Editorial

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.

Fight Fire with Fire: ‘We Are the Romans’ vs. ‘Calculating Infinity’

April 2, 2020

Botch‘s We Are the Romans and The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Calculating Infinity go head to head in the ultimate metalcore showdown.

An Asshole’s Guide to Surviving the Musical Apocalypse

March 16, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the global economy by the hour. There are few certainties, but Krieg’s Neill Jameson offers some ways to help your favorite artists in the metal scene.

Bullshit on Parade: Why Are You Really Angry About Rage Against the Machine Ticket Prices?

February 19, 2020

Krieg’s Neill Jameson gathers some facts on the recent public backlash against Rage Against the Machine‘s high-priced concert tickets

Fight Fire with Fire: ‘Heartwork’ vs. ‘Slaughter of the Soul’

January 30, 2020

Pitting Heartwork against Slaughter of the Soul to find out once and for all which is the better album.

The Lazarus Pit: ZnöWhite’s All Hail to Thee

January 9, 2020

We explain why ZnöWhite‘s 1984 debut, All Hail to Thee, absolutely rules in the return of The Lazarus Pit.

Blast Worship: The Top 50 Grind/Powerviolence Albums of 2010-2019: Part 5

December 30, 2019

The final installment of our five-part countdown of the Top 50 grindcore and powerviolence releases of the decade

Mainstream Metal is F*cking Dead

December 27, 2019

As we close out the decade, Decibel has an infernal correspondence on the demise of relevant major-label metal

Low Culture: Neill Jameson’s Top 10 Albums of the Decade

December 23, 2019

Everyone’s doing it, so why can’t he? Check out our longtime columnist and Krieg frontman’s 10 best from the past 10 years.

Blast Worship: The Top 50 Grind/Powerviolence Albums of 2010-2019: Part 4

December 18, 2019

Part Four of our five-part countdown of the Top 50 grindcore and powerviolence releases of the decade

Extreme Archaeology: Primitive Origins’ Top Five Proto-Metal Discoveries of 2019

December 12, 2019

Remembering the five best, and heaviest, proto-metal songs we discussed in Primitive Origins this year.

Blast Worship: The Top 50 Grind/Powerviolence Albums of 2010-2019: Part 3

December 10, 2019

Part Three of our five-part countdown of the Top 50 grindcore and powerviolence releases of the decade

Rank & Defile: Nile’s Albums Ordered from Worst to Best

December 4, 2019

To celebrate the recent release of the USDM heroes’ latest album, Vile Nilotic Rites, we rank Nile‘s studio LP discography.

Blast Worship: The Top 50 Grind/Powerviolence Albums of 2010-2019: Part 2

December 3, 2019

Part Two of our five-part countdown of the Top 50 grindcore and powerviolence releases of the decade

Blast Worship: The Top 50 Grind/Powerviolence Albums of 2010-2019: Part 1

November 26, 2019

Part of 1 of our five-part countdown of the Top 50 grindcore and powerviolence releases of the decade.

Matt Harvey of Exhumed’s Top Five Favorite Old-School Horror Movies

October 31, 2019

Exhumed‘s Matt Harvey gives us his five favorite old-school horror flicks, to celebrate Halloween and the band’s new album, Horror.