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Demo:listen: Best of 2017

December 29, 2017

On this week’s Demo:listen we invite some of our friends to share their favorite demos of 2017, while we count down some demo highlights of the year that—for whatever reason—we never got a chance to feature.

Top 5 Records of 2017 That Tied For #41

December 19, 2017

The biggest problem with our Top 40 Albums of 2017 is that it’s hard to fit 45 albums onto that list. Let’s expand our horizons with Black Anvil, Vallenfyre, Forgotten Tomb, Grave Pleasures and Suffering Hour.

To Mordor and Back: 5 Great Summoning Songs

December 15, 2017

In anticipation of their latest album, “With Doom We Come,” in 2018, here are 5 great songs to get into Summoning, the masters of Tolkien black metal.

Rank and Defile: Shane Embury Orders Napalm Death’s Albums from Worst to Best

December 13, 2017

Taken from the pages of our limited edition Napalm Death Special Issue, Napalm’s legendary bassist orders the extreme metal institution’s LP discography.

Top Ten Black-Thrash Albums by Steve Jansson (Daeva)

December 6, 2017

Steve Jansson (Crypt Sermon, Trenchrot, Daeva) discusses his top 10 black-thrash albums with Decibel.

The Deep, Dark Heavy Metal Roots of Occult Horror Comic New Canaan

December 6, 2017

Welcome to New Canaan, where the panics are all satanic and the metals ultra heavy.

Somewhere in Time: 5 Debuts That Turned 30 in 2017

November 27, 2017

1987 was a massive year for extreme music, with debut albums from Death, Napalm Death, Guns N’ Roses and more. We revisit them.

35 Overlooked Albums of 2017

November 27, 2017

35 records you may have missed, but should consider listening to.

SPOILER: Here Are Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of 2017

November 20, 2017

SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! Don’t click here if you don’t want to see Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of 2017. Definitely click here if you love typing “NO [INSERT ALBUM HERE]? THIS LIST IS INVALID!”

10 Great Songs About Eating

November 17, 2017

Every holiday season has its own hallmarks, the things that you identify with the time to make it complete and recognizable. Valentine’s Day has its ill-advised first dates, Saint Patrick’s day has its ill-advised consumption of Irish Carbombs, Christmas has its ill-advised decision to ever voluntarily listen to Christmas music. Others, like Halloween, are just…

November 2017 Decibel Meter: Red Before Black (Friday)

November 14, 2017

Last April we announced our partnership with f.y.e. for the Decibel Meter, a monthly collection featured both online and in store to make sure you don’t miss any of the essential titles from each month. And while we know you’re preparing to spend all that money in the “savings” account on five-dollar flatscreens and pennies-on-the-dollar…

Five Hardcore Releases From 2017 You Shouldn’t Miss

November 2, 2017

With so many killer metal releases this year, you may have overlooked these 5 hardcore records that deserve a spot in your regular rotation.

Spooky Synths: A Neill Jameson Halloween Playlist

October 31, 2017

Krieg’s Neill Jameson curates a special, dungeon synth-focused holiday playlist for the 2017 Halloween/winter season.

Top 10 Drummer Vocalists in Metal

October 30, 2017

Who are the best drummer/vocalists in metal? Decibel ranks some of the most impressive.

Dirk Verbeuren’s Top 5 Hardest Megadeth Songs To Play

September 25, 2017

Drummer Dirk Verbeuren details the five most complicated Megadeth songs to play past and present.

Dark Ambient: For When You Need to Concentrate…or Meditate on the Nothingness of Existence

September 22, 2017

While we may not want to admit it to each other when engaged in the fruitless exercise of maintaining our street cred, we metalheads sometimes need to listen to something other than metal. At the same time, however, we may want to maintain a similar mood or feel to our usual death, black and doom…

Top 5 Undiscovered Death Metal EPs

September 4, 2017

Get ready for a dive into the darkest depths of death metal’s extended play past with Decibel. We’ll provide the oxygen, you provide the courage.

Ten Songs Inspired by Stephen King

September 4, 2017

This coming Friday, a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic and massive horror novel ‘IT’ will be released in American cinemas. Will it be good? King does not have the best history with cinema. The beloved miniseries based upon the novel, starring Tim Curry as the shapeshifting clown monster Pennywise, does not hold up,…

Rank and Defile: Greg Mackintosh Orders Paradise Lost’s Records

September 1, 2017

To celebrate the release of the doom legends’ 15th album, Medusa, Paradise Lost’s founder ranks their first 14 LPs.

Five Times Shorter Was Better

August 31, 2017

Quantity isn’t quality. Here are five examples of how extreme metal is at its most potent when it doesn’t waste time.

Cannabis Corpse Premiere New Song, Pick 10 Favorite Albums to Smoke To

August 31, 2017

Embark on “The 420th Crusade” with Cannabis Corpse before reading bassist/vocalist LandPhil’s ten favorite albums to smoke pot to.

The Top Five Sick Sets the Dudes From Plaque Marks Have Seen Working at Philly Venue Kung Fu Necktie

August 30, 2017

Future noise rock royalty Plaque Marks discuss soaking up the dissonance at Philly heavy music oasis Kung Fu Necktie.

10 Essential Trap Them Songs

August 28, 2017

In the wake of the announcement of Trap Them‘s final shows, we consider ten essential tracks from the metallic hardcore outfit.

Top 5 Underrated Thrash Guitarists

August 28, 2017

Certainly, lists polarize, but if anything’s accomplished from this piece it’s awareness of 5 top-level string-burners and their music. Time to thrash ’em all!

September 2017 Decibel Meter: Wolves in the Record Collection

August 24, 2017

Wolves in the Throne Room is a band rooted in extremity yet bring something fresh to the genre; this month’s Decibel Meter follows suite.