Punk

Track Premiere: Prisoner – “Starve”

March 17, 2017

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

Full Album Stream: Deathwish – ‘Unleash Hell’

March 8, 2017

Deathwish are ready to Unleash Hell with their second full-length on Beer City Records.

Track Premiere: Deathwish – ‘Rock N Roll’s One Hell Of A Drug’

March 3, 2017

Deathwish crank out another supercharged crossover jam before they Unleash Hell with their new record.

Track Premiere: Succumb – ‘Survival’

March 1, 2017

Get pummeled by “Survival,” the first taste of Succumb‘s debut on The Flenser.

Video Premiere: Zig Zags – ‘Riddle of Steel’

February 24, 2017

Zig Zags have a brand new 7-inch for you to hear, plus an awesome arcade-themed music video for “Riddle of Steel.”

Melodi-Punk-core Hotshots Drip-Fed Drag You down “Under the Wave Blanket”

February 8, 2017

It doesn’t take long to say a lot. Case in point is the song “Under the Wave Blanket” by the Austinites Drip-Fed, who pack plenty of pain and hope into 2 1/2 minutes. Though it helps that the music itself is the hooky, hulking kind of punk hardcore that makes you listen over and over until you develop welts.

Track Premiere: Deathwish ‘Unleash Hell’ On New Song

February 3, 2017

Deathwish continue to “Unleash Hell” with a new music video that precedes an album, also called Unleash Hell. 

Track Premiere: Western Addiction – ‘Masscult, Vulgarians and Entitlement’

January 10, 2017

Western Addiction has returned with the first single off of Tremulous, their second album that follows their 2005 debut full-length. 

Full Album Stream: Spazz – ‘Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorilla

December 5, 2016

Spazz is rereleasing a collection of live and studio recordings from 1995-96. 

VIDEO PREMIERE: ZEUS! DELIVERS EPIC, KING OF THE GODS WORTHY INSANITY ON “ENEMY E CORE”

November 16, 2016

Lord, Bologna duo Zeus! sure isn’t looking to make it easy for the File Under peeps to do their job with “Enemy E Core,” a proggy, fuzzed out noise punk take on math rock off the band’s Three One G release MOTOMONOTONO that sort of gives off a Rorschach-wandering-into-a-Pelican-practice-a-decade-ago vibe.

If that sounds like something you’d like to jam while watching various animal species throw down, Decibel totally has your hump day back.

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.”

Transmission From the Punk Universe: A Fat Wreck

October 28, 2016

Because we all have a pair of checkered Vans under our beds somewhere…admit it!!!

Violation Wound release music video for ‘Combustible Life’

August 16, 2016

Autopsy madman Chris Reifert’s Violation Wound project has our vote. 

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: MP JOHNSON’S “RECORD COLLECTOR SCUM” From BERZERKOIDS

August 3, 2016

For those who had a hunch that the first short story collection from Wonderland Book Award-winning author/Freak Tension zine proprietor/Weirdpunk Books founder MP Johnson — a deft writer who refracts extremely extreme weird horror fiction through a legit prism of punk-metal-hardcore culture and attack — would be an exquisitely strange, beguiling, and brutal experience…. well, Berzerkoids certainly does not disappoint.

Smell the ‘Musk’ On A Raw Summer Night

July 26, 2016

Check out a song stream from Oakland garage punkers Musk

Dropdead – “Dropdead”

June 30, 2016

It may be the punkest thing to ever happen to an album in Decibel’s Hall of Fame: It was bootlegged after its release by the band themselves.

Hall of Fame Countdown: L7’s Bricks Are Heavy

June 9, 2016

L7’s seminal third LP stands the test of time via its excellent songs, hefty production (courtesy of the legendary Butch Vig), pithy lyrics and general “go fuck yourself” attitude. Ranking these nasty jams from “worst to best” is a downright punchable offense, but let’s do it anyway.

Discharge

May 16, 2016

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

For those about to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

March 25, 2016

Waldo goes talon-to-toe with the latest releases from Graves at Sea, Mantar, and Victims.

Venomous Concept

January 26, 2016

Kick Me Silly – VC III
Bigger Bang
dB Rating: 8/10

“Wanderlust” Unchained: Exclusive Zex Video Premiere!

January 13, 2015

As Ottawa’s trad metal-tinged punk rock underground-superstars-in-the-making ZEX continue to build an increasingly strong head of fist-pumping, sneering, anthemic steam with the upcoming Magic Bullet re-release of the band’s barnburner debut Fight For Yourself, it is Decibel‘s pleasure to bring you the exclusive premiere of the uncensored “Wanderlust” video. Photo credit here. (I think!) Tour…

Album Stream and Giveaway: Murder Junkies

December 3, 2014

Old outlaw scumfucs never die. Actually, the virtuous go first and the bad people continue along in almost cockroach fashion. They’re unkillable. Case in point: Merle Allin, brother of the legendary musical outlaw GG. You might hate GG but you certainly know about him. Not only did Merle survive life with one of the craziest…

Clobberin’ Time: Sick Of It All On The Evolution Of Mosh

November 24, 2014

This is the time of the year to acknowledge the things you’re thankful for. One of the things we’re very thankful for is that we’ve been alive to experience multiple Sick Of It All shows. SOIA has long exported their brands of New York City hardcore to the world – as well as their intensely…

STREAMING: Overcharge’s “As If There Were No Tomorrow”

September 3, 2014

Globalization really has changed everything, not just for business and our sex lives but for music. How else could you explain the fact that dudes in Mumbai are playing expert technical death metal and the crop of black metal bands in Australia? Case in point: the new album from Overcharge. Now, if you listen to…

Change Today? Turns 30

April 14, 2014

Pushing boundaries is taken for granted in extreme music. The review pages of Decibel are packed with bands that eschew convention in the hopes of creating something different. In the early 80s, hardcore punk and metal were ruled by dogma. T.S.O.L. was one of the standard bearers: Weathered Statues and Dance With Me were benchmarks…

Decibel Exclusive: First New Meatmen Track in 19 Years!

April 1, 2014

This is not an April Fool’s joke, except on the politically correct thought police: We have the first new Meatmen track in two decades! When I was a kid I sat in my room and cranked The Meatmen at ridiculous volumes and memorized Tesco Vee’s banter on the classic Meatmen platters. So to say this…

Album Premiere: Iron Hand “Injected Fear”

January 27, 2014

Iron Hand are a crusty d-beat/hardcore band from New Haven, CT, and, courtesy of Safety Meeting Records you can stream their awesome debut 12-inch, Injected Fear right here, right now. Injected Fear is a rugged and lean 18 minutes of the sort of unpolished fury that’s probably best experienced live as it rattles around an…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Oslo’s Shevils

December 13, 2013

There’s always been a hardcore softspot in Decibel’s metallic heart for the raw and the punk.  This writer admits to rarely getting stoked for such sounds, often preferring to hear artfully concocted studio recordings and leave the unkempt, wild fury on the stage where it’s most powerful.  But somehow Norway’s Shevils buried into these ears…

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM PREMIERE: OLD GODS “Stylized Violence”

July 15, 2013

Courtesy of Forge Again Records and exclusively for all you Decibangers out there, may this cursed quarter of the Internet be the first to steam in full the debut LP from Detroit punks Old Gods, Stylized Violence. What can you expect? Sheesh . . . Well, it is worth noting that the album artwork features…

INTERVIEW: Fight Amp’s Mike McGinnis on concept records and embracing weird New Jersey

December 10, 2012

Fight Amp’s Birth Control is the sort of super-cool genre non-specific releases that sounds like it was written in a week tops and thrashed out and tracked in a day. It sounds 100 per cent jam room live, heaping catchy riffs on top of awkward and dissonant hardcore punk and noise-rock. If it sounds unruly,…