Interviews

Immortal Rights: Inside the Legal Battle Between Dan Seagrave and Earache Records

October 1, 2020

Decibel investigates the ongoing fight over album art between legendary artist Dan Seagrave and extreme metal progenitors Earache Records.

Album Premiere and Interview: Empress – ‘Premonition’

September 30, 2020

Vancouver post-metal project Empress achieves sonic catharsis on their debut LP, Premonition. Listen to the exclusive stream now.

Q&A: Adam Wakeman on the ‘Jazz Sabbath’ project

September 29, 2020

Wakeman discusses the jazz-styled Black Sabbath covers of Jazz Sabbath and how Ozzy surprised him with his Dad’s keyboard from the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath sessions. 

Album Premiere and Interview: Miasmal Sabbath – ‘Ominous Radiance’

September 23, 2020

Death metal cult Miasmal Sabbath ascend from the sewers of Greece to the cosmos beyond on their debut LP, Ominous Radiance.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Shane Embury of Napalm Death

September 17, 2020

To celebrate the release of Napalm Death’s new album, Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism, we caught up with bassist Shane Embury to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Holy Mountain Printing Invades the Comic Book Realm with “Deathblazers”

September 16, 2020

Heavy metal print shop Holy Mountain Printing ventures into the comic book realm with the weird and wild inaugural issue of Deathblazers.

Album Premiere and Interview: Laser Dracul – ‘Hagridden’

September 16, 2020

Swedish doom trio Laser Dracul lure fans of scuzz and fuzz into the haunted forests of their debut LP, Hagridden.

Track Premiere: Daughter Chaos “The Space Born”

September 14, 2020

U.S.-based melodic death metal trio Daughter Chaos unleash armageddon on new single, “The Space Born.” Streaming only at Decibel!

Video Premiere: Chrome Waves Pay Shameful Tribute to a ’90s Classic In “Gazing Into Oblivion”

August 31, 2020

Midwesterners Chrome Waves chose to celebrate their new single, “Gazing Into Oblivion,” with an homage to a true ’90s masterpiece by… Stabbing Westward.

Album Premiere and Interview: Hinayana – ‘Death of the Cosmic’

August 27, 2020

Austin-based melodic death/doom dawnbringers Hinayana seek enlightenment in a brutalist hellscape on their Death of the Cosmic EP.

Demonic Roadies & Killer Riffs: How Punk Rock Horror Comedy “Uncle Peckerhead” Got Its Jams

August 19, 2020

Philadelphia riff-slinger extraordinaire Jeff Riddle and writer/director Matthew John Lawrence talk their extremely extreme rock n’ roll gore-fest Uncle Peckerhead.

Podcast “Y’all Can Stay At My Place” Keeps Tour Life Real

August 7, 2020

The new podcast hosted by members of Rosetta and Constants hears from members of Oxbow, Intronaut and several others about wonderful, horrible, mundane life of a touring musician.

Album Premiere and Interview: Vassafor – ‘To the Death’

August 5, 2020

New Zealand black metal duo Vassafor conjure demons and new plagues on their new uncompromising masterpiece To the Death.

A Funeral Request: Former Cathedral Members Talk ‘New’ Live Albums

July 23, 2020

Catching up with doom metal legends Cathedral to talk about their two “new” live albums recorded a decade ago.

Funeral Doom Legends Skepticism Look Back on ‘Stormcrowfleet’ 25 Years Later

July 21, 2020

Looking back on Decibel Hall of Famer Stormcrowfleet 25 years later with Skepticism organist Eero Pöyry.

Depraved Indifference No More: Earth Crisis’ Scott Crouse on the “Salvation of Innocents” Reissue

July 8, 2020

Earth Crisis guitarist Scott Crouse talks about the reissue of the epic 2014 animal liberation-themed Salvation of Innocents in this pandemic moment.

Album Premiere: Shroud of Vulture – ‘Upon a Throne of Jackals’

July 1, 2020

Indianapolis death/doom dissenters Shroud of Vulture invert tyranny on their crushing debut LP Upon a Throne of Jackals.

The Chains that Bind Us: Napalm Death’s ‘Harmony Corruption’ Turns 30

July 1, 2020

Napalm Death‘s Harmony Corruption turns 30 on July 1. And Shane Embury and Mitch Harris look back on three decades of a death/grind landmark.

Q&A: Jari Lindholm & Alejandro Lotero (Exgenesis) Play With Fire

June 29, 2020

Decibel talks origins and fire with Exgenesis duo Jari Lindholm and Alejandro Lotero. New album, Solve et Coagula, out now!

Album Premiere: Ahab – ‘Live Prey’

June 25, 2020

Return to distant waters with German funeral doom mariners Ahab as they revisit their legendary The Call of the Wretched Sea debut on Live Prey.

Interview: Atavist’s Evocative Doom Returns with ‘III: Absolution’

June 17, 2020

Manchester doom artisans Atavist are back to disrupt a decade of silence with their cathartic ode to loss and resilience, III: Absolution.

Album Premiere and Interview: Obscene – ‘The Inhabitable Dark’

June 10, 2020

Indianapolis death metal quartet Obscene cast doomsday shadows with their nocturnal new LP, The Inhabitable Dark.

Interview: Flashback to 1995 with Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf

June 3, 2020

Flashback to 1995 with Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf as he discusses Dopes to Infinity, stoner rock, nü-metal, and Martian sex.

Q&A: Mat McNerney (Hexvessel) Invites You Into His Inner (Outer) World

May 25, 2020

Hexvessel frontman Mat McNerney drops insightful words on new album Kindred (Svart) and the processes inside/outside that went into its creation.

Song Premiere: MaelstroM “Th13teen Within A Circle” + Q&A With Gary Vosganian

May 13, 2020

Rejuvenated New York-based epic thrash metallers MaelstroM premiere new track, “Th13teen Within A Circle,” at Decibel. We also interview vocalist Gary Vosganian.

Video Premiere: Duskwalker – “Shadowcreeper”

April 22, 2020

Canadian death cult Duskwalker lure listeners into a brutal tale of terror in the Rabidog Films music video for “Shadowcreeper.”

Q&A: Christos Dragamestianos’ On Thorns I Lay Is Reborn Again

April 13, 2020

Greek atmospheric death aficionados On Thorns I Lay return with new album, Threnos. Decibel queries guitarist/songwriter Christos Dragamestianos.

U.S. Visa Process Trendpiece: The Interviews We Didn’t Have Room For

April 8, 2020

Interviews with grinders Wake and grind-pappy Kevin Sharp that didn’t fit in the new issue’s U.S. visa piece.

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Rising Horror Lit Visionary Scott Cole

April 1, 2020

Philadelphia-based author and graphic designer Scott Cole writes brilliant, reality-refracting dark fiction — and has an extremely extreme heavy metal writing playlist to match.