Shadow Woods Metal Fest 2018: Five Bands You Should Watch

Decibel has covered Shadow Woods numerous times since its inception, previewing the fest and chatting with bands playing. The weekend-long festival is unique in that the majority of performances take place outdoors, leading to some incredibly special performances, like Panopticon’s in 2017. Shadow Woods IV goes down September 13-15 in White Hall, MD this year, so Decibel chose five bands that everyone attending should watch. Find more information on the fest and tickets here. Imperial Triumphant (Saturday) Avant-garde black metal weirdos Imperial Triumphant crafted an album that I’ll be trying to wrap my mind around well into next year. A mind-bending fusion of jazz and … Continue reading

The Last Word: Roger Daltrey on Marriage, Hip-Hop and the Who Hit He’s Sick of Singing

The frontman also reveals which deep cut he refuses to even consider playing live and explains why retirement isn’t a priority The Last Word: Roger Daltrey on Marriage, Hip-Hop and the Who Hit He’s Sick of Singing The Last Word: Roger Daltrey on Marriage, Hip-Hop and the Who Hit He’s Sick of Singing rollingstone Continue reading

Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan Destroys Christian Group After Finding Album Cover Used For Creationist Meme

After a Christian Facebook page used Cattle Decapitation’s ‘Monolith of Inhumanity’ album cover for a creationist meme, singer Travis Ryan went on attack mode. Continue reading… Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan Destroys Christian Group After Finding Album Cover Used For Creationist Meme Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan Destroys Christian Group After Finding Album Cover Used For Creationist Meme Loudwire Continue reading

Watch 457 Guitarists Attempt to Break Guinness World Record Playing AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell'

A reported 457 guitarists attempted to set the record for Largest Electric Guitar Ensemble at the Sydney Guitar Festival. Continue reading… Watch 457 Guitarists Attempt to Break Guinness World Record Playing AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' Watch 457 Guitarists Attempt to Break Guinness World Record Playing AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' Loudwire Continue reading

Interview: Waking the Cadaver Vocalist on Reunion, New Music and Memes

After a five year hiatus, Waking The Cadaver have announced that they are reuniting with original vocalist Don Campan (Hate Diplomacy) and guitarist Mike Mayo (Ground) with bassist Michael Thomas (Ground, Bandit), rhythm guitarist Tim Carey and drummer Matt Crismond (Corpse Hoarder) rounding out the lineup. The band, who were active from 2006 to 2013, recently announced a show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar on November 24 with Dehumanized and Enemy Mind. Decibel sat down with Campan to discuss some of the details around the long-awaited reunion. Why reunite now? Was there any specific reason you chose 2018 to reunite? The … Continue reading

Sammy Hagar on The Circle New Album: 'It Almost All Has to Do with Greed'

The album is already finished, but the frontman says there isn’t a title for it just yet, though there are some recurring themes throughout the songs. Continue reading… Sammy Hagar on The Circle New Album: 'It Almost All Has to Do with Greed' Sammy Hagar on The Circle New Album: 'It Almost All Has to Do with Greed' Loudwire Continue reading

WOLFHEART: 'Breakwater' Video Premiere

“Breakwater”, the new video from Finnish metallers WOLFHEART, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s long-awaited fourth full-length studio album, “Constellation Of The Black Light”, which will be released on September 28 via Napalm Records. WOLFHEART leader Tuomas Saukkonen stated about the clip: “Again it was an adventure in every meaning of word to go through this video process from beginning to the end. It included, for example, swimming in +2-degree glacier water in Iceland and having significant plastic parts in our backline turned into a liquid form. And the adventure will continue since ‘Breakwater’ is … Continue reading


After recently completing their massive summer co-headliner with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL will head out on the road again this November/December. The “Ten Years Of Exile” USA tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of “This Is Exile”, will feature support from CHELSEA GRIN, OCEANO and SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL. WHITECHAPEL will perform “This Is Exile” in its entirety, plus a selection of other songs. It will be the band’s last run of shows before it returns to the studio to finish recording its upcoming album, due out spring 2019 via Metal Blade Records. Tour dates: Nov. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA – … Continue reading

KING'S X's Long-Awaited New Album Could Arrive Next Year, Says Drummer JERRY GASKILL

KING’S X drummer Jerry Gaskill has confirmed to “The Drum Shuffle” podcast that the band is preparing to enter the studio to begin working on the long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “XV” album. “We are definitely talking about it, and we are actually making plans,” he said (hear audio below). “And so, most likely, there will be a new record, possibly even next year.” Adding that KING’S X is “always writing” new music, Gaskill revealed that he and his bandmates have “gone past the pre-discussion stage” and are now “maybe in the full discussion stage.” He said: “So I think that’s … Continue reading

WARBRINGER To Release 'Power Unsurpassed' Single

Los Angeles-based thrash metallers WARBRINGER will release a brand new single titled “Power Unsurpassed” as a strictly limited seven-inch vinyl single on August 24 and digitally this Friday, August 17. Limited to 300 copies, the vinyl will be available only via WARBRINGER or Napalm Records‘ online store. It was produced by Mike Plottnikoff (IN FLAMES, FEAR FACTORY) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (SLAYER, METALLICA). The album artwork was created by Hugo Juarez. WARBRINGER singer John Kevill commented: “We are putting out a single, ‘Power Unsurpassed’, so we have some new material for you all this summer, as we gear up … Continue reading

Partial MURDERDOLLS Reunion To Take Place This Thursday In Hollywood

MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 will reunite with onetime MURDERDOLLS members Eric Griffin and Acey Slade on stage for the first time in over a decade this Thursday, August 16 at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. The event, which will celebrate the life of former MURDERDOLLS drummer Ben Graves, will see the trio performing some of the group’s classic songs. Graves, who also worked with PRETTY BOY FLOYD and DOPE, passed away on May 9 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was only 45 years old. Concerns about Graves‘s health were first raised when he collapsed during a PRETTY BOY … Continue reading

GOATWHORE To Headline Eighth Annual 'Metal Alliance Tour'

GOATWHORE, pioneers of the blackened death metal scene, will headline the eighth installment of the “Metal Alliance Tour”. Each year this touring festival, which is presented by hot sauce company High River Sauces, assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of metal. The “Metal Alliance Tour” will make the trek across United States and Canada starting on Halloween at GOATWHORE‘s hometown on New Orleans and continue through November. Joining the tour are New York City street punk legends THE CASUALTIES, sludge metal band BLACK TUSK, Boston hardcore outfit GREAT AMERICAN GHOST and opening the tour will be split between … Continue reading

SIRENIA To Release 'Arcane Astral Aeons' Album In October

Nordic epic metal masters SIRENIA will release their new album, “Arcane Astral Aeons”, at the end of October via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2016’s “Dim Days Of Dolor” marks the band’s second LP to feature French vocalist Emmanuelle Zoldan, who replaced Spanish singer Ailyn Giménez García two years ago. SIRENIA guitarist Morten Veland commented: “We are very pleased to present the artwork for our new album, ‘Arcane Astral Aeons’. Once more we have worked with designer Gyula Havancsák to create an artwork that renders and adorns the heart and soul of our music. “The album was recorded in Audio … Continue reading

SAMMY HAGAR Says Upcoming THE CIRCLE Album Is 'About The World Monetary System'

Sammy Hagar spoke to The Mercury News about the upcoming first album of all-original material from THE CIRCLE, his critically acclaimed supergroup also featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. “I don’t have a name for it,” he said. “Right now, I am calling it ‘Hey Hey Hey’, because I say that in two songs — the first song and the last song. It’s about the world monetary system. It’s about crooks and it’s about good people and it’s about the Devil and it’s about God. It ends up it’s about greed. Greed makes people do weird stuff — … Continue reading

CHEVELLE Has 'About Half' A New Album Written, Says Drummer SAM LOEFFLER

CHEVELLE drummer Sam Loeffler has confirmed to the Lazer 103.3 radio station that the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2016’s “The North Corridor” album. “We’ve got about half a record that we’ve been working on forever,” he said (hear audio below). “Pete [Loeffler, guitar/vocals] always has songs that he’s working on, so when we start to write, we have a really good amount of stuff to pool from, which is great. So, yeah, we’ve been just taking our time. We all try to get a little bit of life in between there, but we’re writing, … Continue reading

DEE SNIDER: 'Screaming With Anger, That's What I Do'

Dee Snider says that he never expected to release two vastly different solo albums in the space of less than two years following the completion of TWISTED SISTER‘s touring career. Speaking to Rawstatica at this past weekend’s Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival, Snider — who is promoting his new “For The Love Of Metal” disc — said: “I really thought I was done — I really thought I was done” after TWISTED SISTER played its final show in November 2016. “Now, I did another solo album, which I wasn’t expecting to do a year ago, and that was kind … Continue reading

GODSMACK Frontman: 'We Play Music For Us And We Hope That People Come Along For The Journey'

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna spoke to Cameron Buchholtz of Rock 100.5 The KATT about the band’s decision to take a slightly different musical direction with its latest album, “When Legends Rise”. “We wanted to expand a little bit more and try some different textures and colors and just some things that we haven’t experimented with yet,” he said (see video below). “And so far, we’ve been having a great time with it. It’s a breath of fresh air for us too.” According to Erna, the response to the new GODSMACK music from the band’s diehard fans has been “good. There … Continue reading

DISTURBED To Embark On 'Big' U.S. Tour In Early 2019

DISTURBED recently launched an online poll to collect public opinion regarding the type of track that should be unveiled as the first taste of the group’s upcoming seventh album. The two choices provided in the poll were: “Heavy” and “Ballad.” Speaking to El Paso’s KLAQ 95.5 radio station, DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren stated about the band’s decision to get its fans involved (hear audio below): “We were letting the fans decide. We decided that what better way to continue to show our appreciation for our fans — the people who have stuck with us, from day one, always showing their … Continue reading