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Extreme Reading: An Interview with Author Dean Swinford

August 14, 2017 James Basile

Read an interview with extremely extreme author Dean Swinford on his new book, Death Metal Epic: Book II: Goat Song Sacrifice now!

Conflict is Inevitable: An Interview with Moral Void

August 10, 2017 Neill Jameson

Unhinged blackened hardcore trio Moral Void have an explosive debut record with Deprive. Delve further into the madness.

Still Screaming After Thirty-Six Years: An Interview with Raw Power

August 3, 2017 Kevin Stewart-Panko

A couple months ago, with an almost devil-may-care, casual shoulder shrug, one of my all-time favourite bands in the history of forever, Italian hardcore legends Raw Power, quietly released their new album. We caught up with vocalist Mauro Codeluppi to discuss growing old, not giving a shit and the time they played with G’N’R.

Possessed Since Dawn: An Interview with Immolation’s Ross Dolan

July 5, 2017 Sean Frasier

Immolation vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan discusses the past, present, and future of death metal in an extended interview from the August 2017 genre-exploring cover story.

Q&A: Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach On ‘Alive Or Just Breathing’ & Killswitch Engage Beer

May 4, 2017 Vince Bellino

Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach talks to Decibel about the fifteen-year anniversary of Alive or Just Breathing and Killswitch’s new beer collaboration with Cigar City Brewing. 

Decibel Editor-in-Chief Albert Mudrian Interviewed On Fathoming Heavy Podcast

May 4, 2017 Vince Bellino

Decibel Editor-in-Chief Albert Mudrian appeared on Fathoming Heavy podcast to talk about The Decibel Tour, Choosing Death and more. 

A Conversation With Nightbringer (Full Interview)

April 12, 2017 Jesse Chase

Read a full interview from USBM titans Nightbringer. 

Q&A: Arthur Brown On The Roots Of Metal and Art In Times Of Social Upheaval

March 7, 2017 Justin Norton

Decibel talked to psychedelic pioneer Arthur Brown about his role in the birth of metal and why art flourishes in times of political and social upheaval. 

Q&A: Edward Banchs, author of “Heavy Metal Africa”

February 13, 2017 Justin Norton

Decibel talks to the author of the excellent new book Heavy Metal Africa

Q&A: East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys) on Trump, The Internet And His Revolutionary Guitar Sound

November 21, 2016 Justin Norton

Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray sat down for a rare interview with Decibel and discussed Trump, his inimitable guitar style and how the Internet breeds fascism. 

Full Album Stream and Q&A: Cardinal Wyrm’s ‘Cast Away Souls’

October 12, 2016 Justin Norton

Stream Cardinal Wyrm’s upcoming album Cast Away Souls and read a Q&A with the band.

Metal Muthas Mondays: Noisem

August 29, 2016 Justin Norton

Every so often, we take a little time on Mondays to pay tribute to the Muthas! That is, reprinting the adorable metal/maternal Q&As that run in the magazine. Today, enjoy Justin Norton’s chat with Wendy Phillips, mutha of Sebastian and Harley Phillips of Noisem.

The Decibel Interview: Sabbath Assembly (w/ticket contest)

July 18, 2016 Justin Norton

We talked to David Nuss and Jamie Myers about Sabbath Assembly’s reinvention and the importance of tribe and tradition. We’re also giving away a set of tickets and shirt to their upcoming tour.

Summer Camp For Metalheads: A Q&A With Shadow Woods Metal Fest Promoter MA Spiro

June 27, 2016 Justin Norton

Promoter M A Spiro is looking to offer a better festival experience for the discerning fan metal with the curated Shadow Woods Metal Fest. She talked to us about what campers can expect. 

Decibel Q&A: Shane Baker of Alaric

June 6, 2016 Justin Norton

Alaric vocalist and lyricist Shane Baker talked to Decibel about death rock, learning to sing and End of Mirrors

Stream “Kaleidoscopic Orgies” from Upcoming Imperial Triumphant EP (+Interview!)

April 5, 2016 James Lewis

“The diversity of this record is the fundamental concept behind Imperial Triumphant. The band from New York City must sound like New York City. And there’s no place on earth more culturally diverse than here”

In Search Of… Sera Timms On The Mystical Art Of Tarot

December 1, 2015 Justin Norton

Sera Timms of Ides Of Gemini talked to us about her path in an ancient art often derided as fortune telling and why there’s more to it than many expect.

Q&A: Wrestling Legend Chris Jericho On His Collaboration With Death Metal Greats

September 2, 2015 Justin Norton

 Chris Jericho is one of the most decorated professional wrestlers ever: a six-time world champion and the first-ever undisputed WWE champion. He is also one of the most vocal celebrity metal fans on the planet as well as a metal musician who has toured the world repeatedly with his band Fozzy. Jericho’s latest project, however, might be the only one that could earn the extreme moniker.

The Deciblog Interview: Rae Amitay (Immortal Bird)

August 25, 2015 Justin Norton

Immortal Bird vocalist Rae Amitay talked to us about Eminem albums, music school and the difference between keeping the rhythm and fronting a band.

Appalachian Noir: The Deciblog Interview with Chris “OJ” Ojeda of Byzantine

June 30, 2015 Justin Norton

The proverbial long way to the top has definitely been a long one for Byzantine, which started in a part of rural West Virginia with minimal access to heavy metal and widespread economic problems. Many of the band’s best songs since their formation have touched on the problems of Appalachia, particularly rampant prescription drug abuse. Decibel  talked to frontman Chris “OJ” Ojeda about his long metal apprenticeship and one of the world’s most dangerous jobs: prescription pharmacy delivery driver in rural America. 

Making Napalm: Q&A With Napalm Death Producer Russ Russell

May 6, 2015 Justin Norton

One of the reasons Napalm Death has been so successful is their relationship with producer Russ Russell. Russell has worked with the band since 2000 and will probably be with them when they are making albums in their 70s. He joined us from England for a chat on working with the grind legends. 

The Deciblog Interview: Tad Doyle

March 9, 2015 Justin Norton

Tad Doyle has preached the Gospel of heaviness for the better part of his life. His seminal band TAD was one of the first out of the gate in Seattle’s grunge movement and one of the earliest bands signed to the legendary Sub Pop label. Although they never achieved the massive crossover success of their…

Deciblog Interview: Nunslaughter

January 19, 2015 Justin Norton

Nunslaughter has been recording mandatory underground metal since 1987, a time when extreme metal was largely in retreat and teased hair was the norm. The band has been led for close to three decades by the inimitable Don Of The Dead (Donald Crotsley) a walking metal encyclopedia content to release the bulk of his band’s…

Season Of The Witch: The Ideas Behind Metal’s Occult Revival

January 12, 2015 Justin Norton

Any astute follower of metal in the past five years has likely noticed a huge uptick in the number of bands with a proto-70s sound and occult themes: The Devil’s Blood, Sabbath Assembly, Blood Ceremony and The Oath. A few of these bands have been on Decibel’s cover: In Solitude and Ghost B.C. (twice). While…

2014: The Year In Deciblog Interviews

December 29, 2014 Justin Norton

It’s instructive to look back at a collection of work over the course of a year. During 2014 we’ve endeavored to get you as many interviews we could on Mondays and Wednesdays in addition to streaming tracks, which are sort of a default necessity in music writing these days. If you take a look you’ll…

Inside The Shredder’s Studio #15: Jeremy Wagner (Take 2)

December 23, 2014 Justin Norton

Broken Hope’s Jeremy Wagner sat down with us beginning last week for his four-part shredder’s studio. Here is the second installment from the death metal veteran turned author. We’ll be running the final two takes at a time to be revealed in 2015. — Savatage: Sirens (title track) (1983) The guitar work of Criss Oliva…

Q&A and Album Stream: Boddicker

November 19, 2014 Justin Norton

If you don’t dig deep into the demos reviewed in our print edition you will miss many gems. Case in point: Boddicker‘s nasty little album Crime Upheaval, which reminded us of classics like World Downfall and Misery Index with Brujeria theatrics. Boddicker is actually the name of the villian in the original Robocop so there’s…

Thou’s Heathen: Studio Report Outtakes

October 29, 2014 Justin Norton

In early 2013, Thou vocalist Bryan Funck sent us wonderful responses on the writing and recording of Thou’s 2014 album Heathen. The issue: we only had enough space for our customary studio report and had to cherry pick details. As people begin to consider their best-of lists Heathen will doubtless be one of the albums…

The Deciblog Interview: Midnight

October 27, 2014 Justin Norton

Midnight is actually one man. Jamie Walters — a.k.a. Athenar — handles all instruments and vocals. Although the band has been around for more than a decade their profile has risen exponentially since the release of Satanic Royalty. Midnight will likely be lurking around some best of lists for the 2014 follow-up No Mercy For…