Editorial

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?