hair metal

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.

Track Premiere: Striker – ‘Born to Lose’

January 23, 2017

“Without big money bullshit (the quartet’s 100% independent) Striker have struck an ideal balance between nostalgic hooks and blue collar work ethic.”

Soldier Under Command: The Testimony of Stryper’s Michael Sweet

March 6, 2014

So many bands give the devil all the gloryIt’s hard to understand, we want to change the story We want to rock one way, on and on… Hard to believe nearly thirty years have passed since Stryper frontman Michael Sweet threw down that gauntlet with a crooning roar on the Yellow and Black Attack anthem…

1991 Revisited: 20 Years Later and Metal Bands Are Still Bitter

December 13, 2011

The end of the year is always a time for reflection. Decibel‘s infuriating “Best of 2011” issue is out, and between angry emails sent to the magazine’s editors excoriating them for “fucking it up once again,” thoughts inevitably turn toward recollections of the past. We’re now 20 years removed from “the year that punk broke”—that…