Interviews

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.

Interview: Old-School Dutch Death Metallers Thanatos at 35 Years, with New Compilation, New Label, and New Album in 2020

April 4, 2019

Thanatos celebrate 35 YEARS with a big anniversary show, new label, new album in the works, and the Thanatology: Terror from the Vault 2 CD demo/rarities compilation.

Q&A: Nailed To Obscurity’s Jan-Ole Lamberti And Raimund Ennenga Struggle With Slippage

March 11, 2019

Nailed To Obscurity guitarist Jan-Ole Lamberti and vocalist Raimund Ennenga capsize the inner self on new album, “Black Frost.”

Q&A: Frank White (Photographer) Goes Down Strange Highways In New Dio Photo Memoir

February 18, 2019

Storied heavy metal photographer Frank White spotlights his visual and actual relationship with vaunted singer Ronnie James Dio in new photo-memoir book titled, “Ronnie James Dio – A Life in Vision 1975 – 2009.”

Demo:listen: Lathliss

December 28, 2018

Demo:listen returns with an ensorcelling debut from Delaware black metal duo Lathliss.

Ten Bazillion Years: The Laina Dawes Interview

December 20, 2018

Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation In Heavy Metal speaks about her experience publishing with Bazillion Points.

Q&A: Michael Gira on new Swans, performing solo and creativity

December 19, 2018

Michael Gira discusses Swans, his solo career, the impact of social media and more.

Q&A: Lenny Rutledge Soldiers Sanctuary Onward

December 17, 2018

Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge pledges to continue band after death of singer Warrel Dane.

Q&A: Ville Viljanen & Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est) On Death Metal And Life-Threatening Burgers

December 10, 2018

Ville Viljanen and Andy Gillion of Finnish melodic death metallers Mors Principium Est crush riffs and burgers in this latest interview.

Ten Bazillion Years: The Tony Rettman Interview

October 17, 2018

As part of an ongoing celebration the tenth anniversary of heavy metal-centric book publisher Bazillion Points, we speak to hardcore archivist and author Tony Rettman.

Ten Bazillion Years: The Brian Lew Interview

October 12, 2018

Bazillion Points, the heavy metal publishing house founded by Sound of Beast author Ian Christe, turns 10 this year. To celebrate, Decibel has corralled 10 authors from the BP stable to discuss their own works and what it’s like to part of the world’s heaviest publisher.  Brian Lew, Murder In The Front Row: Shots From The…

Ten Bazillion Years: The Annick Giroux Interview

October 2, 2018

Hellbent for Cooking author, Annick “Morbid Chef” Giroux reflects on decade of Bazillion Points and the bazillion things on her incredibly full plate.

Q&A: Thorlakur Thor (Kontinuum) Deals With Fear & Death

September 24, 2018

Kontinuum’s Thorlakur Thor reveals the inner workings and outer projections of new album, “No Need to Reason.”

Vihamieli: Of Omens and Requiems

September 14, 2018

For black metal fans who like their music epic but not cheesy, dark yet still melodic, Vihamieli is definitely a band to watch.

Q&A: Lizzy Borden Talks New Album My Midnight Things

September 10, 2018

Veteran heavy metal act Lizzy Borden talks the new music industry, Metal Blade, and new album, My Midnight Things.

The Black Candle Zine: The Interview

September 7, 2018

According to the editor of “The Black Candle” zine, “Black Metal has to be diabolical – if not in content, then at least in spirit.”

Demo:listen: Fliege

August 31, 2018

This week, Demo:listen investigates the strange experimental black metal of Brooklyn’s Fliege.

Q&A: GosT & Baalberith Possess New Horrors

August 13, 2018

GosT’s Baalberith talks new album “Possessor,” Satanic Panic, and his future as a synthwave artist.

Q&A: Deb DeMure & Mona D (Drab Majesty) Dispelled & Unmasked

August 6, 2018

Drab Majesty duo DeMure & Mona D talk through the inner workings of their image, their music, and next steps.