Interviews

Keeping It Old School: An Interview with Gods Forsaken

August 21, 2017 Vince Bellino

Gods Forsaken are a death metal supergroup of sorts, with members coming from Henry Kane, ex-Amon Amarth, Just Before Dawn and a large number of other bands. They recently made their debut with In A Pitch Black Grave on Soulseller Records, so Decibel talked to guitarist Anders Biazzi about the new album and the future for this new death metal force….

Demo:listen: Cryptorchidism

August 18, 2017 Dutch Pearce

On this week’s Demo:listen we hear some shit we’ll never un-hear from Atlanta’s Cryptorchidism.

Q&A: Epica’s Isaac Delahaye

August 16, 2017 Vince Bellino

Read an exclusive interview with Epica guitarist Isaac Delahaye on the band’s upcoming US tour and his extreme metal background.

Julie Christmas and Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson Talk Upcoming “Mariner” Tour

August 16, 2017 Shawn Macomber

Swedish perception-expanding post-metallers Cult of Luna and singular, legendary Made Out of Babies/Battle of Mice vocalist Julie Christmas bring their extraordinary 2016 collaborative effort Mariner to North America for “the first and last time.”

Full Album Stream and Interview: The Convent Horror of Attic’s “Sanctimonious” Concept Album

August 16, 2017 Sean Frasier

German metal force Attic rock the convent with mystery and murder in their mercyful Sanctimonious concept record.

Extreme Reading: An Interview with Author Dean Swinford

August 14, 2017 James Basile

Read an interview with extremely extreme author Dean Swinford on his new book, Death Metal Epic: Book II: Goat Song Sacrifice now!

Black Moon Rising, A Q&A With Jonathan Hultén

August 14, 2017 Chris Dick

Decibel caught up with Tribulation guitarist Jonathan Hultén about his first solo singer-songwriter record, due out this month.

Cormorant’s Matt Solis: “We’re Always Looking to Explore New Sonic Territory”

August 11, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

Being a progressive band worth listening to brings two challenges. First, the band must be willing to explore and weave different styles together in a compelling way. Second and perhaps most importantly, the sound should still be tethered to some recognizable form that audiences can use to relate to the music. The music can’t just…

Demo:listen: Yahar’gul

August 11, 2017 Dutch Pearce

On this week’s Demo:listen we find ourselves lost in the labyrinthine nightmare of Pittsburgh’s Yahar’gul.

Conflict is Inevitable: An Interview with Moral Void

August 10, 2017 Neill Jameson

Unhinged blackened hardcore trio Moral Void have an explosive debut record with Deprive. Delve further into the madness.

Interview with Mark Rudolph, illustrator, cartoonist, metalhead

August 9, 2017 Dutch Pearce

Get to know the man behind some of your favorite Decibel illustrations, and gain some insight into the creation of his latest book, Metal Gods: A Tribute to Judas Priest.

The Colossus of Destiny: A Conversation With the Melvins Movie Director

August 9, 2017 Vince Bellino

Musical rulebreakers Melvins are starring in a new documentary, The Colossus of Destiny . Read an exclusive interview with the film’s director!

Interview with Cavernlight

August 8, 2017 Daniel Lake

Cavernlight play emotionally important music.  If you plan to doom today, doom to this.

Gimme Radio’s Electrifying Reboot of the Heavy Metal Airways is a Game-Changer

August 7, 2017 Shawn Macomber

“I quit my job at Apple to start a metal station that sells vinyl records,” Gimme Radio founder and CEO Tyler Lenane tells Decibel. “To a lot of people that probably sounds fucking insane. But I believe in it — and I’m hoping to turn a lot of other heavy music lovers into believers, too.”…

Hammered Horror, Vampire’s Hand of Doom & Black String Tell All

August 7, 2017 Chris Dick

From musical influences like Mercyful Fate, Slayer, and Possessed to filmic influences like Hammer Horror, Sweden’s Vampire are taking death metal into the abyss. Formed in 2011 in Gothenburg, the Swedes — helmed by drummer (now vocalist) Hand of Doom and guitarist Black String — quickly impressed, with the group’s 2012 self-titled demo garnering heavy…

Demo:listen: Vanvid

August 4, 2017 Dutch Pearce

On this week’s Demo:listen we are possessed by the spirit of Iceland’s Vanvid.

Still Screaming After Thirty-Six Years: An Interview with Raw Power

August 3, 2017 Kevin Stewart-Panko

A couple months ago, with an almost devil-may-care, casual shoulder shrug, one of my all-time favourite bands in the history of forever, Italian hardcore legends Raw Power, quietly released their new album. We caught up with vocalist Mauro Codeluppi to discuss growing old, not giving a shit and the time they played with G’N’R.

Dream Bloody Gore: Chuck Sherwood of Incantation

August 2, 2017 Sean Frasier

What happens when you ask extreme metal luminaries to crack open their dream journals and share their most memorable nightmares, dreams, hallucinations, and astral projections? Dream Bloody Gore. This month, Chuck Sherwood of death metal titans Incantation invites Decibel to crawl into his unconscious mind. In the immortal words of Chuck Schuldiner, “See past the…

Detailed Devils, A Q&A With Firespawn’s Alex Impaler & Victor Brandt

July 31, 2017 Chris Dick

When Swedish supergroup–members also call Entombed A.D., Unleashed, Necrophobic, Usurpress home–Fireborn phoenixed into Firespawn in 2015, few expected such proficient, punishing death metal. The band’s debut, “Shadow Realms”, took the tenets of classic sounds, Stockholm and Tampa Bay, and twisted them into a nastier, more incendiary style. Thus, Firespawn was born! Two years after “Shadow…

Interview with Champ Morgan (BLK OPS, ex-Kill the Client)

July 28, 2017 Dutch Pearce

We chat with ex-Kill The Client/current BLK OPS vocalist/aural assassin, Champ Morgan, about neck surgery, the fall of civilization as we know it, the future of grindcore, and everything in-between.

Interview: Brian Slagel of Metal Blade on His New Book

July 21, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

“I learned a long time ago to embrace change and really work with it. So we have been lucky enough to weather all the storms in the business by being adaptable I think. Also sticking to our guns on the type of music we do.

Interview: Tau Cross’ Rob Miller on New Record and Being a ‘Supergroup’

July 20, 2017 Neill Jameson

Tau Cross‘ Rob “The Baron” Miller is interviewed by Neill Jameson on new album, being a ‘supergroup’ and recommended reading. 

Dark Tranquility Appear On Anchors To Asphalt, Discuss Touring, Racism and Music Industry

July 20, 2017 Vince Bellino

Dark Tranquility were recently interviewed about touring and the business of extreme metal on Anchors to Asphalt, presented by Decibel. 

Streaming: High Priest Kill Your Buzz with “Grail Sludge”

July 19, 2017 Sean Frasier

Virginian pit-stirrers High Priest blast out hardcore/grind extinction sermons on their ferocious Grail Sludge EP.

Interview: Thy Art Is Murder’s CJ McMahon On New Album, Deathcore, Touring With Decapitated

July 18, 2017 Vince Bellino

Decibel caught up with Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon to discuss the band’s new album, upcoming tour with Decapitated and why he feels the deathcore label doesn’t fit Thy Art. 

Integrity’s Dwid Hellion On New Album, ‘Howling…’

July 12, 2017 Neill Jameson

Integrity‘s Dwid Hellion on his creative process, new album Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume and the blues. 

Longhouse Sign to Deathbound Records, Stream Full Album “Vanishing”

July 11, 2017 Daniel Lake

We recently got turned on to Ontario blackened sludge fiends Longhouse, who also just became a part of the Deathbound family.  We also asked the band a few questions, which they graciously answered for your reading pleasure.

Tom Gabriel Fischer Discusses Problems with Celtic Frost’s New Reissues

July 10, 2017 Albert Mudrian

Extreme music icon discusses his struggles with BMG’s Celtic Frost reissues, the possibility of a new Triptykon LP next year and two new books currently in the works. 

Possessed Since Dawn: An Interview with Immolation’s Ross Dolan

July 5, 2017 Sean Frasier

Immolation vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan discusses the past, present, and future of death metal in an extended interview from the August 2017 genre-exploring cover story.