Heavy Metal

Label Spotlight: WYLN

June 26, 2017

New York City-based label WYLN is reissuing lost, classic heavy metal records including albums from Cyanide, Leather Nunn, Valhalla and Death Squad. 

Full Album Stream + Q&A: Duel – ‘Witchbanger’

April 21, 2017

Witchbanger, Duel‘s second LP, recalls a different time but is more than welcome today.

Label Report: Witches Brew

March 27, 2017

Witches Brew provide a home for underground death, thrash and heavy metal bands.

Full Album Stream: Mothership – ‘High Strangeness’

March 14, 2017

High Strangeness, the third full-length from Texas rockers Mothership, incorporates a variety of sounds and influences for a diverse and fun album.

The Decibel Tour Starts a Week From Today! Get Tickets!

March 10, 2017

We’re just one week from the start of the Decibel Magazine Tour 2017 featuring Kreator, Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous. Don’t miss out; tickets are still on sale!

Track Premiere: Saturn – ‘Still Young’

February 24, 2017

Swedish traditional metal group Saturn have a sound that is both old school and modern, something that remains apparent on “Still Young,” a single from their forthcoming sophomore album.

Track Premiere: Hyborian – ‘Maelstrom’

February 15, 2017

Hyborian‘s first record will tell the story of an intergalactic traveller. You can hear the first part of the tale now. 

Saxon – “Wheels of Steel”

January 4, 2017

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal wasn’t a movement. Until it was a movement. Early on, bands—mostly categorized as hard rock—merely created music the only way they knew how.

Cutting Room: Leftovers from Saxon’s Wheels of Steel Hall of Fame

December 26, 2016

For Saxon’s Wheels of Steel [February 2017, #148] interviews, we were able to gather all five original members. As required by Hall of Fame edict #1. The current and former members of Britain’s heavy metal legends couldn’t have been nicer and more talkative. Graham, Steve, Biff, Pete, and Paul spun all kinds of fun and interesting stories about the events leading up to landmark album Wheels of Steel and what happened shortly thereafter.

The Heavy Metal Bard: An Interview with Jason Tarpey of Eternal Champion

October 26, 2016

In which I discuss heavy metal, Sword & Sorcery fic, Manilla Road, the modern hardcore scene, and much more with Jason Tarpey, vocalist of Texas’ toughest epic heavy metal band, Eternal Champion.

Saxon’s Live Albums Ranked From Worst to Best

October 6, 2016

Saxon have enjoyed a prolific career, with a multitude of live albums. Inspired by their upcoming vinyl box set, The Vinyl Hoard, Season of Mist’s Greg Karlowitsch ranks Saxon’s already released live albums from worst to best.

Track Premiere: Evil Invaders are “Raising Hell”

September 21, 2016

Evil Invaders‘ “Raising Hell” is a speed-drenched, retro tune. 

Wretch

August 29, 2016

Wretch
A master’s return
dB rating: 8/10

Exclusive: Full Stream of Skeletonwitch’s ‘The Apothic Gloom’ EP!

August 15, 2016

The ‘Witch is Back! And The Apothic Gloom four-track EP features the best material of Skeletonwitch‘s career. Hear it now.

W.A.S.P. – “W.A.S.P.”

July 28, 2016

Flashback 1982. Hollywood, California. The various members of newly formed W.A.S.P., still high on George Miller’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior aesthetic, are in a friend’s metal shop.

Track Premier: Necromancing the Stone Go Traditional on “The Descent”

July 27, 2016

Necromancing the Stone has an all-star lineup and an upcoming record offering a new take on traditional heavy metal. 

Hammers of Misfortune

July 25, 2016

Dead Revolution
Full of life
dB rating: 9/10

NEW DAMIEN BLACK RELEASE BRINGS EARLY ’90S TRAD/PROG METAL TO 2016

July 21, 2016

You probably didn’t hear traditional metal powerhouse Damien Black in 1992, so, here’s a second chance.

Diamond Head

June 13, 2016

Diamond Head
>Heady Topper
dB rating: 8/10

Trad Metallers Spell Lift the veil on “The Veil”

May 20, 2016

Close out this week with your palms skyward via new trad metal from Canada’s Spell.

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).