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For Those About to Squawk: Converge, Malokarpatan

October 27, 2017

Our resident birdbrains pecks on new titles from Converge and Malokarpatan and remembers the late Martin Ain.

Converge Grace the Cover of the December Decibel

October 19, 2017

Decibel faves Converge make their SIXTH cover appearance. Get new the issue (or all six in a discount bundle) here!

Ben Chisholm, Chelsea Wolfe’s Secret Weapon

September 18, 2017

Decibel caught up with longtime Chelsea Wolfe collaborator Ben Chisholm to talk about Hiss Spun, playing Blood Moon sets with Converge and more.

5 Great Live Roadburn Albums

June 30, 2017

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

MAGIC BULLET RECORDS DELIVERS A SONIC BEATDOWN ON NINETIES STRETCH OF MEMORY LANE

February 15, 2017

Remarkable things are afoot over at the YouTube page of Magic Bullet Records — one of the best, most adventurous independent labels currently in existence, led by the incomparable artist/musician/leader Brent Eyestone whose efforts we’ve previously covered here, here, here, and here — where a series of amazing live performances captured on videotape during various revolutionary heavy music moments of the nineties are now being digitized and posted for posterity.

Wear Your Wounds Premiere First Music Video For “Wear Your Wounds”

February 7, 2017

Wear Your Wounds unveil the music video for their eponymously-titled song from their first full-length release.

SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN: EXCLUSIVE DOWAGER TRACK PREMIERE

November 2, 2016

On its sometimes utterly unhinged, sometimes heartrendingly beautiful E.P. Title Track, Portland quartet Dowager crams a lot of divergent influences, elements, and combustible sonic materials into its atomic artcore reactor with improbable cleverness and success. The subsequent explosion can be mesmerizing, calling to mind American Football and Mineral as much as Orchid and early Converge.

$5 Shirts & $3 Back Issues: Decibel’s Back To School Sale Is On!

August 22, 2016

Skip the school book store and hit the Decibel webstore for special back to school deals on shirts, hoodies, dvd and back issues! 

HALL OF FAME COUNTDOWN: CONVERGE’S YOU FAIL ME

July 14, 2016

We inducted Converge‘s massive You Fail Me into our Hall of Fame a while back; it’s time to dig deep into the album and rank the songs from least-mind-melting to most-mind-melting.

30 Years of Neurosis: An Interview with Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till (and Friends!)

March 31, 2016

Earlier this month, Neurosis took up residency at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom for an epic weekend of shows to commemorate their 30th anniversary. We caught up with vocalists/guitarists Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till to talk about the significance of the event.

Converge – “You Fail Me”

January 4, 2016

In 1982, L.A. synth-poppers Missing Persons scored a minor Billboard hit with “Destination Unknown” (“Has it all been said and done? / I know I’ll leave when it’s my time to go / ’Til then I’ll carry on with what I know”).

Decibel Magazine 2015 Tour Lineup + Dates Announced!

October 20, 2014

The Decibel Magazine Tour has established itself as the extreme music destination of the spring, bringing metalheads a thoughtfully curated lineup that celebrates the genre’s proud and diverse global legacy. The fourth installment is no different, as Swedish melodeath legends At the Gates join forces with U.S. hardcore heroes Converge and U.K. death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre,…

The Proselyte: The Deciblog Interview and Full Album Stream

October 1, 2014

Back in the day there were shiny things called songs. Albums were filled with good songs rather than two or three wankfests. Now, in the hands of the right band long songs can be potent (see: Sleep and YOB). But heavy songs that are infectious with less real estate are also a very good thing….

Listen to Mutoid Man “Scrape the Walls”

September 24, 2013

Christ on a motherfucking crutch do we have a treat for you this morning, loyal readers: An exclusive premiere of a churning, kinetic track off what promises to be a seriously off the hook brilliant upcoming debut album from Mutoid Man, the new collaboration between Stephen Brodsky (CAVE IN) and Ben Koller (CONVERGE). We asked…

Insider The Shredder’s Studio #5: Kurt Ballou of Converge

March 13, 2013

The latest inclusion in the Shredder’s Studio was inevitable. Kurt Ballou is no stranger to the Dec-faithful; he played on Hall of Fame and top album of the 00s certified masterpiece Jane Doe; laid down riffs on last year’s best record and helped close out our 100th issue party. Mr. Ballou is writing the kinds…

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

January 23, 2013

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….

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Dustin LaValley

January 4, 2013

Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a new twice-monthly column delving into the surprisingly vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors… Gonzo dark fiction author, screenwriter, martial arts sensei, serious connoisseur of heavy metal and hardcore — there’s a lot thrown into the mix when it comes to the literary force of nature…

Say What? Not So Long Long Converge Quotes

January 2, 2013

Often, there is a lot of left over content that doesn’t quite fit the narrative or direction of a story. Case in point #1: Converge for dB #96. Case in point #2: Throughout the interview process, the members of Converge had rad stories to tell, but somehow the quotes never quite made the cut. So,…

INTERVIEW: Evoken’s Vince Verkay on bringing the doom-death live

November 26, 2012

On January 19th, Decibel will celebrate a century of extremely extreme issues at Philadelphia Union Transfer in exalted company: four-time cover stars Converge; swine-ablating grindhogs Pig Destroyer; crossover champs Municipal Waste; Repulsion (be still, beating heart); 2011’s AOTY artists Tombs; and funerealy epic doom titans Evoken. It’s the perfect Decibel storm, a line-up of bands…

dB Live Report: Converge in San Francisco

October 31, 2012

“How’s the iPhone pit over there,” Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon says at one point midway through the band’s headlining show last week at Slim’s in San Francisco. Good question. It’s hard to figure out who would want to mind meld with their personal device when a trashcan was lobbed into the pit midway through “Trespasses.”…

It’s Time to Go Back to School

September 5, 2011

We, the working class, salute the fine young individuals who are bidding farewell to another summer and returning to academia. To help you get through another grueling year of homework, idiotic teachers, standardized tests, and the realization that there are no jobs out here once you graduate, the Deciblog has carefully constructed a series of…

Converge – “Jane Doe”

January 1, 2008

Call it the face that launched a thousand metalcore graphic designers (into a rat-race of feverish mimicry).