year’s best blog posts.

Neill Jameson Says Goodbye to Nunslaughter’s Jim Konya

October 8, 2015 Neill Jameson

This week, the metal community lost one of the oldest and most beloved pieces of its backbone, Jim “Sadist” Konya.