Metal

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…

Reunited English Dogs Lineup Goes Forward Into Battle Again

January 17, 2012

As far as back-together-for-the-first-time-since-’85 reunions go, we’ll take a newly reformed English Dogs—one of the UKs prime purveyors of crossover back in the day—over Van Halen any day. And lucky for us here in the U.S., three-fifths of the lineup that brought us the essential-listening thrash classic Forward Into Battle—drummer Andrew “Pinch” Pinching, lead guitarist…

Anvil Ticket Giveaway: Lips! Vibrators! Metal!

January 10, 2012

We suckered you in with the giveaway, but in addition to that great offer, you’re gonna get more Anvil than you know what to do with. First, though, we’ll start with the tickets. Five lucky winners will receive a pair (that’s 2) of tickets to to see Canada’s finest old school metal-on-metal purveyors on Tue,…

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

December 29, 2011

Reviewing music is good, but really, everything needs to be reviewed. Bands, albums, riffs, chicks, scenes, zines: all of it. And venues especially. In order to help us review anything that could ever possibly be construed as “heavy metal,” the dudes from Ramming Speed will be offering their critiques of bars, clubs and basements across…

Metal Machine Music

December 20, 2011

Don’t worry, this post has nothing to do with Lou Reed or his 1975 two-LP celebration of noise as “music.” Although, given the choice of listening to that album or LuLu, we’d take the former in a heartbeat. But we digress. We’re actually here to distract you from the ridiculousness of the season with a…

Saviours & Ramming Speed – 11/30 – Brooklyn

December 15, 2011

This show was at Saint Vitus, a heavy metal bar in Brooklyn. The place has a separate room for the stage, which is nice, or rather, brutal. I’d like to go there when there’s no show, because it was packed. I was there to rock, not to brush my cock against a bunch of bearded…

The [Future] Cutest Kitties in Metal Live at Clover Cat Rescue

November 22, 2011

As evidenced by our “Cutest Kitties in Metal” article back in the December 2009 issue, we here at Decibel are staunch friends of the feline. Sure, goats are semi-regularly sacrificed at Decibel HQ whenever we need a little bump in subscription numbers, but no cats are ever harmed in the making of our hallowed mag….

Halloween Costume Breakdown 2011

November 3, 2011

I know what you’re thinking. “A little late for Halloween, idiot.” Wrong, idiot. I wrote this weeks ago. Just for kicks, this Halloween I decided I’d dress up as a “metal head.” I do, of course, listen to metal. But I’d say that my actual style is a lot more casual, since I usually don’t…

INTERVIEW: OAKLAND RIFF TITANS BRAINOIL END THE DROUGHT

August 5, 2011

Spare a thought for all those hardy underground searchlights who’d been holding their breath waiting for Oakland, CA power-trio Brainoil to follow up the riff ‘n’ tumble of 2003’s superlative self-titled debut. They will have been dead and buried now, asphyxiated, gone purple in the cheek from the eight-year stretch when bassist/vocalist Greg Wilkinson, guitarist/vocalist…

Wine Up – Beer Down

July 28, 2011

Alright, enough with the PBR and Bud already. It’s a bit juvenile to still be drinking beers like your in high school. Are you having another TV party tonight or what? You can still hit your wife with a chalice, so maybe it’s time to grow up some and sophisticate yourself with a nice bottle…