Metal

Demons Slayed: Addiction Recovery and Heavy Metal

January 30, 2018

Profiling members of the local hardcore and grindcore scenes who have used extreme metal to help conquer their substance addictions.

Metal & Beer: Atlas Brew Works Hosts In-House Metal Shows

September 20, 2017

Who needs bars? Washington, D.C. brewery brings metal bands and fans together directly at the source of great craft beer.

Interview: Tau Cross’ Rob Miller on New Record and Being a ‘Supergroup’

July 20, 2017

Tau Cross‘ Rob “The Baron” Miller is interviewed by Neill Jameson on new album, being a ‘supergroup’ and recommended reading. 

Track Premiere: Prisoner – “Starve”

March 17, 2017

Prisoner stream a ferocious new track from their upcoming LP, Beyond the Infinite. 

Support the ACLU and Extreme Metal Today on Bandcamp

February 3, 2017

Bandcamp is donating 100% of their proceeds today to the ACLU in the continued fight for human rights around the world. Here are 5 releases to consider purchasing today. 

Talking to Longmont Potion Castle About His New Documentary And 30 Years Of Comedy

November 2, 2016

“Longmont Potion Castle is a ritual shared by many a band out on the road, in shitty vans nationwide trying not to succumb to the sights and smells of America and choosing to end it all by going into oncoming traffic. It’s as if he’s a shadow member of some of these bands without ever even meeting them.”

SEASONS IN SUBURBIA: EXCLUSIVE PLAYLIST & ‘TOONS FROM D.X. FERRIS’ “RAGING BULLSHIT”

July 6, 2016

Most Decibel readers likely know 6623 Press founder D.X. Ferris as one of the most incisive, dogged metal journalists around — the man who literally wrote the (absolutely indispensable) books on both Reign in Blood and Slayer’s “Jeff and Dave” years.  

Discharge

May 16, 2016

End of Days
Heart-D-beat of a nation
dB rating: 8/10

Deciblog Interview: Nunslaughter

January 19, 2015

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…

BREWTAL TRUTH: Drink This Now!

April 4, 2014

We have two beer loves that are in direct contrast to each other: malty German brews and über-hoppy North American brews. These two things have nothing in common taste-wise. They are, of course, brewed with the same ingredients, but the ratios and the particular types of key ingredients used—such as hops, malt and yeast—are dramatically…

It’s MLB Opening Day and Your Team Doesn’t Suck (Yet)!

March 31, 2014

Why does every baseball fan everywhere look forward to opening day of Major League Baseball more than any other day of the season? For some it’s the only day their team isn’t in the cellar (Houston) or languishing in mediocrity (Chicago Cubs) or headed toward another 100-loss season (Seattle). For others it’s the possibility of…

BREWTAL TRUTH: The Next Generation

March 28, 2014

We’ll get the self-congratulatory crap out of the way right up front. We’ve been writing about craft beer in America’s only monthly extreme music magazine since 2009. No one else was writing about beer and metal at the time. So, we’ll go ahead and plant the we-were-there-first flag in that one. But, if you’ve been…

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Despumation Press

September 27, 2013

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… Writer/editor extraordinaire Kriscinda Lee Everitt‘s brand new Despumation Press “seeks to champion writing that explores the diverse themes metal customarily addresses using language in such a way as to evoke the feeling…

Cauldron: The Final Chapter

July 2, 2013

We asked Toronto’s premiere purveyors of “true, unadulterated heavy metal” Cauldron to keep tabs on the havoc and devastation left behind in the wake of the band’s epic America’s Lost tour and dudes did not disappoint. (See earlier posts here and here.) We couldn’t resist beginning the third diary entry at Orion Fest before going…

Real Life Leprechaun: Cauldron Tour Diary Part II

June 4, 2013

We asked Toronto’s premiere purveyors of “true, unadulterated heavy metal” Cauldron to keep tabs on the havoc and devastation left in the wake of the band’s epic America’s Lost tour and dudes did not disappoint. Part I lives here. Part II is posted below. Purchase the excellent Tomorrow’s Lost here. A handful of remaining dates…

Better Living Through Metal: Featuring Iceage

May 28, 2013

Iceage may be young bucks creating some of the most intriguing/enlivening post-punk noise rock out there these days, but spinning the excellent You’re Nothing we had a hunch the much-lauded Copenhagen quartet might have ingested some metal along the way, too — and wound up getting this uber-sophisticated list of five extremely extreme favorites from…

EXCLUSIVE: From Hell premiere “Unholy” from forthcoming LP, Heresy

May 20, 2013

“Thrash, Gothic, D-beat” . . . From Hell can spin their sound any number of ways, but, the truth is, they are probably having a bit of mischief with a description of a sound that pulls in as many different directions as there are explodo-throat moments of fierce, faceripping freak-outery on debut album, Heresy. Released…

Jim Van Bebber on Metal, Part 2

May 1, 2013

Jim Van Bebber’s audacious underground masterpiece The Manson Family recently finished its first proper domestic screening run in a decade. The following is the second half of our lengthy interview with the underground director (read the first half here). In this installment: rejection in Hollywood, Philip Anselmo and modern music. ***** When did you decide…

Jim Van Bebber On Metal #1

April 3, 2013

For three decades, Jim Van Bebber has been one of the most abrasive, iconoclastic filmmakers in the American underground. His debut feature Deadbeat At Dawn was a perfect rendition of 60s biker films shot guerilla style on the streets of his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. His mini-feature My Sweet Satan is an updated retelling of…

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Dark Discoveries

March 1, 2013

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…

Full Album Stream: Venomous Maximus — “Beg Upon The Light”

October 24, 2012

Venomous Maximus isn’t a cover band that does a cool version of “Witching Hour.” This Houston band likes riffs, penned a song that’s an indirect ode to King Diamond (see below) and has earned comparisons to Pentagram and Electric Wizard. We’ll gladly take that over a Cronos impersonation. For your exclusive streaming pleasure, Venomous Maximus…

STREAMING: Lecherous Gaze — “War Woman”

September 12, 2012

We get a lot of music in these parts that doesn’t make you feel good. So dB will gladly accept sweet party anthems secure in the knowledge that many readers give ample spins to Appetite for Destruction when they are claiming to dissect some obscure 80-minute black metal opus. “War Woman” comes from Oakland’s Lecherous…

Call Of The Wild Song Premiere! “Breaking Shit”

August 21, 2012

Breaking Shit by Decibel Magazine It’s strange to be premiering a song off Leave Your Leather On because I’ve been blasting the album for weeks. (It pays to be a big-time journalist.) And yes, I know – I guess these guys forgot about that Limp Biscuit song. Who cares? Stuff still has to get broken…

Dive Bombs and Dive Bars #4 – Ramming Speed’s Guide to America’s Rock n’ Roll Venues

July 13, 2012

For the love of speed trials: another dose of Dive Bombs and Dive Bars – heavy metal venue reviews from everywhere across this blasted country. In this installment, Jonah Livingston, Ramming Speed’s blastbeat stopwatch, takes us to Boston, for a review of a venue in his home town. Great Scott Venue Allston, MA I must…

Beer + Metal + Youtube = High Comedy

May 15, 2012

Yes, we know this about the laziest kind of post we can throw on yon Deciblog, but good christ we could not pass up the opportunity to share these. The simplest search on Youtube netted us some gems that 1) we could not stop watching and 2) were so bizarre as to make us wonder…

Live review || Cancer Bats Pentagram tour, London

April 23, 2012

Even if you’re not a red-hot Cancer Bats fan you’ve got to admire a spectacular set-piece like this. In part to launch new album Dead Set on Living but totally to rise to a challenge from their booking agent, the Toronto punk-metal road hounds scheduled a one-day tour of London, with six shows routed in…

Exclusive Author & Punisher Song Premiere

March 13, 2012

There’s no denying the intense visual impact of seeing Author & Punisher (ne Tristan Shone) perform using machines and speakers he has crafted himself. We’ll admit to being utterly mesmerized by it. Thus we are stoked to be exclusively premiering a brand new track—the opener “Terrorbird”—from Author & Punisher’s upcoming album Ursus Americanus on Seventh…

Q&A: Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta on new crossover project Iron Reagan

February 6, 2012

The phone just kept ringing out and going to Tony Foresta’s voicemail. We tried a few times, on each occasion considering leaving a “horny message” at the beep, as requested by the Municipal Waste frontman. It feels now like an opportunity missed. Ach, no matter, it was all cool. Foresta wasn’t dogging the call, obviously,…

Black Insect Laughter present: “Top 5 albums to download before they shut down the internet”

January 26, 2012

The sirens have sounded, and gears too big to comprehend are turning. In the wake of MegaUpload swallowing a massive Viral Load, it’s time to hurry up and download anything at all that you think you might need in your music catalog. It’s crunch time. Our laissez faire internet and “music is free attitude” may…