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Decibel is an extremely extreme music and entertainment magazine based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2004 by a well-intentioned, somewhat studious (let’s not forget record-collecting) dude, Decibel’s credo was to examine and expose the best extreme music had to offer. We were the new kid on the block, but we knew our noise was louder and nastier than anything out there. To quote ou

rselves, Decibel was “the new noise.” Since our debut issue (the Dillinger Escape Plan, October 2004), Decibel went from the quiet longhair with the Entombed "Left Hand Path" T-shirt to the Grand Pontificator of all things metal. Maybe they heckle. But, nearly nine years later, Decibel is America’s only monthly metal magazine. Our guts, your glory. Each month, Decibel’s listening. Ears to the filthy ground. We pride ourselves in exploring the lurid, the outlandish, in hoisting the unsung. We’re intrepid and we know it. Decibel’s covered the controversial, too. Homosexuality in metal? The relationship between metal and National Socialism? Guys with inverted crosses burned into their foreheads? Our revered Hall of Fame series explores and honors metal milestones. In fact, some of our most celebrated Hall of Fame stories made the magazine-to-book journey. "Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces" (Da Capo) has been called “required reading,” “gripping” and, our favorite, “skull-crushing.” We also review musical instruments, movies and other diversions. Occasionally funny, but always insightful and informed, Decibel’s opinion is respected. Even revered. Maybe that’s why the Village Voice called us “the best music magazine around right now.”

Portentous, not pretentious. Decibel’s galloping like Iron Maiden. Our website has been refashioned, the blog incessantly updated (often with curiously odd but cool stuff), the store restocked. Our social media presence is likeable, followable and friendable, and, best of all, subscribers receive a flexi disc with world-exclusive tunes in every issue of Decibel. Download our complete 2015 media kit. http://tinyurl.com/dB2015mediakit

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West coast grind-leaning powerviolence crushers Tension are tight.
01/09/2024

West coast grind-leaning powerviolence crushers Tension are tight.

West coast grind-leaning powerviolence crushers Tension are tight.

Jarhead Fertilizer drummer/vocalist Dave Bland on overcoming Full of Hell comparisons, the perfect movie samples and the...
01/08/2024

Jarhead Fertilizer drummer/vocalist Dave Bland on overcoming Full of Hell comparisons, the perfect movie samples and their crushing new album "Carceral Warfare."

Jarhead Fertilizer drummer/vocalist Dave Bland discusses the band's new album, comparisons to Full of Hell and more.

Ice metal heroes  premiere new track, “Eternal Snowstorm of the Frozen Eye,” via the Decibel Flexi Series. Hear and acqu...
01/08/2024

Ice metal heroes premiere new track, “Eternal Snowstorm of the Frozen Eye,” via the Decibel Flexi Series. Hear and acquire this flexi disc single featuring an exclusive new song at www.decibelmagazine.com now!

Hear the ever-prolific Erech Leleth return with his latest heavy black metal creation, the debut full-length LP from Nar...
01/08/2024

Hear the ever-prolific Erech Leleth return with his latest heavy black metal creation, the debut full-length LP from Narzissus.

Hear the ever-prolific Erech Leleth return with his latest heavy black metal creation, the debut full-length LP from Narzissus.

Decibel is honored to induct “The Day of Wrath,” the 1985 debut full-length LP from Italian first-wave black metal heroe...
01/05/2024

Decibel is honored to induct “The Day of Wrath,” the 1985 debut full-length LP from Italian first-wave black metal heroes .official into the Decibel Hall of Fame as part of our February 2024 issue. Read the massive, seven-page feature, featuring all of the musicians who performed on this old-school landmark, by getting the issue here!

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The first edition of our new release coverage for 2024 includes the latest from Threnomancy, Meridion, Fall of Gnosis an...
01/05/2024

The first edition of our new release coverage for 2024 includes the latest from Threnomancy, Meridion, Fall of Gnosis and more!

The first edition of our new release coverage for 2024 includes the latest from Threnomancy, Meridion, Fall of Gnosis and more!

Featuring current and former members of Cetus, Cleric, Wolvhammer, Sovereign, Philadelphia’s Fragile Body offer a concis...
01/05/2024

Featuring current and former members of Cetus, Cleric, Wolvhammer, Sovereign, Philadelphia’s Fragile Body offer a concise approach to post-metal.

Featuring current and former members of Cetus, Cleric, Wolvhammer, Sovereign, Philadelphia's Fragile Body offer a concise approach to post-metal.

It’s been four years since we’ve had new material from Tampa death metal legends , but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ...
01/05/2024

It’s been four years since we’ve had new material from Tampa death metal legends , but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the old school! Deluxe Decibel subscribers can look forward to an exclusive flexi of a re-recorded version of the song “Nocturnus” from the band’s self-titled 1987 demo, now renamed “Nocturnus Will Rise.” Want to make sure you don’t miss out on this necessary flexi? Be sure to have a deluxe Decibel subscription by Monday, January 8 at noon ET. The classics never go out of style, but this offer certainly will.

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Colorado Springs quartet Clarion Void sling some gnarly post-metal sludge in surreal new video for “The Top.”
01/04/2024

Colorado Springs quartet Clarion Void sling some gnarly post-metal sludge in surreal new video for “The Top.”

Colorado Springs quartet Clarion Void sling some gnarly post-metal sludge in surreal new video for "The Top."

Read Metal Injection's 10 out of 10 review of "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult—Restored, Expanded & Definitive Editio...
01/03/2024

Read Metal Injection's 10 out of 10 review of "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult—Restored, Expanded & Definitive Edition" available exclusively for pre-order in North America via Decibel Books!

"Without any doubt, it's a must have for any black metal fan's library."

Raleigh melodeath trio Into the Deep bring the nautical nastiness with their new album "Blackfin." Shark week is here ea...
01/03/2024

Raleigh melodeath trio Into the Deep bring the nautical nastiness with their new album "Blackfin." Shark week is here early.

Raleigh melodeath trio Into the Deep bring the nautical nastiness with their new album "Blackfin." Shark week is here early.

2023 might finally be over, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want one final mirco list in your life, right? So here are t...
01/02/2024

2023 might finally be over, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want one final mirco list in your life, right? So here are the Top 20 Grindcore Songs of the last 12 months.

2023 might finally be over, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want one final mirco list in your life, right? So here are the Top 20 Grindcore Songs of the last 12 months.

Ring in 2024 with "God is Violence," the new album from Los Angeles gutter phenomenon Cancer Christ.
01/01/2024

Ring in 2024 with "God is Violence," the new album from Los Angeles gutter phenomenon Cancer Christ.

Stream 'God is Violence,' the new album from Los Angeles based metal outfit Cancer Christ, out this week on Seeing Red.

Shane Embury’s electronic Dark Sky Burial project has one final holiday present for you before we close the book on 2023...
12/31/2023

Shane Embury’s electronic Dark Sky Burial project has one final holiday present for you before we close the book on 2023. Hear the new album, "Tantum Religio Potuit Suadere Malorum," now!

Shane Embury’s electronic ambient Dark Sky Burial has one final holiday present for you before we close the book on 2023.

Our final Five for Friday (on Saturday) of the year looks back at some of the best black metal of 2023, including Immort...
12/30/2023

Our final Five for Friday (on Saturday) of the year looks back at some of the best black metal of 2023, including Immortal, Krieg, Calderum and more!

This week's edition looks back at some of the best black metal of 2023, including Immortal, Krieg, Calderum and more!

With Christmas finally behind us, it’s time to treat yourself to what you really wanted this holiday season. Get essenti...
12/29/2023

With Christmas finally behind us, it’s time to treat yourself to what you really wanted this holiday season. Get essential books like "The Scott Burns Sessions: A Life in Death Metal 1987–1997" and "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult" (shipping in January), "Turned Inside Out: The Official Story of Obituary," "USBM: A Revolution of Identity in American Black Metal," "Rotting Ways to Misery: The History of Finnish Death Metal," "Amorphis: The Official Story of Finland’s Greatest Metal Band," our "Decibel Hall of Fame Anthologies" and more.

Go here get back to thinking about yourself: tinyurl.com/dbbooks

Feast thine eyes and ears on Canadian hardcore band Hellbent's take on a Day-Glo Abortions classic!
12/28/2023

Feast thine eyes and ears on Canadian hardcore band Hellbent's take on a Day-Glo Abortions classic!

Feast thine eyes and ears on Canadian hardcore band Hellbent's take on a Day-Glo Abortions classic!

Before the calendar flips to 2024, check out these 10 killer albums you might have missed during list season's frenzy.
12/27/2023

Before the calendar flips to 2024, check out these 10 killer albums you might have missed during list season's frenzy.

Before the calendar flips to 2024, check out these 10 killer albums you might have missed during list season's frenzy.

Share the holiday dispirit with the first new  song in over five years, "Bury the Cross... With Your Christ" streaming e...
12/25/2023

Share the holiday dispirit with the first new song in over five years, "Bury the Cross... With Your Christ" streaming everywhere today!

Then get tickets to see Deicide perform a special set composed exclusively of early ’90s crushers from their landmark , and records at Decibel's Metal & Beer Fest: Philly on April 13, 2024!

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Hope you spin Decibel's favorite Christmas song tonight, as featured on Nocturnus' legendary debut, "The Key." Equally h...
12/24/2023

Hope you spin Decibel's favorite Christmas song tonight, as featured on Nocturnus' legendary debut, "The Key." Equally hopeful that drummer/vocalist Mike Browning will have harnessed 1.21 gigawatts by midnight and the Nocturnus time machine will be fully operational, so he can commence "Destroying the Manger!" Die by the sign of the key!

Five For Friday looks back at their top 5 favorite death metal releases of 2023, including Dying Fetus, Obituary and mor...
12/22/2023

Five For Friday looks back at their top 5 favorite death metal releases of 2023, including Dying Fetus, Obituary and more.

This week's edition looks back at some of the best death metal of 2023, including Dying Fetus, Plague Bearer, Obituary and more!

Atmospheric black metal duo Obsidian Tongue—along with a little help from Obsequiae’s Tanner Anderson—manage to pull lif...
12/22/2023

Atmospheric black metal duo Obsidian Tongue—along with a little help from Obsequiae’s Tanner Anderson—manage to pull lifeblood from a stone with their new video.

Maine melodic black metal duo Obsidian Tongue bring the cold, dark rock on new single "The Stone Heart."

Sorry not sorry to clue you in to Portland hardcore four-piece Dry Socket.
12/21/2023

Sorry not sorry to clue you in to Portland hardcore four-piece Dry Socket.

If you've got one minute and 18 seconds, you've got the time for noisemongers Dry Socket to clean out your earholes.

For fans of NYC’s Riot, this new series, "Immortal Soul: A Riot Tribute & Concert Film" will give the band the chance to...
12/21/2023

For fans of NYC’s Riot, this new series, "Immortal Soul: A Riot Tribute & Concert Film" will give the band the chance to get the recognition and credit they deserve.

For fans of NYC's Riot, this new series will give the band the chance to get the recognition and credit they deserve.

Check out CrypticRock.com's killer review of the Decibel Books edition of "Amorphis: The Official Story of Finland’s Gre...
12/20/2023

Check out CrypticRock.com's killer review of the Decibel Books edition of "Amorphis: The Official Story of Finland’s Greatest Metal Band!"

Amorphis: The Official Story of Finland's Greatest Metal Band is out now. Read all about the new book on Cryptic Rock.

Three quarters of blaster masters Escuela Grind school Kill Screen on the band’s past and present with video games—and s...
12/20/2023

Three quarters of blaster masters Escuela Grind school Kill Screen on the band’s past and present with video games—and sometimes lack thereof.

The guitarist, drummer and bassist of the New England quartet decide to press A to interact with Decibel’s nerdiest column.

Blackened symphonic solo project Exiled Hope share their next chapter of dark fantasy opera with the new single “Over Fo...
12/20/2023

Blackened symphonic solo project Exiled Hope share their next chapter of dark fantasy opera with the new single “Over For You.”

Blackened symphonic solo project Exiled Hope share their next chapter of dark fantasy opera with the new single "Over For You."

Hear new jack death metal quintet Iron Front offer up some old-school slam on new track, “Slam of ’87.”
12/19/2023

Hear new jack death metal quintet Iron Front offer up some old-school slam on new track, “Slam of ’87.”

Hear new jack death metal quintet Iron Front offer up some old-school slam on new track, "Slam of '87."

Bug out with CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP‘s batch of 127 new songs in five minutes.
12/19/2023

Bug out with CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP‘s batch of 127 new songs in five minutes.

Bug out with CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP's batch of 127 new songs in five minutes.

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