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Thoughts From Two Decades of Road Dogging: Retox Offers “Pre-Tour Diary”

August 25, 2016

Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) is no stranger to the road. Dude has been staring at blacktop and lane dividers in the name of playing dive bars and assorted shit holes around the world for ‘round about 20 years

AND THE RINGWORM AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN HORROR GOES TO…

August 17, 2016

As Cleveland brutalizers/trailblazers Ringworm returns with yet another fiery-as-fuck, slab of bludgeoning occult-infused metallic hardcore entitled Snake Church, it seemed as appropriate a time as any to check in with vocalist and hardcore horror memorabilia collector Human Furnace about his favorite dark films to watch during the offstage lulls on tour. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on his favorite record stores in the United States

August 15, 2016

Krieg‘s Neill Jameson on the best record stores in Philadelphia, Richmond, Providence and Chicago.

Top 5 Norwegian Death Metal Albums Of All Time

August 15, 2016

Far more prevalent now than ever before. Decibel flips through the musty pages of history to highlight the Top 5 Norwegian Death Metal Albums Of All Time.

Decibel Presents the Top 5 Satyricon Songs

August 12, 2016

To celebrate the Decibel Books release of Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol. 1, we ranked Satyricon‘s five best songs. 

Top 5 Old-School Underground Metal Fliers

July 25, 2016

From England to Florida, from Tokyo to Oslo, from Australia to San Francisco, postal workers were the bandwidth by which death metal, black metal, doom metal, and every other underground form of metal communicated. Open a letter and out poured legion! Here’s a tribute to Decibel‘s fave old-school fliers.

Top 10 Music For Nations Releases Of All Time

July 4, 2016

After 21 years of housing some of the finest metal acts known to mankind, British label Music For Nations closed shop in 2004. The label was folded in Sony Entertainment’s Zomba Record Group and mothballed until last year when Sony rekindled the legendary label’s fire.  So, we’re celebrating with an essential Top 10. 

5 Black Metal Albums You Might Have Missed So Far in 2016

June 10, 2016

While the weather outside is warm- everything here is so cold.

Top 5 Maryland Deathfest 2016 Moments

June 6, 2016

Every year, we travel to Baltimore  for Maryland Deathfest, easily the best run festival for underground metal to grace America. Here are five of my memorable moments at MDF 2016. Music-related missives are forthcoming in the August 2016 issue of Decibel.

Friday the 13th: Horror/Slasher Movie Top 5s from Exhumed, Ghoul & Arcana 13

May 13, 2016

Exhumed, Ghoul and Arcana 13 members weigh in with horror and slasher flick favorites in honor of today’s metal “holiday.” 

Horrendous’ Top 5 Other-Worldly Death Metal Albums of All Time

April 14, 2016

In anticipation of Choosing Death Fest, get your weird on with Horrendous.

Dying Fetus’ Top 5 Live Death Metal Bands

April 6, 2016

Not one to mess around, Dying Fetus drummer Trey Williams gets straight to the matter (of splatter?) at hand in this Top 5. 

Taphos Nomos’ Top 5 Eco-Conscious Metal Songs

March 31, 2016

Mountain of Doom provides “verba/vox/chants” for Choosing Death Fest “Prehadean Sublithic Death/Doom” squad Taphos Nomos. With such nomenclature, how could we not ask them for something earthy?

Top 5 Dan Seagrave Covers of 1991

March 23, 2016

Decibel’s all about honoring 1991’s 25th anniversary – just check issue #137’s Metal Maniacs design homage and the “Top 30 Albums of 1991” feature. So when it comes to celebrating our favorite album covers from that landmark year, there’s no better place to start than with Dan Seagrave.

Derkéta’s Top 5 Doomy Death Metal Songs of All Time

March 21, 2016

Frontwoman Sharon Bascovsky dooms you to death in honor of Choosing Death Fest. 

Misery Index’s Top 5 Genre-Bending Extreme Metal Songs

March 16, 2016

Guitarist/vocalist Mark Kloeppel goes “off the charts” with this list in honor of Choosing Death Fest.

DEAD & BURIED TREASURES: HIDDEN TRACKS WORTH UNEARTHING

February 24, 2016

Where were you when you first unlocked an unlisted track after a long period of dubious silence as a record played possum? Or when you noticed an album creeping up to track 69, where Tool’s “Disgustipated” lurked at the edge of Undertow? If you were born after 1995, maybe never.

Ah, The Memories: Top 5 Deciblog Posts of 2015

December 31, 2015

I’m no more or less happy to drink my way across tonight’s hallowed boundary between old and soon-to-be-old than I have been any other year.  I’m certainly more than willing to present you with five of this year’s best blog posts.

Top 5 Worst Metal-Related Christmas Gifts

December 21, 2015

Unfortunately, we haven’t found an inverted cross tree topper. Yet. 

666 Days of Metal with Chip McCabe

December 10, 2015

“Best Of” lists are child’s play compared to Chip McCabe and his absolutely bonkers “666 Days of Metal” project. As a giant middle finger to Top 100 lists everywhere, the Connecticut-based writer chose the 666 greatest albums in metal history and proceeded to write a review of each album every single day for almost two fucking years. We caught up with Chip to talk about the mind-numbing logistics of sticking with such a daunting project.

Top 5 Records of 2015 That Tied for #41

December 8, 2015

Among 2015’s other contenders, five curried nearly enough votes to make it onto our list… but only nearly.  Does that mean we shouldn’t spill some love-ink for them?  Hell no!  Here’s the five records that tied for #41 on our Top 40 Albums of 2015.

Free Children of Earth: Album Stream and Track-By-Track Commentary

November 16, 2015

Washington, D.C.’s Free Children of Earth singer/guitarist/lyricist Jason Yawn has a lot on his mind and we wanted to not only stream his band’s new album, Terminal Stasis this week on the blog, but also give Yawn a forum to deliver a track-by-track explanation and analysis which, despite your opinion and position on the matters at hand, make for some excellent and thoughtful reading.

Decibrity Playlist: Starkweather

May 28, 2015

Back in 2005, I talked to Starkweather guitarist Todd Forkin about his band’s then new album for issue #16.  It was one of my first freelance pieces for the magazine after leaving the friendly confines of 1032 Arch.  At the time, Croatoan was the band’s third LP and first since 1995’s Into the Wire.  While the Philadelphians have dropped another LP and split in the intervening years, April saw the re-release of their first two records via Translation Loss. So 113 issues later, it’s fitting in some way that vocalist Rennie Resmini closes out this little series after the break. To every one who has contributed to or read even one word of these playlists over the last three plus years — thank you.

The Top 5 Riffs That Have Caused Me Almost More Trouble Than They’re Worth

May 20, 2015

Ever since 2006, each year end issue has included, alongside the customary list of the year’s best albums for you to argue about and call us out on, a collection of Top 5’s ranging from the silly to the (somewhat) serious to the even more silly. 

HALL OF FAME COUNTDOWN: BOTCH’S WE ARE THE ROMANS

May 14, 2015

This afternoon, we continue making our own lives that much more difficult with the ongoing practice of ranking the songs that comprise some of the greatest albums of all time

Decibrity Playlist: Gruesome

May 14, 2015

Even though Gruesome “pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death” (according to a press release), the band’s tastes in the genre don’t stop and end there.  That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that the group features members of Exhumed (Deci-fav Matt Harvey), Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa.  So while Savage Land, the quartet’s debut, may sound very Schuldiner-esque, guitarist Dan Gonzalez was kind enough to tell us about some other death metal bands. 

Decibrity Playlist: Sigh

May 7, 2015

It’s been over 20 years since Sigh’s debut album dropped in 1993. Not surprisingly, not only has the extreme music landscape changed since then, but so has the Japanese outfit’s musical output.

Decibrity Playlist: Obsequiae

April 23, 2015

While it was a pretty brutal winter here on the East Coast, we have no doubt that our friends in the North Star State had a much rougher go of it weather-wise.  Or, as Tanner Anderson told us last month (more of which you’ll be able to read more about very soon in print), “I haven’t seen my testicles since November of last year.”  Fortunately none of that stopped the Obsequiae frontman from finishing up his band’s excellent second album, Aria of Vernal Tombs, which is set for release next month.

Decibrity Playlist: Royal Thunder

April 16, 2015

While Royal Thunder‘s sophomore effort may be an early contender for album of the year, it’s way too early to tell if Crooked Doors will forever change lives.  Why the hyperbole?  Well, RT guitarist Josh Weaver was kind enough to tell us about some records that changed himforever.  “I’m sure I’ll be kicking myself thinking of other albums after I submit this,” explains the axeman.  “[But] these bands and albums played a huge role in influencing the music that I write and play today. I am forever thankful for these albums and hope they have as big of an impact on you as they did to me!”  In the meantime, we’ll continue to be grateful for the musical stew that this recipe has created in the form of the Atlanta quartet. 

You can pick up a copy of Crooked Doors here (bandcamp) or here (physical) and be sure to catch the band on tour in a city near you in the very near future.

Check out a Royal Thunder song stream, their Decibrity playlist, and upcoming tour dates after the jump. 

Decibrity Playlist: Karl Agell

April 9, 2015

If he hasn’t already, I hope Karl Agell gets to read Scott Seward’s “Filthy 50” list from our September 2007 issue (again, probably my favorite Decibel feature ever) and starts downloading compilations from The Day After the Sabbath (Rich has only put together a mere 117 at this point).  After all, the former Corrosion of…