FESTIVAL REVIEW: Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest 2019

Decibel Magazine’s Decibel Metal & Beer Fest was, to put it simply, stacked. Fourteen bands across all variants of Death, Grindcore, Prog, and Doom, descended onto Orange County for a weekend of heart-pounding jubilation. The two-day event was held this year at The Observatory, a large yet paradoxically intimate standing-room-only venue, intelligently designed to put the audience at three different heights across the entire space, offering uninhibited views of the stage beyond the perils of the pit.Continue reading

Decibel Magazine Declares The Death of Mainstream Metal

In an end of year article, Decibel Magazine’s veteran scribe Shawn Macomber has declared the death of Mainstream metal in his piece, ‘Mainstream Metal is F*cking Dead’. The piece was written in reaction to both Decibel’s top albums of the Decade 2010-2019 list as well as their top albums of 2019. The writer, one of the best at the magazine goes on to say that he isn’t against mainstream metal albums and actually likes some, but that the best quality releases from the last year or beyond are really coming from the underground bands and labels. Continue reading

Testament, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer, YOB, Power Trip And More To Headline Decibel Metal And Beer Fest Los Angeles

Decibel brings their excellent Metal and Beer Festival out west as they launch the next edition of the popular event in Los Angeles. Taking place at The Wiltern Theatre on December 1st and 2nd, the fest will feature amazing bands and craft brews galore. Testament will play a special set of classic albums classic The New Order And The Gathering in full, Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Triptykon will perform a special all-Celtic Frost set. Also appearing are Pig Destroyer, Yob, Power Trip, Skeletal Remains, Necrot and Haunt. The next wave of high-profile acts to be announced mid-July.Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest 2018 – Baltimore Maryland

For a metal fan, especially an underground metal fan with a cultured taste, Maryland Deathfest is the holy grail of music festivals. They are metal fans, so they understand metal fans. It has grown by leaps and bounds like a little cottage industry with California Deathfest, Quebec Deathfest, Netherlands Deathfest, Days of Darkness and more to come I’m sure. As I attended my first ever full weekend, I saw incredible bands on my bucket list, met a lot of great people from all over the world, hung out with friends and basically had more fun than I could imagine. It was basically summer camp for die-hard metal fans. No judgments, no fights, no fake kung fu in the mosh pit, just all awesomeness 24/7. Fun for families and even dogs. Plus Natty Bo’s and cheap and delicious street tacos! Continue reading

Music Video: Agoraphobic Nosebleed – The Withering Of Skin (Re-Recorded Version)

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Agoraphobic Nosebleed is streaming the music video for the re-recorded version of “The Withering Of Skin” from their Decibel flexi-disc.