Interviews

Mortiis on Masks, ‘Game of Thrones’ and the KISS cover that almost was

December 9, 2019

The Norwegian legend discusses the slow disappearance of his infamous mask, his decades-long struggle with depression and the KISS cover that Emperor that nearly pulled off.

Q&A: Øystein G. Brun’s Borknagar Are Truly North From Here

November 25, 2019

Twenty-five years and 11 albums later, Norwegian progressive metallers Borknagar have found their true north on new album, True North. Founder Øystein G. Brun leads the way.

Despised Icon: Q&A With Guitarist Eric Jarrin

November 15, 2019

More than any other band, Despised Icon stands above the remnants of deathcore. Check out our Q&A with guitarist Eric Jarrin to see where they stand now.

Through Satan in Blood and Fire: An Interview With Drastus

November 14, 2019

DrastusLa Croix De Sang narrowly missed our albums of the year list, but that doesn’t mean this French black metal project haven’t released one of 2019’s must-hear albums.

Q&A: Neige (Alcest) Flies On Spiritual Wings

October 14, 2019

Alcest’s Neige opens up to Decibel about the group’s latest album, Spiritual Intent, and the drivers behind its music and message.

The Five Dark Descent Releases that Mean the Most to Owner Matt Calvert

October 10, 2019

To celebrate Dark Descent Records’ 10th anniversary, we caught up with owner Matt Calvert to find out what five DD releases mean the most to him.

Q&A: Tom Gabriel Fischer on Triumph Of Death and Martin Ain’s Legacy

September 25, 2019

Tom Fischer eventually rediscovered how much he loved the music of Hellhammer and became fixated on finding a way to play it again respectfully. He speaks to Decibel about how it happened and what’s next. 

Everybody Should Know: An Interview with The Young Gods

September 12, 2019

In which we conduct a length interview with Switzerland’s legendary avant-garde, industrial rock band The Young Gods

The Offering’s Alexander Richichi & Nishad George Invite You Into Their Home

August 19, 2019

Boston-based extreme metallers The Offering offer up vocalist Alexander Richichi and guitarist Nishad George for interview.

THE NOISY FRENCH: Inside the French Noise Rock Scene

August 8, 2019

We resurrect a previously unreleased Decibel trend piece from 2015 on the French Noise Rock scene.

Ex-Turbonegro Vocalist Hank von Hell Reveals Insane Tour Rider for U.S. Dates

July 31, 2019

Catch Hank von Hell is U.S. starting in August, but don’t expect to bake a motherfuckin’ in his green room. The ingredients aren’t on his rider.

Q&A: Aaron Charles of Falls of Rauros Vows to Conquer the Ocean

July 22, 2019

Aaron Charles of Falls of Rauros is interviewed by Decibel Magazine for new album, Patterns in Mythology, out now on Gilead Media.

Full Album Stream + Interview: Kommodus – “An Imperial Sun Rises”

July 17, 2019

This is the fourth interview we featured with black metallers Kommodus since their Demo:listen debut in 2017.

Q&A: Karl Willetts Closes Third Memoriam Chapter

July 8, 2019

UK old-school death metallers Memoriam release their third album, Requiem for Mankind. Decibel tracks down vocalist Karl Willetts to see what life is like on the frontlines.

Track Premiere and Interview: Japanese Thrash Metallers Gyze Seek to Export “Asian Chaos”

July 3, 2019

Japanese melodic death thrashers Gyze think you’re ready for their brand of “Asian Chaos.” Check out this exclusive premiere to find out.

Q&A: Bob Bagchus & Vincent Crowley Shotgun Reality From Infidel Reich

July 1, 2019

An interview with Infidel Reich‘s Bob Bagchus and Vincent Crowley about their “controversial” new album, Reichenstein. Out September 2019 on Helter Skelter Productions.

Fallow Heart: Heavy Meta Part 3 (The Decibel Writer Roundtable)

June 21, 2019

In the latest installment of his Heavy Meta series, Forrest Pitts discusses the mechanics of the heavy metal record review with Decibel contributors Joseph Schafer, Daniel Lake and Adem Tepedelen.

Necronautical: Navigating the Region Between the Cosmos and the Self

June 21, 2019

“It’s important to us to be able to create a situation where we can step out of ourselves and immerse ourselves in the feeling of our music.”

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Stephen Brodsky of Cave In

June 6, 2019

To celebrate the release of Cave In‘s new album, Final Transmission, we caught up with vocalist/guitarist Stephen Brodsky to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Q&A: Swallow The Sun’s Juha Raivio Is Blinded By The Light

June 3, 2019

Finnish doom-death metallers Swallow The Sun stare death in the face on new album, “When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light.” A Q&A with Juha Raivio.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Dave Bland of Full of Hell

May 16, 2019

To celebrate the release of Full of Hell’s new album, Weeping Choir, we caught up with drummer Dave Bland to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Interview: Lo-Pan: “People Overlook Ohio for Art and Music at their Own Peril.”

May 15, 2019

Ohio rock quartet on their new LP, their new label and “finding a way out of the bullshit.”

Q&A: Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) Talks Twin Leads & XLIX

May 13, 2019

Wishbone Ash guitarist and founding member Andy Powell regales Decibel about the past, the present, and the future.

In Search of Peace of Mind: Michael Schenker Shreds Full Circle

May 13, 2019

Scorpions, UFO, MSG guitar hero Michael Schenker on Playing the Whiskey at 18, early Eddie Van Halen gigs, and recent passing of bandmate Ted McKenna

Metal Muthas: Chase Mason (Gatecreeper & Spirit Adrift)

May 10, 2019

Crushing death metal, soul-searching doom…. and words of encouragement from mom.

Full Album Stream and Interview: The Mound Builders

April 24, 2019

Indiana sludge rockers The Mound Builders celebrate ten loud years with their eponymous LP.