Hall of Fame


March 2, 2018

While the trio of albums Blodhemn, Mardraum: Beyond the Within and Monumension afforded Enslaved a very wide and superbly deep palette from which to draw, sculpt and splatter their blend of black, Viking and progressive metal, something wasn’t quite right. The feelings and intentions of the aforementioned albums were pure, but the Norwegians had corrupted…

Paradise Lost

February 12, 2018

Icon is inducted into the Hall of Fame.


January 4, 2018

Kreator‘s Pleasure to Kill is inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame.

Monster Magnet

December 4, 2017

Spine of God is inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame.

Focus – “Moving Waves”

October 5, 2017

According to BBC Radio DJ Bob Harris, demand was so great for Focus LPs by 1972 that the band’s British label, Polydor, simultaneously ran vinyl at all five of its record plants around the clock. The Dutch quartet’s second full-length album, Moving Waves—alternately titled Focus II—is one of the least-probable success stories of the early…

Prong – “Beg to Differ”

August 16, 2017

The making of Prong‘s Beg to Differ.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Accept’s Restless and Wild

June 15, 2017

We revisited and ranked the songs on Accept’s classic, Hall of Fame-inducted, album Restless and Wild.

Emperor – ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ 20th Anniversary Hall Of Fame Edition Vinyl Now Available

April 26, 2017

Emperor‘s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is a black metal classic, further cemented by its induction into Decibel‘s Hall of Fame. Now you can own the 20th anniversary Hall of Fame edition album on vinyl. 

Hall of Fame Countdown: Saxon’s Wheels of Steel

February 9, 2017

To celebrate our recent induction of Saxon’s NWOBHM classic Wheels of Steel into our Hall of Fame, we ranked each song on the album from least this-rules to most this-rules.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Entombed’s ‘Clandestine’

January 12, 2017

We recently inducted Entombed’s classic second album into our Hall of Fame; let’s take a few minutes to examine it closely one more time, ranking each song from worst to best.

Entombed’s “Clandestine” Inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame

November 10, 2016

Reunited Swedish death metal gods Entombed get their second Decibel Hall of Fame induction (11 years after their first!) for the classic Clandestine in the December Decibel

The Visual Artists of Neurosis

September 21, 2016

Throughout their career, the visual artists of Neurosis have been as important to the band as the musicians. Read their commentary in this feature.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Cradle of Filth’s The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

July 6, 2016

British black metal blasphemers Cradle of Filth recently joined forces with Cacophonous Records to release the original recording of Dusk…and Her Embrace (called The Original Sin, out July 8th). To celebrate, Decibel revisits the first collaboration between the band and label: 1994’s sanguinary trailblazer The Principle of Evil Made Flesh.

Mastodon – “Leviathan”

April 27, 2016

Recently, I stumbled across a graffiti mural that read, “Every winner was once a beginner.” This got the gears turning, thinking about how long it’s been since Mastodon was considered an unknown, underground entity.

Satan – “Court in the Act”

April 1, 2016

By the time 1983 rolled around, those bands participating within the loose construct known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal had become well aware that there was more to their scene and sound than playing time-tested and amped-up blues-based riffs in the back rooms of pubs or moldy rehearsal rooms.

Fates Warning – “Awaken the Guardian”

March 2, 2016

Fates Warning leader, guitarist and chief songwriter Jim Matheos will be living parallel lives in 2016. He’s helming the writing and recording of the band’s 12th album with the current lineup, and will concurrently assemble a lineup from the band’s distant past, including guitarist Frank “X” Aresti plus co-founders John Arch (vocals), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums).

Converge – “You Fail Me”

January 4, 2016

In 1982, L.A. synth-poppers Missing Persons scored a minor Billboard hit with “Destination Unknown” (“Has it all been said and done? / I know I’ll leave when it’s my time to go / ’Til then I’ll carry on with what I know”).

Sacrifice – “Forward to Termination”

November 24, 2015

The story of the emergent popularity of Sacrifice’s second album, Forward to Termination, is a shining example of how media used to work and things “went viral” in the days before the internet gave power to trending tweets and twats.

Hall of Fame Countdown: King Diamond’s Abigail

November 12, 2015

King Diamond and crew are currently slaying their way across the U.S. playing Abigail in its entirety, so what better time to break down our 84th entry into the Hall of Fame?

Contest: Win Violation Wound’s Double Album Omnibus

November 3, 2015

Tell us what hardcore album should be inducted into the HOF next, win an album. Good deal!

Reverend Bizarre – “In the Rectory of the Bizarre Reverend”

October 27, 2015

Over the length of their relatively short, yet remarkably productive, career, Reverend Bizarre distinguished themselves as a highly literate and darkly humorous band, and one of the doom metal genre’s most ardent conservationists and crusaders.

Napalm Death – “From Enslavement to Obliteration”

September 28, 2015

This particular iteration of Napalm Death was notably short-lived, but the sheer amount the quartet was able to accomplish in a two-year run between the summer of ’87 and summer of ’89 is absolutely mental.

Autopsy: The Illustrated History (HOF Bonus)

August 12, 2015

In the latest issue, Autopsy joins our revered two-time Hall Of Fame Club, which includes metal stalwarts like Celtic Frost, Carcass and At The Gates. To commemorate the Severed Survival HOF we’re printing our exclusive “Illustrated History” of Autopsy with Eric Cutler and Chris Reifert from late 2013.  

Autopsy – “Severed Survival”

July 28, 2015

All kinds of heavy shit happened in 1989. The Soviet Union crumbled; Salman Rushdie pissed off the Grand Iranian Poobah; the Exxon Valdez spilled black gold all over pristine Alaskan coastline; Pope John Paul II evacuated holy bowels in Africa; and Ron Hextall scored a goal in the NHL playoffs.

Slaughter – “Strappado”

July 7, 2015

Slaughter’s Strappado hits closer to home for this particular hack than any of our previous entries. That’s because Slaughter hailed from the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, home to a ridiculously disproportionate number of metalheads in the ’80s.