Editorial

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.

To Mordor and Back: 5 Great Summoning Songs

December 15, 2017

In anticipation of their latest album, “With Doom We Come,” in 2018, here are 5 great songs to get into Summoning, the masters of Tolkien black metal.

R.I.P. Warrel Dane (1961-2017) (Sanctuary & Nevermore)

December 13, 2017

Decibel would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and acquaintances of Sanctuary and Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane, who passed away today, December 13, in São Paulo, Brazil after suffering from a heart attack.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Napalm Death’s “The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code”

November 30, 2017

We inducted The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code by Napalm Death into our Hall of Fame in our recent special Napalm Death issue; here, we rank the songs from worst to best.

Net Neutrality is in Danger – Here’s How it Could Affect Underground Music

November 28, 2017

An open internet is at stake with a new FCC vote. It could cripple the independent music industry. Find out what it means and what you can do.

Somewhere in Time: 5 Debuts That Turned 30 in 2017

November 27, 2017

1987 was a massive year for extreme music, with debut albums from Death, Napalm Death, Guns N’ Roses and more. We revisit them.

35 Overlooked Albums of 2017

November 27, 2017

35 records you may have missed, but should consider listening to.

10 Great Songs About Eating

November 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Neill Jameson on Musicians’ Reactions to Las Vegas

October 5, 2017

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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