Editorial

Retrospective: Mindrot’s “Soul”

August 16, 2018

Revisiting Mindrot‘s massive 1998 album, Soul.

Feel the Heat: The Top 10 Songs About Burning

August 3, 2018

It’s August. It’s really hot outside. So hot that it BURNS. Burning is pretty metal though, right? So here’s ten great songs about burning!

Mining for Black Metal Gold Part 2: 6 More Great Underground Bands

July 20, 2018

Summer days are hot, but the moon is freezing no matter what month it is. So here’s 6 underground black metal bands for you to blast when the sun goes down.

Retrospective: One Eyed God Prophecy’s “One Eyed God Prophecy”

July 19, 2018

Revisiting the chaotic metallic hardcore of One Eyed God Prophecy‘s self-titled 1996 album.

Mining for Black Metal Gold: 6 Great Underground Bands

May 25, 2018

There’s a lot of great underground black metal bands out there among the leather-wearing and corpse-painted multitude. This article features music by Riivaus, Nyctophilia, Atra Vetosus, Antimateria, Ühtceare and Nox.

Svalbard’s Serena Cherry on Underground Metal’s Enduring Gender Bias

May 17, 2018

The guitarist/vocalist of English metal band Svalbard pens a guest editorial about her experiences as a woman in the underground metal scene.

The Top 5 “Sell Out” Thrash Songs

May 9, 2018

Decibel reconsiders five perfect songs from the “sell-out” age of thrash metal in the ’90s.

Caleb Scofield Will Always Be Here

April 11, 2018

J. Bennett remembers his friend and former Cave In/Old Man Gloom/Zozobra bassist Caleb Scofield.

An Extremely Extreme Voice For Common Sense

March 23, 2018

Let’s imagine a world where kids can get lost in records and find themselves again. Let’s imagine a world where the bridge to adulthood doesn’t include fearing for your life.

The Economics of Art and Culture and Why You Should Help Devout Rcrds

March 19, 2018

As a small Leviathan-affiliated record store and screenprinter are being forced out of Portland due to rising rent. Jef Whitehead and Stevie Floyd explain the importance of record stores in 2018.

Led Astray in the Forest Dark: Metal and the Familiarity Principle

March 16, 2018

When people tell you they don’t like metal, they might mean they’re not familiar with it. Here’s a way to think about getting people into music that’s new to them.

Grinding Around the World: Brazil

March 13, 2018

In the first installment of our new grindcore series, we take a deep drive into Brazil to check out Hutt, Test, Narayama and Lxs Jugadxs.

Retirepower: The End of Judas Priest’s Dual Guitar Assault

March 1, 2018

Judas Priest will hit the road without guitarist Glenn Tipton, but the band remains great in his absence.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Kreator’s “Renewal”

March 1, 2018

Kreator‘s 1992 album Renewal is nowhere near as shitty, or as industrial, as you think. Let’s re-evaluate.

A History of the Times Black Metal was “Over,” Part I

February 26, 2018

Krieg’s Neill Jameson recounts various times throughout history when black metal was falsely pronounced dead.

Opinion: Cancelling Taake Shows Isn’t Helping Anyone

February 19, 2018

Hot Taake coming through from Krieg’s Neill Jameison.

The Top Ten Metal Reunion Albums

February 9, 2018

Don’t call them comebacks. Call them the best reunion albums in metal history.

Retrospective: Assück’s “Anticapital” is 15 minutes of grindcore history

February 8, 2018

In 1991, Assück released one of the greatest grind records of all time, Anticapital . Today, we revisit it.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Def Leppard’s “Hysteria”

February 1, 2018

In 1987, Def Leppard released Hysteria , and metalheads worldwide agreed they had jumped the shark. Time to re-evaluate that.

Five Times Abacus Records Got it Right

January 11, 2018

When it came to mid-to-early 2000s metalcore and heavy post-hardcore, Abacus Records were on fire. Here are five times they killed it.

All in Your Head, Or Why Metal Musicians Shouldn’t Overreact to Negative Reviews

January 2, 2018

Every artist eventually faces a bad review of their work. But a very public reaction to that review invites even more negative criticism.

Knowing Your Limits: Consistency vs. Experimentation

December 22, 2017

Watain’s upcoming album, “Trident Wolf Eclipse,” is a fantastic explosion of straightforward blackened death metal. This return to form is a good chance to think about why some bands do better experimenting, whereas others should stick to what they’re good at.