Editorial

10 Great Songs About Eating

November 17, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

Every holiday season has its own hallmarks, the things that you identify with the time to make it complete and recognizable. Valentine’s Day has its ill-advised first dates, Saint Patrick’s day has its ill-advised consumption of Irish Carbombs, Christmas has its ill-advised decision to ever voluntarily listen to Christmas music. Others, like Halloween, are just…

Hall of Fame Countdown: Nuclear Assault’s “Game Over”

November 16, 2017 Greg Pratt

Nuclear Assault put out their thrash/crossover classic Game Over in 1986. In 2017, we inducted it into our Hall of Fame; today, we rank each song from worst to best.

Prurient’s New Album is Too Long

November 6, 2017 Joseph Schafer

Prurient will release Rainbow Mirror, a 3-hour long record. That record is too long.

Five Hardcore Releases From 2017 You Shouldn’t Miss

November 2, 2017 Vince Bellino

With so many killer metal releases this year, you may have overlooked these 5 hardcore records that deserve a spot in your regular rotation.

Reconsidering Wrathchild America

November 2, 2017 Greg Pratt

It’s time to reconsider Wrathchild America , a truly unique band who flirted with thrash, trad metal, and more.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Faith No More’s “Sol Invictus”

October 31, 2017 Daniel Lake

Surprised we’re highlighting this one? So are we. But Faith No More‘s legacy deserves a better shake than we first gave it, so let’s lean toward the urinal of taste and shimmy until the job is done right.

Top 10 Drummer Vocalists in Metal

October 30, 2017 Joseph Schafer

Who are the best drummer/vocalists in metal? Decibel ranks some of the most impressive.

Retrospective: Confessor’s “Condemned” still completely unique a quarter-century later

October 26, 2017 Greg Pratt

Confessor released Condemned 26 years ago and confounded us all at the time. Today, we recognize it’s an unquestionable doom-metal classic.

Why You Should Give the New Trivium Album a Chance

October 20, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

If the glorious new track, “Betrayer” is any indication, Trivium’s new album should be a chance for metalheads to revisit Florida’s metal heroes.

Notes From the Combat Underground: Who’s Next to Face McGregor?

October 16, 2017 Mike Hill

Tombs‘s Mike Hill considers who will be the next fighter to take on UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Neill Jameson on Musicians’ Reactions to Las Vegas

October 5, 2017 Neill Jameson

Krieg’s frontman considers the appropriate and inappropriate reaction to a tragedy like the one that occurred in Las Vegas.

Exploring Synths: A Primer with Neill Jameson

September 28, 2017 Neill Jameson

Neill Jameson explores synthesizers and the various metal-related genres of music that have sprung from the instrument.

The Devaluation of Opinion in Metal

September 21, 2017 Neill Jameson

Neill Jameson considers the importance of aesthetic and appearance in black metal in response to a controversial piece of album artwork.

The Art of the Deals: On Promoters and Labels

September 18, 2017 Neill Jameson

Is there an offer that’s too good to be true from a record label in your otherwise empty inbox? Neill Jameson urges you to reconsider.

Only Print is Real: How We Entered the Golden Age of Extreme Metal Books

September 13, 2017 Kevin Stewart-Panko

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Ian Christe, Dayal Patterson and a host of authors and publisher discuss the rise of authoritative books in extreme metal.

Retrospective: Thirty Years of Big Black’s “Songs About Fucking”

September 11, 2017 Joseph Schafer

Thirty years ago, Big Black released their final opus, Songs About Fucking. We revisit what exactly made that last album so important.

Five Times Shorter Was Better

August 31, 2017 Greg Pratt

Quantity isn’t quality. Here are five examples of how extreme metal is at its most potent when it doesn’t waste time.

Matt Harvey on Why You Can’t Censor NSBM or Those Who Distribute It

August 28, 2017 Decibel Magazine

The Exhumed frontman addresses the recent Hells Headbangers controversy with a considered (if perhaps unpopular) response.

The Top 10 Metal Songs Never Performed Live

August 8, 2017 Joseph Schafer

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

What is the future of long-form music journalism?

August 1, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

Music journalism’s relationship to economic reality has always been shaky. Here are some ideas of where that relationship might need to go.

Chester Bennington Has Died. Don’t Be Dicks, Underground Metalheads

July 20, 2017 Neill Jameson

Mocking depression seems to still be fair game, even in today’s ultra-sensitive climate. Stop it. 

Music Criticism Has Not Died. But It Must Transform

November 18, 2016 Joseph Schafer

Music criticism, and the reviewing of musical pieces in general, is not obsolete. You’d be forgiven for thinking so, though. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Freedom of Speech and its Real Consequences

July 26, 2016 Jesse Chase

Freedom of speech. Just watch what you say, Deströyer 666 and Metalsucks. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on Nails’ Todd Jones and Actual Scene Bullying

June 28, 2016 Jesse Chase

Our Neill Jameson thinks Metalsucks totally missed the point of Nails. Or maybe they’re just baiting you for clicks. 

Krieg’s Neill Jameson on the Pentagram Harassment Allegations & Separating Musicians by Gender

June 8, 2016 Neill Jameson

Pentagram‘s Bobby Libeling allegedly recently practiced poor judgement. But his management’s defense of his actions is even worse.

Decibel Needs Marketing, Design and Editorial Interns!

May 26, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Spend your summer interning at Decibel? Beats a real job, right?