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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.

Singing About What You Know: The Top 5 Songs In Which Raw Power Reference Themselves

August 31, 2017

We present the top five songs in which Raw Power discusses Raw Power.

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.

The Top 10 Metal Songs About Chains

August 29, 2017

In which we consider the top 10 songs about a quintessential heavy metal topic: chains.

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.

The Top 10 Metal Songs Never Performed Live

August 8, 2017

We look at some of the best metal songs of all time… that have never been performed live.

Prong Frontman Tommy Victor Ranks Top 5 CBGB Sets He Worked Sound For

July 28, 2017

Long-running industrial/crossover mainstays Prong released their twelfth full-length, Zero Days, today. To celebrate, Decibel asked frontman Tommy Victor — who ran sound at CBGB’s in the 80’s — to rank the five most insane sets he worked sound for. What follows were his answers; Victor has clearly witnessed and contributed to some legendary performances. Dark Angel (February 8,…

August 2017 Decibel Meter: …Of the Year of Death Metal!

July 27, 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 those essential headbanging, face-melting titles that make your collection extremely extreme. The issue currently on newsstands, which features Suffocation on the cover, declares 2017 THE YEAR…

Decibel’s Top 5 Grindcore Logos

July 24, 2017

There’s nothing cooler than a logo, a mark, an emblem. From extreme music’s inception, artists–thrash metal, grindcore, death metal, doom metal, black metal, etc.–have placed a heavy weight on their logos. Some are immediately recognizable (like Metallica, Death, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Cathedral), some aren’t so cleverly designed. Over the years, Decibel has top-listed logos for our most favorite of extremely extreme genres. Today, we dissect and pontificate on the Top 5 Grindcore Logos. Music isn’t considered as part of the findings, as that would unfairly settle the list. So, find out who tops our list. And argue about it.

5 Can’t Miss Brews in the Decibel Headbangers Bierhall at Chicago Open Air

July 12, 2017

We brought you the five sets you can’t miss at Chicago Open Air this weekend, and now we’re bringing you the five brews you can’t miss at the fest!

Five Must-Hear Star Wars-Themed Metal Albums

July 11, 2017

A galactic hunt for the best Star Wars-themed metal albums led us to this list.

5 Can’t Miss Sets At Chicago Open Air 2017

July 7, 2017

Make sure you stop by the Decibel Headbanger’s Bier Hall after checking out these extremely extreme sets at Chicago Open Air next weekend!

July 2017 Decibel Meter: Howling, for the Metalhead Shall Rage

July 3, 2017

Need some new music to get you out of that more-of-the-same rut? f.y.e. has got you covered with this month’s Decibel Meter.

5 Great Live Roadburn Albums

June 30, 2017

ConvergeGodfleshNeurosis and more have immortalized their Roadburn performances as live albums.

Top 5 Worst Bathory Songs (Of The Black Metal Era)

June 26, 2017

Sacred cows have been slain before. They’ll be slain again. Today, we’re not butchering yet another divine bovine (not in total, we’d be nuts and in poor taste), but rather turning the tables on last week’s Bathory post, where we unsheath our Bathory collection (from 1984’s Bathory to 1988’s Blood Fire Death) listening for Quorthon’s sonic hell-born warts.

Top 5 Bathory Songs (Post-Twilight of the Gods)

June 19, 2017

Lists polarize. There, we said it. We’re click-baiting just like the big guns. Other websites lede (yes, lede) with must-click, must-share titles like: “Killswitch Engage Caught On Tape Stealing Soilwork Roadmap” or “Burzum’s Varg Launches Role-Playing Game” (well, that actually happened) or “Ozzy’s Six-Decade Sex Addiction — All The Sordid Details Inside!” Here at Decibel, we care enough to bait you with things like The Top 5 Bathory Songs… After Twilight of the Gods.

The Worst Black Metal Album Covers of All Time, Part II

June 14, 2017

There’s some great black metal album art. And there is some not-so-great black metal album art. Krieg‘s Neill Jameson focuses on the latter in the second part of this series.

The Worst Black Metal Album Covers of All Time Part I

June 13, 2017

Not all black metal cover art is terrible. But a lot of it is. And Krieg’s Neill Jameson has uncovered the worst of the worst. 

The 5 Most Insane Panels from GWAR’s New Comic

June 7, 2017

The scumdogs of the universe are ready to corrupt the world in another medium, as the GWAR: Orgasmageddon comic hits shelves. Here are the first issue’s 5 most insane panels.

10 Acts You Shouldn’t Miss At Psycho Las Vegas

June 1, 2017

Psycho Las Vegas is shaping up to have a big year. Check out some can’t miss bands playing, as well as individual day lineups!

Rest in Power (1964-2017): 10 Heavy Soundgarden Songs to Remember Chris Cornell

May 26, 2017

As we remember the life of Chris Cornell, here are 10 heavy songs from his career that even extreme metalheads can get into.

HERE’S WHAT CELESTIAL DEATH METALLERS ARTIFICIAL BRAIN THINK YOU SHOULD FEED YOUR REAL BRAIN

May 17, 2017

In a rave review, Jonathan Horsley describes the sophomore full-length from Artificial Brain, Infrared Horizon, as an album which “envisions an extinct humanity, our place in the universe taken by robots and cyborgs, synthetics who believe they have naturally evolved from mankind, as though the species of Aristotle, Einstein, da Vinci was only ever primordial goo,” adding that vocalist Will Smith’s lyrics “read like Mr. Spock took a word cloud of Skynet’s internet search history and made beat poetry of it.” Combined with the decidedly sci-fi imagery the Long Island quintet employs for both album artwork and tour posters, it seemed apropos to reach out the the band for a list of their literary influences.

METALHEAD HORROR AUTHOR JOHN BODEN PICKS 7 GREAT HEAVY MUSIC LITERATURE ADAPTATIONS

May 10, 2017

Rising metalhead horror author John Boden peppered his recent haunting, lyrical coming-of-age novella Jedi Summer With The Magnetic Kid with a slew of knowing nods to eighties heavy metal and hard rock. And he’s cited such distorted-yet-diverse bands as Masters of Reality and the Pixies as influences on his delightfully demented post-apocalyptic children’s book Dominoes. So it seemed apropos to hit the eloquent Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based world-builder up for a few recommendations on where those looking to blend their loves of reading n’ riffage.

Top 5 Metal Bands With Names Originating With Tolkien

April 10, 2017

Throughout rock ‘n’ roll history (we’re talking proto-metal here), J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have influenced heavily. Whether it’s lyrical references or inspiration — such as Led Zeppelin‘s “The Battle of Evermore” and “Ramble On” or Rush‘s “The Necromancer” and Rivendell” or Black Sabbath‘s “The Wizard” — or bands taking Tolkien-named places, things, persons to call their own, rock, metal, and all their relevant sub-genres owe much to Tolkien. Death metal and black metal, of course, are no exception.