NWOBHM

Full Album Stream: Savage Master – ‘Myth, Magic & Steel’

October 23, 2019

Louisville leather-fiends Savage Master unmask their newest offering of devilish ragers on their Myth, Magic & Steel LP.

Full Album Stream: Screamer – ‘Highway of Heroes’

October 9, 2019

Swedish hell machines Screamer take a leather-clad trad metal joyride on their newest triumphant record, Highway of Heroes.

Q&A: Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) Talks Twin Leads & XLIX

May 13, 2019

Wishbone Ash guitarist and founding member Andy Powell regales Decibel about the past, the present, and the future.

Judas Priest – “Stained Class”

May 1, 2018

Judas Priest‘s Stained Class takes its place in the Decibel Hall of Fame.

Track Premiere: Pagan Altar – ‘Dance of the Vampires’

July 27, 2017

Listen to a new song from NWOBHM group Pagan Altar, their last with late vocalist Terry Jones.

Tank’s ‘Filth Hounds of Hades’ Inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame

July 13, 2017

British heavy metal luminaries Tank bulldoze their way into the Decibel Hall of Fame. Pick up the August issue (#154) to read the making of Filth Hounds of Hades.

Tank – “Filth Hounds of Hades”

July 6, 2017

March 1982. Maggie Thatcher lords over a dangerously unemployed U.K. with a hatchet face, a controversial economic policy and “a voice like a cat sliding down a blackboard.” The Falklands War debacle is just weeks away.

Exhumed’s Matt Harvey talks new trad metal project Pounder

June 22, 2017

We caught up with Pounder’s Matt Harvey to talk about how his new trad metal project is really more similar to his extreme metal bands than you might think.

Full Album Stream: Rebel Wizard – ‘Triumph of Gloom’

February 22, 2017

Rebel Wizard‘s unique sound, self-described as “negative metal,” is an unholy marriage of black, thrash and power metal with a healthy dose of NWoBHM thrown in. Stream their album Triumph of Gloom in full now. 

Saxon’s “Wheels of Steel” Inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame

January 4, 2017

Saxon‘s NWOBHM building block Wheels of Steel enters Decibel’s Hall of Fame.

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.

Nick Bowcott to Join Grim Reaper for Two US Shows

October 5, 2016

The NWOBHM band’s original guitarist will join them for two shows in Los Angeles and Phoenix on their upcoming tour.  

Track Premiere: Evil Invaders are “Raising Hell”

September 21, 2016

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

Diamond Head

June 13, 2016

Diamond Head
>Heady Topper
dB rating: 8/10

Premiere: Step up to BAT with the Full-Album Stream of “Wings of Chains”

June 10, 2016

Friday is for flying rodents. Or NWOBHM supergroups featuring members of Municipal Waste, Volture, and D.R.I. — your choice. 

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.

Full Album Stream: Monolith’s “Against The Wall Of Forever”

February 6, 2015

Last week, we debuted the track “Caravan” from Monolith’s soon to be released album Against The Wall Of Forever. It turns out that there is a pretty decent audience for the band’s proto NWOBHM sounds. So, our friends at the new label Funeral Noise Records (a spinoff of death metal staple Gore House) asked if…

Streaming: Monolith’s “Caravan”

January 28, 2015

Gore House Productions is known for their embrace of some of the most depraved death metal on the planet. The bulk of their catalog would be considered NSFW. But gore-hound-in-chief Carlos Matt is launching a sister label called Funeral Noise Records that aims to embrace different and, dare we say, more accessible metal. Decibel got…

The Deciblog Interview: Paul Di’Anno

October 20, 2014

“A lot has been written and said about me through the years — most of it bad, some of it untrue.” That’s the opening of the 2010 Paul Di’Anno biography The Beast, which reads more like a gritty LA noir novel than a musical memoir. If you were to read the book — a combination…

Spell Song Premiere: “Possessed By Heavy Metal”

March 21, 2014

Candles?  Flowing hair?  Human bones?  Leather?  Bullet belts?  A moustache?  Song titles like “Shocker” and “Possessed by Heavy Metal”?  We all know what this leads to… Vancouver rollickers Spell used to be called Stryker, and under that earlier name the trio released an EP and a split full of trad-heavy love.  Next month, they’ve enlisted…

INTERVIEW: Tommy Mezmercardo on being The Mezmerist

August 19, 2013

In 1985, a kid by the name of Tommy Memzercardo released “The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty”, an off-kilter fantasy/epic metal EP featuring Bill Ward on drums. Back then, the former Black Sabbath drummer couldn’t be credited for legal reasons, while Memzercardo was a mystery all of his own, calling himself The Mezmerist and playing…

INTERVIEW: Steve Ramsey on keeping the devil out of Satan’s resurrection

April 8, 2013

That Satan were one of the most slept-on bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal because of their name is a cruel irony. For a genre that adopted the devil as chief muse and aesthetic patriarch, Satan should have fitted right in; acceptance should have been instant. But while Satan, too, were a…

LIVE EVIL FESTIVAL 2013 ANNOUNCED

February 27, 2013

Live Evil Festival 2013 will take place on October 18th-20th at the Highbury Garage, London, with two UK exclusive shows from reformed NWOBHM elders SATAN and Ohio slayers MIDNIGHT already confirmed. With bands picked on the condition that they’ve featured in Fenriz of Darkthrone’s Band of the Week blog, Live Evil is resolutely, 100% fundamentally…

Pagan Altar “The Time Lord” EP remastered and reissued on CD

July 30, 2012

English N.W.O.B.H.M./doom elders Pagan Altar will release remastered EP The Time Lord through Shadow Kingdom Records on 11 September 2012. Having previously only available limited vinyl runs, The Time Lord has hitherto harder to find than a taxi on New Year’s Eve, a pint of unicorn milk, etc… This is the first time it has…

IN SOLITUDE INTERVIEW: Frontman Hornper on The World. The Flesh. The Devil.

January 6, 2012

According to the wholly democratic, incorruptible and failsafe Decibel End of Year Poll, In Solitude’s superlative The World. The Flesh. The Devil. was officially the fourth-best album of 2011. (Yeah, in reality it was probably like the third best, but that doesn’t matter, not really. The thing is not to sleep on it.) The coltish…

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Diamond Head’s “Canterbury”

October 5, 2011

Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, once in a while, on Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud…