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December 16, 2017

5 STAR GRAVE

Monster Magnet’s “Spine of God” Inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame

New Jersey legends Monster Magnet make their second entry to the Decibel Hall of Fame for their 1991 landmark stoner/psych debut LP Spine of God. You can read the full, seven-page story including interviews from ex-Monster Magnet members John McBain, Joe Calandra, Jon Kleiman and co-founder/mastermind Dave Wyndorf in the January issue of Decibel (available here). Don’t forget to catch a

Total F*cking Destruction Wish You a Merry Christmas

At this time of the season, you’re probably sick of Christmas music (only 10 more days of it, if you weren’t counting). Earlier this month, Philadelphia grindcore outfit Total Fucking Destruction (including current and former members of Brutal Truth, Rumplestiltskin Grinder and tons more) released their take on “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time,” which may change

To Mordor and Back: 5 Great Summoning Songs

In our age of detached irony and social earnestness, there’s something to be said for a band that chooses an epic or mythological motif for their music. This is nothing new in metal, of course, but it tends to be the realm of power metal and pagan metal. Many metal journalists either scoff at these

Demo:listen: Kommodus

Welcome to Demo:listen, your weekly peek into the future of underground extreme metal. Whether they’re death, black, doom, sludge, grind, thrash, -core, heavy, speed, punk-, stoner, etc., we’re here to bring you the latest demos from the newest bands. This week’s Demo:listen is captured by Australia’s one-man black metal operation Kommodus. Kommodus is Lepidus Plague.

Tribulation Grace the Cover of February’s Decibel

Swedish metal prodigies Tribulation return with a thrilling new album exploring the depths of the underworld and Decibel has the exclusive first-look down below. For the old-schoolers, Dutch death dealers Pestilence resurface with their first new material in four years via this exclusive new song “Hypnotic Terror” as part of the Decibel Flexi Series! Of course, this issue is on they way to

Track Premiere: Exalter – ‘Grip of Fear’

Exalter have made a name for themselves as one of the most prominent extreme metal acts in their home country of Bangladesh, releasing two EPs in 2015 and 2016 before readying their first full-length album, Persecution Automated, for release in the last days of 2017. On new song “Grip of Fear,” Exalter’s sound is familiar, but doesn’t live

Album Review: Midnight – “Sweet Death and Ecstasy”

The Devil Makes Three On their third LP, Midnight pump the brakes while turning up the hell Label: Hells Headbangers Release Date: December 15, 2017 If you caught Midnight on the last Decibel Magazine Tour, you saw their live lineup showcase why they’re the debaucherous intersection of Hellhammer and Hell Bent for Leather. While frontman

Neill Jameson’s 2017 Year-End Clearance Sale

As we reach the end of another year, I can’t help but enjoy myself with telling people their year-end lists suck. It’s not (entirely) why I say it; honestly, everything is entirely subjective and I don’t care if you like an album I don’t. That’s not (entirely) how I judge you as a person. But

R.I.P. Warrel Dane (1961-2017) (Sanctuary & Nevermore)

Decibel would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and acquaintances of Sanctuary and Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane. According to Blabbermouth.net, Dane passed away today, December 13, in São Paulo, Brazil after suffering from a heart attack. Dane’s guitarist Johnny Moraes says the frontman was in his apartment in Brazil, where he

Track Premiere: King Witch – ‘Beneath the Waves’

There are two words that accurately describe King Witch‘s new single, “Beneath the Waves:” heavy and epic. Driven by thunderous riffs and rhythm section and propelled into the next dimension by powerhouse vocalist Laura Donnelly, the quartet just sound huge on new album Under the Mountain.  Unsurprisingly, the song was inspired by epic stories, as Donnelly tells Decibel.  “‘Beneath

Full Album Stream: Neige Morte – “TRINNT”

Neige Morte play black metal, but they do it with death metal sensibilities, hammering the listener with a torrent of noisy, cacophonous riffs and blast beats, almost painful in its intensity at times on their new album, TRINNT.  TRINNT is Neige Morte’s third album, and it seems that over the course of three records, they’ve turned dense,

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