Interviews

Q&A: Swiss Avant-Black Cultists Sadness Talk Old Ghosts

July 23, 2018

Defunct gothic black metallers Sadness emerge from the shadows for the “Ames de Marbre” reissue.

Gearing Up For Psycho Las Vegas Fest

July 5, 2018

Decibel checks in with Enslaved, Wolvhammer, Spirit Adrift and more about Psycho Las Vegas.

Q&A: Franck Hueso (Carpenter Brut) Slashes Synthwave Convention

June 25, 2018

Carpenter Brut’s Franck Hueso slashes synthwave on new album, “Leather Teeth.”

Demo:listen: Nomad

June 22, 2018

This week, Demo:listen follows Illinois’ Nomad deep into black metal isolation.

Interview: Nasum Celebrate 20th Anniversary of “Inhale/Exhale”

June 19, 2018

Nasum drummer Anders Jakobson discusses the grindcore legends’ debut full-length, Inhale/Exhale.

Interview: Manuel Gagneax (Zeal and Ardor)

June 13, 2018

The groundbreaking singer and guitarist of Zeal and Ardor talks Billie Holiday, religion, politics, and the thinking behind his new album, ‘Stranger Fruit’

The Power & the Glory: Madball Drummer Mike Justian Continues to Blaze a Brutal & Revolutionary Trail Through Extreme Music

June 13, 2018

On the eve of the release of Madball‘s ninth full-length For the Cause, the band’s extreme metal virtuoso drummer Mike Justian submits to a lengthy Decibel inquisition.

Q&A: Tomi Koivusaari (Amorphis) Sweats The Small Stuff

June 4, 2018

Amorphis’ Tomi Koivusaari talks the importance of bees, riffs, and the return of Olli-Pekka Laine.

Interview: Uada Discuss New Album, “Cult of a Dying Sun”

May 23, 2018

Rising USBM force Uada discuss their new album, Cult of a Dying Sun and the band’s growth since their 2016 debut.

Full Album Stream: Witchsorrow – Hexenhammer

May 23, 2018

British doom coven Witchsorrow foreshadow the world’s end on their riveting new LP Hexenhammer.

Cutting Room: Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe & Sonic Wolves’ Kayt Vigil Talk Burn the Priest’s “Extremely Validating” First 7-inch

May 16, 2018

Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe takes us on a walk down his own unique version of Memory Lane to talk his first seven-inch with Burn the Priest. Kayt Vigil of Sonic Wolves chimes in, too.

Q&A: Guillermo Izquierdo & Angelus Apatrida Destroy The World (Except America)

May 14, 2018

Spain-based thrashers Angelus Apatrida are gruesome on new album, “Cabaret de la Guillotine.”

Legions ov Darkness: The Cumbrian Black Metal Scene

May 11, 2018

A profile of a group of musical entities from northwestern England, specializing in pure, raw black metal, all under the name Legions ov Darkness.

Full Album Stream: From Beyond – ‘The Band From Beyond’

May 9, 2018

Austin rockers From Beyond blast synths and heavy space riffs on their otherwordly LP The Band From Beyond.

Q&A: Sven Dirkschneider (Dirkschneider), A Slave To Metal

May 7, 2018

Dirkschneider drummer Sven Dirkschneider responds to Decibel’s inquiries about touring, his dad Udo, and what’s next.

Re-visiting Mouth of the Architect’s The Ties That Blind

May 3, 2018

June 15th sees the vinyl re-issue of Mouth of the Architect’s The Ties that Blind. Today, we pay our respects in comprehensive, Decibel style with drummer Dave Mann and former guitarist/vocalist Gregory Lahm.

Wendy Dio on the Ride for Ronnie and Her Legendary Late Husband’s Life, Love & Enduring Legacy

May 2, 2018

Eight years after his untimely death, Wendy Dio continues to honor her late, legendary husband’s legacy—carrying his good works and groundbreaking music into the future.

Laugh Tracks: Chris Fairbanks’ Paul Ryan

May 2, 2018

“Paul Ryan” (Chris Fairbanks) weighs in on metal songs he’s never heard and will never listen to again.

Q&A: Nightmarer Guitarist Simon Hawemann Digs Dissonance

April 30, 2018

Nightmarer’s Simon Hawemann speaks to Decibel about new album, Cacophony of Terror.

Interview: Body Void on Writing New Album, “I Live Inside a Burning House”

April 23, 2018

Bay Area sludge/doom/drone trio Body Void talk influences, growing from their debut release and living with mental illness.

Demo:listen: Obscure Transmissions

April 20, 2018

On this week’s Demo:listen, we venture far beyond our purview to observe and document the arrival of New Jersey’s Obscure Transmissions.

Demo:listen: Sadomagickal Seducer

April 13, 2018

This week Demo:listen returns with Montreal’s depraved and dangerous Sadomagickal Seducer.

Hellrad Vs. The Hack: Debating Reviews, Coverage and Metal Journalism

April 12, 2018

After their appearance in a recent Throw Me a Frickin’ Bone column, Philly’s Hellrad sent a none-too-pleased-with-you email to Decibel HQ. This opened a broader discussion about the different frustrations experienced by journalists and indie bands.