Watch NIKKI SIXX Unbox Limited-Edition Deluxe Vinyl Version Of 'The Heroin Diaries: 10th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack'

A video clip of Nikki Sixx unboxing the limited-edition deluxe vinyl version of the 10th-anniversary edition of SiXX:A.M.‘s “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack” can be seen below. Sixx got sober sixteen years ago. A decade ago he shared this story with the world. And yet with the modern opioid crisis looming larger than ever; Sixx‘s journey to sobriety and the words and music it inspired remains poignantly relevant. Chronicling the year of decadence and depravity that almost cost Sixx his life during the recording and tour for MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s seminal 1987 album “Girls Girls Girls”, the book not only became a … Continue reading

WITHERFALL: Lyric Video For 'The Great Awakening' Song

The official lyric video for the song “The Great Awakening” from U.S. progressive metallers WITHERFALL — the collective brainchild of guitarist Jake Dreyer (ICED EARTH, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, WHITE WIZZARD), singer Joseph Michael (WHITE WIZZARD) and the late Adam Sagan (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, INTO ETERNITY) — can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s debut album, “Nocturnes And Requiems”, which received a European release on October 6 as a limited CD digipak version with three stickers, a noble LP version with gatefold sleeve, inlay, poster and CD as well as digital download/stream. The beautiful cover artwork … Continue reading

SORCERER Feat. Ex-TIAMAT, LION'S SHARE Members: Lyric Video For 'Unbearable Sorrow' Song

Swedish epic heavy doom metal warlords SORCERER released their new album, “The Crowning Of The Fire King”, on October 20 via Metal Blade Records. The official lyric video for the disc’s latest single, “Unbearable Sorrow”, can be viewed below. SORCERER comments: “We have aimed to write an album with diversity and intensity, an album that we want to listen to ourselves. “‘The Crowning Of The Fire King’ is by far our best recording ever with songs that are strong, powerful and doomy. We have captured what SORCERER is about and taken the songs to the next level for the band.” … Continue reading

BARONESS To Release Final Two Picture Discs In 'Purple' Series

BARONESS will release the final two picture discs in its four-part “Purple” picture disc series, with “Try To Disappear” and “Morningstar” arriving December 12 via the band’s webstore and at independent record stores for Vinyl Tuesday. The limited-edition releases, which are available for pre-order via the band’s webstore, each feature a quadrant of the John Baizley-created cover art for the band’s album “Purple”, as well as unreleased B-sides. “Try To Disappear” features a live version of the song from the band’s 2016 performance at Los Angeles’s Fonda Theatre while “Morningstar” features a demo version of the track. The first two … Continue reading

Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK Says ACT OF DEFIANCE Gives Him Freedom To Write What He Wants

Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On ACT OF DEFIANCE‘s sophomore album, “Old Scars, New Wounds”: Chris: “I think we were really happy with how this one came out, because it wasn’t such a shotgun-wedding type of affair. When ‘Birth And The Burial’ [August 2015 debut] came out, Shawn [Drover, drums] and I were not only trying to write the music, but we were also trying to form the band, come up with the band name, search … Continue reading

COREY TAYLOR Says DONALD TRUMP Is 'All Ego, All Talk And No Leader'

Corey Taylor has once again slammed Donald Trump, saying that the 45th U.S. president is “all ego, all talk and no leader.” The SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman, who has been vocal about his distaste for the billionaire real estate mogul for at least the past two years, spoke about the current state of America on the November 5 edition of “Whiplash”, the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. “It’s a very violent place right now,” Taylor said (hear audio below). “Whether the pundits or the strategists or the columnists, whether they wanna admit it or not, there … Continue reading

Complete Failure Discuss New Album, “Crossburner”

Steel City grindcore outfit Complete Failure are anything but a letdown on their new album, Crossburner. 14 tracks of straight-ahead fury, the quartet’s fourth album sees them upping the rage and aggression in the five years since The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault. Decibel spoke briefly to ComFail vocalist Joe Mack about Crossburner, politics and the importance of artistic expression. The new Complete Failure album is called Crossburner. Did you write the album with the intention of it being a political one, and if so, what were you trying to say?  It is a political message, I guess. It has nothing to do with left or right, … Continue reading

GENE SIMMONS Apologizes For 'Unintentionally' Offending Members Of FOX Team

Gene Simmons has issued a statement apologizing for “unintentionally” offending female staffers during his appearance on Fox News and Fox Business. It was reported late last week that the KISS bassist/vocalist was banned for life from Fox due to lewd behavior following his appearance last Wednesday (November 15) on the right-leaning cable channels. The Daily Beast reported Simmons was on hand to promote his latest book, the financial self-help guide titled “On Power”, on both “Fox & Friends” and “Mornings With Maria”. Gene, who, during the “Fox & Friends” appearance, took the opportunity to aid meteorologist Janice Dean in her … Continue reading

BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD Hospitalized With Heart Problems; DAY OF ERRORS Tour Canceled

DAY OF ERRORS, the three-piece band led by original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, has canceled its previously announced West Coast tour which was scheduled to take place in early December. Ward said in a statement: “I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am okay and in good recovery at this time. However, I’ve never experienced this particular type of heart problem before, and due to its nature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates. “I want to send my sincere apologies to everyone who was planning to come out to the … Continue reading

Marginal Keep the Crust-Grind Flame Burning

Most members of Belguim’s Marginal were only teenagers in the late 80s when bands like Extreme Noise Terror and Napalm Death were pioneering grind. Even so, their upcoming third album, Total Destruction sounds as though it absolutely could have come out of the midlands in twenty seven years ago. Submitted as evidence: their new song, “Leech Invader.” Musically and lyrically “Leech Invader” does not break new ground. It’s one more song about addiction in a genre full of them. It works because Marginal know how to execute the classic elements of crust so well. A D-beat powers the song with … Continue reading

OPETH Will Take Time Off From Touring In Early 2018 To Begin Working On New Music

In a brand new interview conducted during OPETH‘s U.K. tour, guitarist Fredrik Åkesson was asked if he and his bandmates have commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2016’s “Sorceress” album. “In a way, yes, I would say,” he replied (see video below). “This is the last run we do [in support of ‘Soreceress’], and then we have a break. We might play some festivals during the summer, but before that, there’s no gigs. So it’s a bit of a break, but also starting to write for a new album, absolutely. So we’ll see how that goes. But nothing … Continue reading

Watch W.A.S.P. Perform In Tilburg

Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.‘s November 12 performance at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands can be seen below. Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester made his live debut with W.A.S.P. at the opening show of the band’s “Re-Idolized – The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour” on September 25 at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden. Aquiles said in a statement: “I’m very happy to announce that I will be touring Europe this fall with W.A.S.P. It’s a huge honor to be part of the ‘Re-Idolized’ tour. ‘The Crimson Idol’ is one of the most important progressive concept albums in the history of heavy metal … Continue reading

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Bassist: 'It's Hard To Write A Hit Song'

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has confirmed a December 1 release date for its greatest-hits collection, “A Decade Of Destruction”, and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called “Trouble”. The other new song included with the set is titled “Gone Away”. The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with its label, Prospect Park. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s seventh full-length LP, which was finished nearly a year ago, will follow up 2015’s “Got Your Six” and … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Sorxe – “Matter & Void”

Phoenix, Arizona’s Sorxe are into bands like Neurosis, Swans and Melvins, but they’re also into bands like Pink Floyd, and it shows on their second full-length effort, Matter & Void. The group are still crushingly heavy, but they also move in other, lighter directions that ultimately allows the heaviness to hit harder. “This album is really the culmination of our lives from late 2014 up to the end of 2016 when we finished the tracking and mix with Matt Bayles,” guitarist/vocalist Tanner Crace says. “We have blood, sweat and tears in this record and we think people who listen, and really pay attention over … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Coscradh “Of Death And Delirium”

Ireland’s Coscradh will set fire to the world upon the release of debut EP, Of Death and Delirium (Invictus). While Ireland, according to Metal Archives, only has about 174 active death metal acts, including but not limited to Primordial (yes, hardly death metal), Abaddon Incarnate, Malthusian, ZOM, and doomsters Mourning Beloveth, Coscradh are ready to invigorate the Emerald Isle with absolute savagery and unmatched violence. Sounds hyperbolic but it’s not. See, Coscradh follow the Teitanblood path to the abyss. That is to say, where inky, claustrophobic riffs collide with avalanching drums, and monstrous vocals there resides a beast of Dubliners … Continue reading

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' Live Debut With New Singer JEFF GUTT

One-time “The X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt made his live debut as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ new vocalist during a SiriusXM special event on Tuesday, November 14 at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. Professionally filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. A new STP single, titled “Meadow”, was serviced to radio last week and was performed live for the first time during the Troubadour show. Gutt, who was a runner-up in the reality TV music competition show’s third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. … Continue reading

SPOILER: Here Are Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of 2017

Most readers and subscribers do not have the January 2018 issue of Decibel yet. But every year, that doesn’t stop someone from obtaining an early copy of our year-end issue and posting our Top 40 Albums of the Year on a number of message boards and blogs. So, we figured we’d beat them to the punch. Anyway, if you’d prefer remaining in suspense until your copy arrives in the mail, please go here. The rest of you can venture on, but if you’d actually like to read editorial on these releases (for, you know, context), interviews with the artists who rank at the top of … Continue reading

LACUNA COIL's Next Album Could Be 'Way Heavier,' Says CRISTINA SCABBIA

LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia has told Metal Wani in a new interview that the band has yet to begin writing material for the follow-up to 2016’s “Delirium” album. “We always have new ideas that we’re collecting, but in order to create a new record, we definitely need to be home to focus on the record only,” she explained (hear audio below). “We don’t write when we’re on the road, ’cause we don’t want the distractions. For us, it’s really important to go back to our temple, which is [bassist] Marco‘s [Coti Zelati] basement, where he has a studio, and … Continue reading

ROBB FLYNN Discusses MACHINE HEAD's 'Very Grooving' And 'Melodic' New Album 'Catharsis': 'This Isn't Us At Our Heaviest'

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD will release their ninth full-length album, “Catharsis”, on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014’s “Bloodstone & Diamonds” was produced by MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn and recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. Mastering was handled by Ted Jensen (HATEBREED, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES) at Sterling Sound in New York. Cover photography was created by Seanen Middleton. Flynn told Jason Ellis of SiriusXM that “Catharsis” is a simpler and more straight-forward effort than some of MACHINE HEAD‘s past outings. … Continue reading

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: 'All That Once Shined' Video Premiere

“All That Once Shined”, the new video from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming tenth full-length album, “Grimmest Hits”, which will be released January 19, 2018 via Entertainment One (eOne). The clip was directed by BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s longtime collaborator Justin Reich. Both “All That Once Shined” and “Room Of Nightmares” are available on all digital service providers and streaming services. They are also iTunes instant-gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will receive “All That Once Shined” and “Room Of Nightmares” as an instant download. “Grimmest … Continue reading

ALTER BRIDGE's MYLES KENNEDY To Release 'Year Of The Tiger' Solo Album In 2018

ALTER BRIDGE frontman Myles Kennedy will release a 12-song solo album, “Year Of The Tiger”, in 2018. The effort was helmed by ALTER BRIDGE‘s longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette and was described by Kennedy in a recent interview with Metal Wani as “probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I’ve ever written. I mean, the story is congruent throughout the entire… It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I — … Continue reading

AMON AMARTH Launch New Viking Mobile Video Game In '80s Retro Style

Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have partnered with Swedish video game developer and publisher Ride & Crash Games AB to unleash a new mobile video game. The Game. You are Thor and your mission is simple: cleanse Midgard from all of the vile creatures that are threatening the (*ahem*) peaceful Viking way of life. There are three keys to ensure your success: (1) your hammer, Mjolnir; (2) your control of the freakin’ thunder and lightning!; and (3) your fighting spirit is always high thanks to AMON AMARTH‘s epic music in retro style blasting from over the horizons and into your … Continue reading

IN FLAMES Frontman Says 'It's Stupid' For Fans To Film Entire Concerts

IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén says that he finds it “stupid” when fans watch entire concerts through their cell phones but insists that he “would never throw them out” of the band’s shows because of it. A PERFECT CIRCLE made headlines earlier in the month when more than 60 people were forcibly removed from the band’s concert in Reading, Pennsylvania for taking pictures during the performance in violation of A PERFECT CIRCLE‘s super-strict “no photos” policy. During an interview with Finland’s Kaaos TV conducted before IN FLAMES‘ November 14 concert in Helsinki, Fridén was asked if he is “bothered” by … Continue reading

AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON Pays Tribute To MALCOLM YOUNG: 'I'm Going To Miss Him So Much'

Brian Johnson has paid tribute to his AC/DC bandmate Malcolm Young, calling him a “genius” whose “riffs have become legend, as has he.” Malcolm died on Saturday at the age of 64. He had been suffering from dementia for at least the past three years. In a post on his official web site under the title “For 32 Years We Stood Side By Side On Stage,” Brian wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young. I can’t believe he’s gone. We had such great times on the road. “I was always aware that he was a … Continue reading

WITHIN TEMPTATION Announces Fall 2018 European Tour

Dutch heavy rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION will embark on a European tour in the fall of 2018. The trek will take the band to 33 cities in 18 countries and will end the longest break WITHIN TEMPTATION has ever taken from touring. WITHIN TEMPTATION singer Sharon Den Adel explains: “When our last tour finished, I was having a rough time. I realized I needed take some time out with my family to deal with things and to rediscover myself. It took much longer than expected, but two years on, things have changed for the better. I created my solo album (‘My … Continue reading


LINKIN PARK was honored with the “Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock” award at the 2017 American Music Awards, which was held Sunday night (November 19) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. They beat out other nominees in the category IMAGINE DRAGONS and TWENTY ONE PILOTS. LINKIN PARK members Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson took the stage to accept the award and honor frontman Chester Bennington, who passed away this summer. “First of all, thank you so much to all the fans here and around the world who voted for the band, who have supported the band through … Continue reading

DEF LEPPARD Has Started Writing Material For Next Album

DEF LEPPARD has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2015’s self-titled album. “Def Leppard” was the band’s first studio effort since “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge” in 2008. During a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen stated about the band’s plans for the next LP: “We’ve started writing. We have three songs on the go. Rick Savage [bass] has one, a verse that he sent me. I was messing around with some melodies for that too, and Joe [Elliott, vocals] has this amazing idea and I have this one that’s kind of … Continue reading

MYSTIC PROPHECY To Release 'Monuments Uncovered' Covers Album

German metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY will release a covers album, “Monuments Uncovered”, on January 12, 2018 via Massacre Records. Singer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis comments: “This album is like a love letter to the music that accompanied so many of us, myself included, in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s — and believe me, you have not heard the songs like this before! I’m also really excited to show you a new and different side of MYSTIC PROPHECY!” The album was produced by Liapakis and MYSTIC PROPHECY at the Prophecy Studios, and mixed and mastered by Henrik Udd at Udd Recording Studios (ARCHITECTS, … Continue reading

PETER TÄGTGREN Defends DECAPITATED Against Rape Allegation: 'I Think It's A Setup'

Peter Tägtgren has defended DECAPITATED over accusations that the Polish musicians kidnapped and raped a woman on their tour bus nearly three months ago. The woman alleged she was gang-raped by all four members of DECAPITATED in their tour bus bathroom after the band’s August 31 concert at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her. The musicians were arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. They were held in Los Angeles County Jail before being extradited … Continue reading

Video: MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Performs Acoustic Version Of 'Symphony Of Destruction' With RON KEEL BAND

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson returned to his former hometown of Jackson, Minnesota on Saturday, November 18 for a special end-of-the-year/birthday celebration at Kat’s Hog Heaven, the newest Ellefson Coffee Co. retail location. Located at 608 2nd St, Kat’s is the pride of Jackson, serving a full BBQ dining menu, and now serving and selling Ellefson Coffee Co. coffee and merchandise. Additionally, Kat’s is displaying various items from Ellefson‘s Museum Of Deth, featuring memorabilia from Ellefson‘s life and career. Also appearing was legendary rocker Ron Keel, whose RON KEEL BAND has signed a deal with EMP Outlaw, the new southern rock/outlaw … Continue reading