Legendary Italian Composer Fabio Frizzi Revisits Cult Horror Classic with ‘Zombie: Composer’s Cut’
May 30, 2023 Dillon Collins
Decibel caught up with the Italian maestro for a deep dive into his career and relationship with the prolific Fulci, a deep analysis into building a creepy score and a re-examination on all things Zombie.
Horror Slash Punk: The Inside Story of the “Straight Edge Kegger”
July 28, 2021 Shawn Macomber
You may think clean living and bloodbaths are mutually exclusive, but the punk slasher Straight Edge Kegger suggests otherwise.
Heavy Metal Slumber Party: An Extremely Extreme Watchlist
January 4, 2021 Emily Bellino
Dig into some of the most-metal horror movies on streaming services.
Exclusive Excerpt: Exhumed Mastermind Matt Harvey’s Gore-Drenched Cosmic Horror Novelette “The Vessel”
September 30, 2020 Shawn Macomber
Trading riffs for ‘graphs, Exhumed/Gruesome slayer Matt Harvey deftly summons alternate reality nightmares with “The Vessel.”
Track Premiere: Axeslasher — “Intro/The Axeslasher (Live)”
September 2, 2020 Shawn Macomber
Killer Denver, Colorado horror metal outfit Axeslasher reemerges from the shadows with a wild and nasty new live album.
Video Premiere: Duskwalker – “Shadowcreeper”
April 22, 2020 Sean Frasier
Canadian death cult Duskwalker lure listeners into a brutal tale of terror in the Rabidog Films music video for “Shadowcreeper.”
Track Premiere: Chris Alexander — “Shock Waves”
April 8, 2020 Shawn Macomber
Dark maestro Chris Alexander is back with a sexy, nightmarish new record that definitely defies quarantine.
Video Nasties’ Killer Death ‘n’ Roll “Dominion”
March 4, 2020 Shawn Macomber
Horror cinema obsessed melodic death ‘n’ rollers Video Nasties take you behind the scenes of the band’s wild full-length debut.
Video Premiere: VHS – ‘Let’s Get Gruesome’
August 20, 2019 Emily Bellino
What kind of sick horror freak would you be without watching the new VHS video?
Full Album Stream: Outre-Tombe – “Nécrovortex”
October 12, 2018 Dutch Pearce
Quebec’s horror-themed death metal crushers Outre-Tombe return with a scary-good new album and we’ve got the exclusive stream, plus a brief interview with the band’s guitarist!
Nicolas Cage’s Weapon in ‘Mandy’ Was Inspired by Celtic Frost Logo
September 14, 2018 Emily Bellino
Nicolas Cage wields a Celtic Frost-inspired weapon in psychedelic horror film Mandy.
Listen: Cadabra Records to Release Reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’
August 16, 2018 Emily Bellino
Famed composer Fabio Frizzi scores a new reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat.”
Video Premiere: Nathaniel Shannon And The Vanishing Twin – ‘Trespasses’
March 9, 2017 Emily Bellino
Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin premiere another unsettling video addition to their collection in support of Trespasses.
THE DARK ARTS MEETS BLACK METAL THIS WEEKEND IN PHILLY
November 9, 2016 Shawn Macomber
This Saturday (11/12) at the Dark Arts — a Philly-based “collaborative organization made up of like-minded individuals who live and breath all things dark and heavy” — brings a multimedia smorgasbord of malevolence to the City of Brotherly Love with “Black Metal”: In addition to performances by five crazy sick bands — Anicon, Wayfarer, Surgeon, Necroscythe, and Dreadlords — the event will also feature renegade art and readings by dark authors, including current and past Decibel contributors Sean Frasier, Dutch Pearce, and Andrew Bonazelli.
EXHUMED/GRUESOME AXEMAN MATT HARVEY CHOPS HIS WAY INTO HORROR COMICS VIA “HOWL”
October 26, 2016 Shawn Macomber
Matt Harvey joins forces with acclaimed artist Kelly Williams (The Cabinet, Eerie) for the deliciously demented banshee-centered graphic novel romp, Howl — and the velocity and transgressive brutality the Exhumed/Gruesome vocalist/guitarist delivers in this new realm is totally what horror-obsessed metalheads would hope for from the guy behind Gore Metal, Slaughtercult, and Necrocracy.
Harvey was kind enough to give Decibel the inside scoop on the comic — the second volume in Williams’ multi-author series The Dark — out on Halloween via Alterna Comics.
LIFE OF AGONY’S ALAN ROBERT TALKS “THE BEAUTY OF HORROR” & HIS TOP FIVE HORROR GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR METALHEADS
October 19, 2016 Shawn Macomber
Over the last several years Life of Agony bassist/songwriter Alan Robert has built a fascinating second career as a author/illustrator in the world of dark, cutting-edge graphic novels such as Wire Hangers (2010), Crawl to Me (2011), and Killogy (2012). This month the multitalented provocateur turns his attention to subverting and desecrating the adult coloring book craze with the delectably demented The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book — a “blood-soaked alternative,” in the words of its accompanying press release, that will take unsuspecting colored-pencil wielders “on a twisted journey through bizarre carnivals, the zombie apocalypse, serial killer lairs, and haunted burial grounds.”
Video Premiere: Take Over and Destroy – “Let Me Grieve”
October 7, 2016 Emily Bellino
Get creepy with Take Over and Destroy and some creature features in this new video.
Friday the 13th: Horror/Slasher Movie Top 5s from Exhumed, Ghoul & Arcana 13
May 13, 2016 Albert Mudrian
Exhumed, Ghoul and Arcana 13 members weigh in with horror and slasher flick favorites in honor of today’s metal “holiday.”
Blood, Bats & Blast Beats: An Interview with The Faculty of Horror’s Andrea Subissati
October 29, 2015 Matt Solis
Andrea Subissati is a Toronto-based sociologist, writer and co-host of The Faculty of Horror podcast. We talked to her ahead of All Hallows’ Eve to get her take on horror, metal and why the two are eternally intertwined.
Pulp (Audio) Horror: Exclusive Crypticus Premiere!
August 5, 2014 Shawn Macomber
Hot on the shambling undead heels of the uber-sick 2013 full-length The Barrens, Denver’s masters of smart, dark n’ dirty death metal Crypticus are set to return with Chains for Devils, the second in the band’s Horror Grind Mixtape series — i.e. “an original Death Metal mini-anthology designed to confound, horrify, & delight.” This morning,…
The Corn Is Back On the Macabre
August 20, 2013 Shawn Macomber
There has never been a shortage of bands in extreme music eager to wed horror cinema imagery to brutal riffage, but few have ever managed to do so with as much skill, class, or cleverness as avant grinders Corn on Macabre. A few months back the defunct band unleashed the towering, essential Discographic Violence retrospective…
Tales From the Metalnomicon: Kier-La Janisse
April 12, 2013 Shawn Macomber
Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a new twice-monthly column delving into the surprisingly vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors… In her exquisitely rendered, frequently disquieting, always edifying new book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films well-respected critic, festival programmer and King Diamond…
Tales From the Metalnomicon: James Newman
March 29, 2013 Shawn Macomber
Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a twice-monthly column delving into the surprisingly vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors… Tales first encountered the infernally enchanting work of James Newman when the stalwart badasses over at Shock Totem re-released his uber-excellent “ode to 1980s horror” The Wicked last year, and subsequent forays into…
Tales From the Metalnomicon: Dark Discoveries
March 1, 2013 Shawn Macomber
Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a twice-monthly column delving into the surprisingly vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors… Though the teeming masses may not have caught on quite yet, Dark Discoveries has long been one of the absolute best magazines for lovers of horror fiction/culture, casting an aesthetic net wide enough…
A Beast Conceived: Introducing Howling
February 19, 2013 Shawn Macomber
The most aptly titled release of the year so far is almost certainly Howling’s A Beast Conceived — a hellacious sonic amalgamation of Heartwork, Ride the Lightning, and Tom G. Warrior-style sinister riffage fronted by the restless extreme music paragon Vanessa Nocera and brimming with lyrical homages to cult horror movie classics like The Beast…
Brick By Brick: Travis Campbell Commits Heavy Metal Musical Murder
April 5, 2012 Shawn Macomber
The eponymous antihero of the Troma Entertainment joint Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical awakens from a night of hot carnal action to find his comely young sweetheart missing and a bullet lodged in his forehead. His reaction is a bit unorthodox: He breaks into song…and then starts cracking skulls with his kiln-fired namesake,…