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Live Review: Days of Darkness, Part 2 (Sunday, October 29 @ Rams Head Live in Baltimore)

November 14, 2017 Daniel Lake

Days of Darkness lasted two days. So does our coverage. Come on in for a glance at the damp-weather-enforced second round of doom, etc.

Live Review: Days of Darkness, Part 1 (Saturday, October 28 @ Rams Head Live in Baltimore)

November 7, 2017 Daniel Lake

Neurosis make an East Coast appearance. Dälek joins. Manilla Road and Perturbator show up to make their own noise. We try to keep our heads from exploding.

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

August 30, 2017 Shawn Macomber

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

Live Review, Family Edition: Galactic Empire, Dangerkids, Master Sword and Aeoxis @ Ottobar in Baltimore, 7/12/17

August 1, 2017 Daniel Lake

As a way to introduce younglings to metal (as well as excite the Obi-waning among us), Galactic Empire are starkillin’ it.

Evil Riffs, Bad Omens, Broken Vans: A Conversation with Beastmaker

May 24, 2017 Sean Frasier

Trevor William Church of doom rockers Beastmaker talks touring, bad omens, and Vincent Price.

Live Review: Junius, InAeona, Corpse Light and We Were Black Clouds @ Metro Gallery in Baltimore, April 18, 2017

April 25, 2017 Daniel Lake

Were you worried that Decibel wasn’t goth enough?  Get in here and let us prove you wrong! (?)

LIVE REVIEW: Udo Dirkschneider, Live at the Trocadero 2/4/2017

February 6, 2017 Chris Dick

Udo Dirkschneider will be 65-years old this year. 65. Undoubtedly, Udo is part of the golden generation. At his age, he should be enjoying a fine brew with his mates while savoring the warm breeze of Wuppertal nights. But, no, he’s not. He’s hitting the road

Live Review: Gorguts, Intronaut, Brain Tentacles and Horrendous @ Metro Gallery in Baltimore, October 28, 2016

November 1, 2016 Daniel Lake

Amid the noise of a dozen gnarly fall tours this year, Gorguts and friends stand out as a must-see bill with zero filler.

Live Review: Drive Thru Doppelgangers Mac Sabbath

September 9, 2016 Sean Frasier

If something smelled like “Sweet Beef” in Philly, it was “Drive Thru Metal” concept band Mac Sabbath.

LIVE REVIEW: One Foot in the Grave Tour Buries Philadelphia

August 4, 2016 Sean Frasier

Carcass. Crowbar. Ghoul. Night Demon. A basement filled with rowdy Philadelphians. Who will survive and what will be left of them?

Seeing Priest With My Dad

October 29, 2014 Dutch Pearce

“Oh, watch the lightning strike Feel the powers of the hammer’s pounding on Take it to your heart and understand What must live on from father to son” -“Father to Son” by Quorthon/Bathory One thing my family always jokes about is how my dad was caught crying at the end of The Last Unicorn. It’s…

All Murder, All Guts: Samhain Live

September 22, 2014 Justin Norton

Glenn Danzig’s fame has never waned. But in today’s constantly connected world he’s stayed famous for the wrong reasons: getting very publicly knocked out after a backstage argument in 2004; suing his former bandmates and buying cat litter at the wrong place. It’s easy to forget why people cared in the first place: Danzig wrote…

Blood/Fire/Death: Watain douses Brooklyn

June 18, 2014 Sean Frasier

Brooklyn Night Bazaar – June 15th, 2014 Photography by Rodrigo Fredes of PhotoTerco It was Father’s Day, so I arrived early and called my pops outside the venue. I informed him I was seeing a Swedish metal band named Watain shortly, who would likely spit animal blood at the audience. “Well have fun, enjoy your…

My Scion Rockfest 2014 Experience in Shitty iPhone Photos

May 27, 2014 Jeff Treppel

While everyone else is reporting from that East Coast festival this week, we here at Decibel’s Los Angeles Bureau are lazy and don’t like to go further than 43.5 miles from our home base. Fortunately, on May 17, Scion held their annual Rockfest in Pomona, which is exactly that distance. Sweet! I was there, and…

Soul Survivors: Saint Vitus play Born Too Late in its entirety

May 15, 2014 J. Bennett

Saint Vitus @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles, May 13, 2014 “This is a lot different for us than it was in L.A. 35 years ago.” So says Saint Vitus guitarist and mastermind Dave Chandler from the stage at the Echoplex, where several hundred headbangers, burnouts and biker types have gathered to suck on Bud tallboys…

VEMOD GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE WORD “RITUAL” IN A NORWEGIAN MAUSOLEUM

April 28, 2014 Kim Kelly

Rituals are a dime a dozen. Any greasy-haired jabroni with a couple half-baked tremolo riffs and a motheaten cloak can stage a ritual; extra points if he cops a wood-burning kit for Christmas and goes to town on some dirt from outside his grandma’s prayer meeting to accent the seven copies of his upteenth Garageband…

Back From the Dead: Motörhead and Graveyard Live at Club Nokia

April 15, 2014 J. Bennett

After getting sick and cancelling tours and being nearly 70 years old and generally scaring the piss out of fans everywhere, Lemmy finally emerged from his West Hollywood meth lair/Nazi shrine to play the first Motörhead show since last summer’s appearance at Wacken, when severe back pain and oppressive heat forced him to walk off…

Live Review: …AYWKUBTTOD

April 3, 2014 Zach Smith

I was a wee freshman in college when Source Tags & Codes, the third full-length from …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, dropped in the winter of 2002.

LIVE REVIEW: Failure at the El Rey 2/11/14

February 19, 2014 Jeff Treppel

What a difference 16 years can make; there were probably more people at Failure’s first reunion show than bought their last album, 1997’s Fantastic Planet. The (mostly white male) fans packed into the El Rey Theater in their hometown of Los Angeles last Thursday night, February 11, for an evening with the heavy rock heroes….

LIVE REVIEW: Skeletonwitch, Enslaved, Amon Amarth (Theatre of Living Arts)

February 7, 2014 Chris Dick

Monday night. Hours after a severe weather incident. In most cases, a metal show in Philadelphia on such a weeknight after such a crippling storm would’ve kept longhairs and horn throwers home. A venue vacant, save its sadluck staff. Tonight, however, Philadelphians surprised. They came out in droves not just for the headliner, Amon Amarth,…

Live Review: Floor

February 4, 2014 Zach Smith

In the liner notes to 2010’s Below & Beyond collection, Floor co-founder Anthony Vialon recalled that while his band had played together off and on for 12 years before seemingly dissolving for keeps in 2003, he and his cohorts hadn’t even managed to play a hundred shows.

Live Review: Clutch

January 16, 2014 Zach Smith

The latest Clutch album may be the band’s best since 2005’s Robot Hive/Exodus, but the live setting is where these Marylanders have built their name over the years. So it was fitting that the quartet opened up its recent set in Port Chester, NY with “Earth Rocker”, a tune that in many ways sets forth…

Live Report: Neurosis in San Francisco

January 2, 2014 Justin Norton

I once heard a story about a deaf neighbor in our townhouse complex who blasted music at all hours. When one of the neighbors went to complain he learned that the man would sit on the floor and let the rhythm wash over him so he could “feel” the music. Even for those fortunate enough…

BREWTAL TRUTH: Beer-Soaked Doom at the GABF

October 18, 2013 Adem Tepedelen

Great American Beer Festival, Denver, ColoradoOct. 10-12, 2013 It would be an overstatement to say that this was the Year of Metal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, but the handful of extreme music diehards—from TRVE, Surly, Real Ale and Three Floyds pictured above—among the 600-plus breweries present at the festival, definitely made…

MDF documentary Welcome To Deathfest launches website

October 7, 2013 Jonathan Horsley

Okay, so this week’s big metal in the movies news has been dominated by former thrashers turned FM rock-metal conglomerate Metallica, who have roped in the wee creepy guy from Chronicle to star as a citizen roadie on a mission across town during a miscellaneously apocalyptic event. Taking its title from one of the many…

LIVE REVIEW: Dawnbringer

August 1, 2013 Zach Smith

It was only fitting that Dawnbringer’s first NYC show was at Saint Vitus. After all, the middle stop of a three-day stint that was “the closest thing to a Dawnbringer tour that has ever happened” brought a band whose last two outstanding records have given it some well deserved recognition to a joint that has…

Live Review: Maserati/Beware of Safety

March 12, 2013 Jeff Treppel

My first exposure to Maserati came when they opened for Mono a few years back. I had no idea who they were or what their deal was, but as soon as they kicked into their post-rock-meets-80s-motorik groove, I was sold. In fact, compared to them, Mono were positively soporific. I’ve made a point to try…

Live Review: Graveyard/The Shrine

January 31, 2013 Zach Smith

It’s only been a year since Graveyard last came to New York City, and coupled with last week’s sub-freezing temperatures and a second show in Brooklyn two nights later, I was curious to see just how many people would show up to Friday night’s performance. By the time I arrived at the Bowery Ballroom a…

Happy Birthday To Us: Photos From An Epic Evening of Metal

January 23, 2013 Justin Norton

In case you have been on a spiritual pilgrimage or without an Internet connection in recent months a quick reminder that we had a big party last weekend to celebrate our 100th issue. A bunch of bands that have graced the cover, best of lists or Hall Of Fame (some of them multiple honorees) played….