Editorial

Fight Fire with Fire: ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ vs. ‘Seven Churches’

February 25, 2021

In which we pit Death‘s Scream Bloody Gore vs. Possessed‘s Seven Churches in the battle for old-school death metal supremacy.

They Were the Storm: Five Times The Dillinger Escape Plan Knocked Us On Our Asses

February 4, 2021

Looking back on the beautiful chaos that was The Dillinger Escape Plan and their Top 5 most paradigm-shifting moments.

Deck the Hails Part II: The Revenge of Neill Jameson’s Christmas Playlist

December 21, 2020

Four years after the original installment, Neill Jameson returns and sounds off on the Christmas season and gives you the gift of holiday playlists.

Fight Fire with Fire: ‘Forest of Equilibrium’ vs. ‘Gothic’

December 10, 2020

It’s a 1991 doom showdown as we face off Forest of Equilibrium and Gothic to find out if it’s Cathedral or Paradise Lost in the top spot.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with David Andersson of Soilwork

December 3, 2020

To celebrate the release of Soilwork‘s new EP, A Whisp of the Atlantic, we caught up with guitarist David Andersson to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Fight Fire With Fire: ‘Priest… Live!’ vs. ‘Live After Death’

November 26, 2020

It’s a live-record showdown between Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in the latest Fight Fire With Fire.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Corporate Death of Macabre

November 12, 2020

To celebrate the release of their new album, Carnival of Killers, we caught up with Macabre guitarist/vocalist Corporate Death to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Fight Fire with Fire: ‘I.N.R.I.’ vs. ‘Schizophrenia’

October 22, 2020

It’s the big Brazilian 1987 showdown with Sarcófago‘s I.N.R.I. vs. Sepultura‘s Schizophrenia.

The Lazarus Pit: Living Sacrifice’s ‘The Hammering Process’

October 15, 2020

Revisiting Living Sacrifice‘s 2000 groove-metal album The Hammering Process to give it the second chance it deserves.

Cammie Gilbert (Oceans of Slumber) Offers Empathy & Unity In Uncertain Times

October 5, 2020

Oceans of Slumber frontwoman Cammie Gilbert offers wise words of empathy and unity as a woman of color in a white, male-dominated scene. She is a metalhead like all of us.

Comes Like the Flood: Anthrax’s “Persistence of Time” Turns 30

September 10, 2020

Thirty years ago Anthrax released the thrash metal apotheosis Persistence of Time, a timeless record which remains as beguiling and potent as ever.

Darker Than Darker Than Black: U.S. Black Metal Artist Galdr Rages Against Fascism

August 13, 2020

Draugr, the multi-instrumentalist of the U.S. black metal bands Galdr, Ancalagon and Obscurum, pens an op-ed on his anti-racist political awakening in underground black metal.

Fight Fire with Fire: ‘Bark at the Moon’ vs. ‘Balls to the Wall’

July 30, 2020

Pitting Accept‘s Balls to the Wall against Ozzy Osbourne‘s Bark at the Moon in the ultimate classic-metal showdown.

Andrew Lee of Ripped to Shreds on Ending Racist Stereotypes Against Asians in Metal

June 29, 2020

Ripped to Shreds frontman Andrew Lee addresses the work that needs to be done in fighting dangerous stereotypes against Asians and Asian-Americans in underground metal.

1995: The Year in Not-So-Metal Heaviness

June 17, 2020

1995 wasn’t merely a great year for the extremely extreme — it was also an amazing trip around the sun for metal-adjacent music.

Five Doom Classics that Evaded Our Yearbook: 1995 Issue’s Top 40 Albums of the Year List

June 16, 2020

Decibel dives deep beyond the Peaceville Three with this death/doom addendum to our our new Decibel Yearbook: 1995 issue.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Alex Shuster of -(16)-

June 11, 2020

To celebrate the release of Dream Squasher, the new album from sludge kings -(16)-, we caught up with guitarist Alex Shuster to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Decibel Presents The Top 5 Demo Tapes of 1995

June 9, 2020

Or, Through a Speaker Rumbly ’95. Decibel travels somewhere on tape with this adendum to our our new Decibel Yearbook: 1995 issue.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Amorphis’s “Elegy”

May 28, 2020

In which Neill Jameson reconsiders Amorphis‘s controversial 1996 prog-metal gem Elegy.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Sergio Amalfitano of AcxDC

May 14, 2020

To celebrate the release of Satan Is King, the new record from power-violence-grinding punks ACxDC, we caught up with vocalist Sergio Amalfitano to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Peter Wiwczarek of Vader

April 30, 2020

To celebrate the release of Vader’s new album, Solitude in Madness, we caught up with vocalist/guitarist Peter Wiwczarek to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

A Cosmic Calling: 10 Essential Psych Releases Selected by Oranssi Pazuzu’s Ontto & Ikon

April 13, 2020

Psychedelic black metal heroes Oranssi Pazuzu pick their Top 10 krautrock/psych/prog rock LPs. Find out what made the cut.

Seregor’s (Carach Angren) Top 5 Horror Movies

April 6, 2020

Carach Angren frontman Seregor lists his five favorite horror movies. Give in to his unconventional picks and the monster that is new album, Franckensteina Strataemontanus.