Editorial

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.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Jeff Irwin of Will Haven

March 22, 2018

To celebrate the release of Will Haven‘s new album, Muerte, we wrangled up guitarist Jeff Irwin to talk about the five heavy albums that changed his 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.

Iranian metal band Confess give update on whereabouts, safety

March 15, 2018

Confess vocalist/guitarist Nikan (Siyanor) Khosravi is in hiding in Turkey after the band was charged and put on death row in Iran; we caught up with him to get an update.

Primitive Origins: Dirty Tricks’ “Dirty Tricks”

March 8, 2018

In 1975, Dirty Tricks put out a proto-metal album that had a couple dips into proto-doom; today, we re-examine that record to see how it’s held up.

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.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Kreator’s “Renewal”

March 1, 2018

Kreator‘s 1992 album Renewal is nowhere near as shitty, or as industrial, as you think. Let’s re-evaluate.

Piece by Piece: Examining the Practice of Merch Cuts

February 28, 2018

Sketchy business practice or a necessary evil? Decibel examines the practice of merch cuts in extreme metal.

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.

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.