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Suicidal Tendencies Are Still Cyco Punk and Loving It

October 1, 2018

For their latest release, Suicidal Tendencies dove into the vault and came out with new album Still Cyco Punk After All These Years. Decibel spoke with the band to learn more.

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

May 2, 2018

Remembering one of extreme metal’s most iconic figures, Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman, five years after his death.

Slayer Tease Final World Tour

January 22, 2018

Slayer‘s cryptic video message has left the future of the band unclear.

Five Times Shorter Was Better

August 31, 2017

Quantity isn’t quality. Here are five examples of how extreme metal is at its most potent when it doesn’t waste time.

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Slayer “God Hates Us All”

March 29, 2017

Slayer’s eighth LP of original material, God Hates Us All, stands as one of their most divisive. To some, it appeared to be another record in which the thrash icons failed to diversify their songwriting.

SPOILER: Decibel Reveals the Greatest Metal Tour of All Time in Special Issue!

March 24, 2017

You can read the story behind the #1 entry in Decibel’s Top 100 Metal Tours of All Time Special Issue. For the other 99 tours, you’ll need copy of this limited edition Special Issue

That Tour Was Awesome: Ultimate Revenge Tour, Venom/Slayer/Exodus (1985)

February 22, 2017

As a special bonus to go along with our new Top 100 Metal Tours of All Time special issue, we rounded up members of Exodus, Slayer, and Venom to talk about 1985’s Ultimate Revenge Tour for our latest That Tour Was Awesome.

Decibel Presents The Top 100 Metal Tours of All Time Special Issue

February 17, 2017

What are the Top 100 metal tours of all time? Find out in Decibel‘s new limited edition special issue of 100% previously-unprinted content. 

Pre-Order the Decibel Hall of Fame Anthology: Vol. II Book!

October 31, 2016

Decibel has complied 25 of our best Hall of Fame pieces into a brand new hardcover, limited-edition, hand-numbered anthology, exclusively available here.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Slayer’s South of Heaven

July 7, 2016

It’s weird to think of any Slayer album as “transitional,” as they all share the same basic sonic sensibilities (namely, the sound of your skin being flayed from your quaking bones), but if there’s any record that marks a clear turning point in their career, it’s 1988’s South of Heaven.

Hall of Fame Countdown: Slayer’s Reign in Blood

April 30, 2015

There are not many perfect albums in heavy metal history, but Slayer’s Reign in Blood is one of them. Personally, in this writer’s opinion, when it comes to the greatest metal album of all time, it’s a toss-up between Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, and Paranoid. We’re dealing with an untouchable album here. Well, near untouchable, as Decibel’s Andrew Bonazelli had the brilliant idea for a new way for us to argue about our favorite metal records: why not rank the songs on each Decibel Hall of Fame inductee? Sure, why not?

Decibel’s Top 5 Thrash Metal Logos

June 23, 2014

5. Sabbat Brit thrashers Sabbat were among a select few to come from the island to have made a genuine impact. To this very day, Dreamweaver remains singular. The group’s logo also has similar import. Like most thrash metal logos, it’s readable at a distance yet it has an edge to it. Each letter in…

Survival Knife’s Metal Edge

April 22, 2014

After an extended layoff Justin Trosper of the late, much-mourned noisy post-hardcore heroes Unwound has returned with an excellent infectious-if-still-decidedly-off-kilter outfit of musical subversion, Survival Knife. Our Deci-antennae really started vibrating, however, when Trosper cited Enslaved and Opeth, among other extreme metallers, as influences for his new venture in a great interview over at Stereo…

TRACK PREMIERE: GRAVEHILL “The Ascending Fire”, ft. Eric Cutler and Chris Reifert of Autopsy

March 17, 2014

We could introduce “The Ascending Fire” but telling you how it is the closing track on Gravehill’s third full-length, Death Curse. We could chime in and offer our ten cents’ on how the track will give you a real taste for a vulgar doozy of an old-school death metal record that’s unafraid to augment its…

EXCLUSIVE: Archive interview with Jeff Hanneman

August 27, 2013

Sometimes a little cleaning can unearth big finds. During my latest attempt at restoring some order to the house of CDs I live in, I came across a stack of old CDR’s that contained the archives of my old radio show, Hellraiser’s Ball, at USC’s student run radio station, KSCR (1560 AM!). One of those…

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Eric Weiss of Rumpshaker

July 19, 2013

Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a new twice-monthly column delving into the surprisingly vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors… Full disclosure: The Metalnomicon has not surveyed every hardcore fanzine in the history of hardcore fanzines. That is a task ill-suited to a single human lifespan, even one that, say, skipped the…

Slayer Bundle Available Now

May 28, 2013

We’ve been bringing you exclusive and comprehensive Slayer content since issue #2, featuring our first-ever Hall of Fame for Reign in Blood. Now’s your chance to get all of their cover appearances in one affordable package. Thrash over to the webstore and pick up our version of the Big Four.

Tales From the Metalnomicon: Marc Ciccarone of Blood Bound Books

May 10, 2013

Welcome to Tales From the Metalnomicon, a new twice-monthly column delving into the surprisingly vast world of heavy metal-tinged/inspired literature and metalhead authors… Blood Bound Books first came to the Metalnomicon’s attention via Rock ‘N’ Roll is Dead: Dark Tales Inspired by Music — an exquisitely depraved, cleverly devised anthology which is not only dedicated…

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,…

Slayer – “South of Heaven”

January 31, 2013

Before bastard sons begat cunting daughters, flyswatter stakes were driven through chests and pleasures thought unobtained fully experienced, California thrashers Slayer were hell-bent on leveling not just previous milestones, but any band with an inkling of heaviness.

Secret to Placing in Decibel’s Year-End Top 5 Revealed!

January 3, 2012

First we’d like to congratulate Tombs on topping our annual list of the Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2011. It was, of course, well deserved. Not all our readers may agree with it, but then again there’s no satisfying the most extremely extreme readership in all of metaldom. You’re an opinionated lot, and we love…

OUT NOW! Decibel’s Thrash Metal Hall of Fame Special Issue

November 4, 2011

That’s right, folks, our Collector’s Edition Thrash Metal Hall of Fame issue is back from the printers and available—right now—to buy from the Decibel webstore and a select few indie record stores. After hopefully violating innumerate health and safety regulations to print the third of Decibel’s gnarly Hall of Fame Collector’s Editions in Vic Rattlehead’s…

Flesh Parade – Heavy Metal Tattoo Reviews – Slayer Ass

October 6, 2011

Ha! I’ve finally received a heavy metal tattoo for critical analysis! This week’s installment of Flesh Parade comes from Josh over at the LunchMeat VHS fanzine. Josh says that he got this tattoo after a night of heavy drinking. Drunk points? Check. Josh continues, “It was decided that my buddy, who was the piercer of…

Stone: The Slayer of Craft Beer

July 6, 2011

Zymurgy magazine recently revealed the “Best Beers in America,” a list derived from more than 28,000 votes from readers around the world. While Russian River’s Pliny the Elder imperial IPA topped the list for the third year in a row, Stone Brewing, of Escondido, California placed three of their brewtally named beers—Arrogant Bastard, Ruination and…

Big 4: Comic Relief

June 28, 2011

If you’re a Decibel subscriber, issue #82 [Scott Ian cartoon cover] should be arriving via angry postman shortly. In this month’s cover, longtime dude’s dude Nick Green detailed in fantastic fashion the link between comics and extreme music. With a (spoiler alert!) fold-out cover illustrator by Henry and Glenn inklord Tom Neely, issue #82 boldly…

STREAMING: Necrodeath “Awakening of Dawn”

May 23, 2011

Metal is pervasive. It has no geographic restrictions. There are few countries worldwide—at least according to Metal Archives—that don’t have a grimace-faced metal act waiting to bash heads in and rebel against the shit that gets ‘em down. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of Italy’s Necrodeath at one point or another. In fact, you’ve probably…