RIP

Foghound Bassist Rev. Jim Forrester Killed in Baltimore Shooting

December 20, 2017

Decibel sends our condolences to the family of Rev. Jim Forrester, who was killed in Baltimore on Monday.

Martin Eric Ain: 1967-2017

October 22, 2017

Martin Eric Ain, a member of the legendary outfits Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, is remembered.

Martin Eric Ain (1967-2017): Celtic Frost “Morbid Tales” Hall of Fame

October 22, 2017

To honor the passing of extreme metal legend Martin Eric Ain, we present the Hall of Fame feature on Celtic Frost’s 1984 debut Morbid Tales in full.

Chris Cornell’s Full “Ultramega OK” Hall of Fame Interview

May 18, 2017

In tribute the legendary Soundgarden vocalist, here is Chris Cornell‘s full interview from this month’s Ultramega OK Decibel Hall of Fame induction. 

Nick Menza: 1964-2016

May 23, 2016

Nick Menza — best remembered for his time in Megadeth — was one of the drummers that earned fierce love and respect. Menza died after collapsing on stage on Saturday, apparently from heart failure. Menza’s style, approach, and effortless invention were as essential to Megadeth as Bill Ward’s quirks and fills were to Black Sabbath or Dave Lombardo’s ferocity was to Slayer. 

Gone Three Years: Our Cover Story on Jeff Hanneman’s Life and Legacy

May 2, 2016

Three years ago today Slayer’s iconic guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died. On that afternoon, Decibel #105 was almost a wrap. Just days before we were set to go to the print, we scrapped the planned issue and instead printed a nine-page tribute to Hanneman. To honor Hanneman, we are reprinting the main feature from that issue.

Remembering Motörhead’s Lemmy: Decibel’s February 2014 Cover Story

December 29, 2015

On the two-year anniversary of his death, we look back on Lemmy’s in-depth Decibel cover story.

Dave Brockie: 1963-2014

March 24, 2014

In the late 90s, perhaps around 1998, I pulled over at a truck stop about 45 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia. I grabbed a few snacks and went to the checkout line when it occurred to me that the clerk was staring, somewhat horrified. I looked down and remembered why: my entire body was covered…

Selim Lemouchi: 1980-2014

March 5, 2014

Metal musicians quote Nietzsche far too much, almost as much as they quote H.P. Lovecraft. Sometimes it’s for blatant and misdirected political purposes; other times, to add a veneer of intellectual heft to mediocre material. But when you consider the short life of musician Selim Lemouchi, one of the German thinker’s best known quotes resonates:…

Jeff Hanneman: 1964-2013

May 3, 2013

When it comes to creativity and vision, the best of us don’t compromise. It’s easy to shift and jump on a trend to make a buck, or follow blindly when someone promises a path to success. It’s a path many of us would take. Those destined to make a mark never compromise on their vision,…

Mitch Lucker: 1984-2012

November 2, 2012

Suicide Silence seemingly started playing shows out of the blue, and quickly ascended to headliner status and gigantic tours. In 2007, I saw them lugging gear outside of a small club as they prepared to open early in the evening for Nile. In 2009, they had moved up the ladder and were second on the…

RIP CORY SMOOT: DELETED SCENES FROM THE GWAR-B-Q

November 4, 2011

In honor of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, who passed away yesterday as the band was preparing to enter Canada, we offer this typically deranged Frank Lemke review of this fall’s annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, originally trimmed for space from the magazine. Saturday, September 17 The National, Richmond, VA The GWAR-B-Q was booked outdoors, at Hadad’s…