Editorial

Venomous Concept Vocalist Kevin Sharp on His Own Mental Health Struggles and Continuing the Fight

May 12, 2022

In the wake of Trevor Strnad’s death, former Brutal Truth frontman Kevin Sharp opens up about about his own recent metal health reckoning and steps that saved him.

Fight Fire With Fire: ‘Cocked and Loaded’ vs. ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’

January 20, 2022

It’s a 1989 hair metal showdown with the second albums from L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat duking it out.

Op Ed: Neill Jameson Spotlights a New Wave of Darkness in American Black Metal

December 28, 2021

In which Krieg’s frontman focuses on Grinning Death’s Head, Calvary, Pan-Amerikan Native Front and the rising new wave of American Black Metal.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Cave In’s “Until Your Heart Stops”

November 25, 2021

On the eve of their Metal & Beer Fest: L.A. full-album performance of the LP, we rank the songs on Cave In’s Until Your Heart Stops from least awesome to most awesome.

Read How John Tardy Discovered His Growl in a Book Excerpt from ‘Turned Inside Out: The Official Story of Obituary’

October 29, 2021

Take an exclusive sneak peek of the first excerpt of Turned Inside Out: The Official Story of Obituary now online; pre-orders available via Decibel Books.

Fight Fire With Fire: ‘Crowbar’ vs. ‘Take as Needed for Pain’

October 28, 2021

It’s the ultimate sludge showdown as we pair off Crowbar‘s self-titled album and Eyehategod‘s Take as Needed for Pain in today’s Fight Fire With Fire.

An Open Letter to Glenn Danzig for Halloween

October 18, 2021

The weather is changing, the leaves are turning, but it’s still been 20 years since any proper Samhain reissues. Our Neill Jameson asks Glenn Dazing, what’s up?

Top 5 Guitar Pedals By Christian Larson (Necrofier)

October 11, 2021

Christian Larson of Necrofier fame steps on his Top 5 Guitar Pedals for black metal. Fans of Dissection, Necrophobic, and Dawn take note!

Fight Fire With Fire: ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ vs. ‘Dirty Rotten EP’

September 30, 2021

Let’s talk crossover. We haven’t dabbled into the genre yet in this column, so what better place to start than with Suicidal Tendencies‘ self-titled 1983 debut and D.R.I.‘s Dirty Rotten EP debut, also from 1983?

“We Were Punishing People”: A Review of Deadguy: Killing Music

September 21, 2021

The seminal sonic slaying of Deadguy gets the documentary treatment just ahead of the classic lineup’s first show in more than a quarter century at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest.

Five Times Harvcore Records Ruled

September 13, 2021

Revisiting hardcore label Harvcore Records.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Ross Hansen of Ingrown

September 2, 2021

Pissed-off ragers Ingrown recently released their debut album Gun, so we got vocalist/guitarist Ross Hansen to tell us what five heavy albums changed his life.

Fight Fire With Fire: ‘Vincebus Eruptum’ vs. ‘Population II’

August 26, 2021

For this Fight Fire With Fire installment, we go proto-metal and pit Blue Cheer and their 1968 debut Vincebus Eruptum, against the more obscure Randy Holden and his Population II.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Morbid Angel’s ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’

August 5, 2021

Crunching the numbers on Morbid Angel‘s ill-fated Illud Divinum Insanus and defending 54.55 percent of it.

Low Fidelity: Vintage Vinyl and The Precarious State of the Indie Record Store

July 29, 2021

Krieg’s Neill Jameson reflects on the closing of New Jersey’s legendary Vintage Vinyl and what it means for your favorite indie record store.

The Lazarus Pit: Toxik’s ‘World Circus’

July 22, 2021

Revisiting Toxik’s thrashtastic 1987 debut World Circus.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Destruction’s “Cracked Brain”

July 12, 2021

In which we reconsider thrash metal heroes Destruction‘s first Schimer-less foray, 1990’s overlooked Cracked Brain.

Top 5 Venues I Miss The Most by Aaron Beam (Red Fang)

July 5, 2021

Hard-workin’, heavy-rockin’ quartet Red Fang recall their Top 5 music venues. Fall 2021 tour announced. New album, Arrows, out now!

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Lennart Bossu of Amenra

July 1, 2021

To celebrate the release of their new album, De Doorn, we caught up with Amenra‘s Lennart Bossu to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Mike Thompson of Withered

June 24, 2021

To celebrate the release of Withered‘s new LP, Verloren, we caught up with vocalist/guitarist Mike Thompson to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.

Fight Fire with Fire: ‘Scum’ vs. ‘Horrified’

June 17, 2021

It’s an early-grindcore showdown as we try to figure out what album is better: Napalm Death‘s Scum or Repulsion‘s Horrified.

The Lazarus Pit: Sortilège’s ‘Métamorphose’

June 10, 2021

Revisiting Sortilège’s 1984 record Métamorphose and its English-language counterpart Metamorphosis.

Primitive Origins: The Power of Zeus’ ‘The Gospel According to Zeus’

June 3, 2021

Checking out the only album from The Power of Zeus to see if the tunes hold up in heaviness 51 years later.

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Blöthar of Gwar

May 27, 2021

To celebrate the release of Gwar’s new EP, The Disc With No Name, we caught up with vocalist Blöthar the Berserker to find out what five heavy albums changed his life.