A Guide to Mariusz Lewandowski’s 2019 Album Covers

December 2, 2019

Every 2019 metal album cover featuring the Polish artist’s instantly-recognizable work.

Metal & Beer: The Art of The Label

November 29, 2017

British Columbia artist/designer Richard Hatter and his company Hired Guns create brewtal metal inspired and influenced label art for craft breweries.


October 19, 2016

Over the last several years Life of Agony bassist/songwriter Alan Robert has built a fascinating second career as a author/illustrator in the world of dark, cutting-edge graphic novels such as Wire Hangers (2010), Crawl to Me (2011), and Killogy (2012). This month the multitalented provocateur turns his attention to subverting and desecrating the adult coloring book craze with the delectably demented The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book — a “blood-soaked alternative,” in the words of its accompanying press release, that will take unsuspecting colored-pencil wielders “on a twisted journey through bizarre carnivals, the zombie apocalypse, serial killer lairs, and haunted burial grounds.”

Interview and Exclusive Book Excerpt: Mark Rudolph

October 8, 2014

For more than half of Decibel’s decade-long history Mark Rudolph has been a key component of what makes the magazine special. He illustrates the lead review in each issue and has designed covers for all of Decibel’s annual specials dating back to our 100 best death metal albums special. When he isn’t busy with the…

Behind The Art: Pyrrhon’s The Mother Of Virtues

June 4, 2014

Caroline Harrison is an artist who sometimes photographs for online music publications. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Listen to The Mother Of Virtues and learn more about Pyrrhon. Please double click on the images below to enlarge. — I’ve been the sole visual artist that Pyrrhon has worked with during the nearly six years…

Goodbye Cruel World!!! (And Hello Fine Arts!?!)

March 11, 2014

A couple months back we premiered a new Backstabbers Inc track and now, with barely time enough for a gasp between, guitarist/vocalist Matt Serven is prepping Bury Me in a Hole in the Ground, the super limited double cassette from his digital hardcore side project GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD!!! We’ve got an exclusive stream of the…

Strength Beyond Strength: The Midyear Report

June 26, 2013

In January, we introduced readers to Jason Statts. The response to his story was overwhelming and generated quite the buzz in the world of the extremely extreme. We decided to check in with Jason a half-year later to see how he was doing, and if sharing his story changed anything. He was happy to oblige,…

Black Ink, Black Metal – The Art Of Heath Rave

October 27, 2011

It was Heath Rave who asked Decibel during an interview, “When have tattoos and rock music not gone together?” We all know the answer, but we’d be willing to wager that they’ve never gone together this well. You’re probably more familiar with Rave as the bloodfueld drummer from Wolvhammer. You can still download their first…

The Jesus Lizard’s David Yow Goes Solo in NYC

August 23, 2011

OK, we apologize for the somewhat misleading headline, but we stand by its essential truth. Ex-Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman David Yow will be presenting his first solo NYC art exhibit called “Glass Gas Mask” this week at Fuse Gallery (93 2nd Ave, New York City). If you thought his lyrics and onstage antics were out…