Original CANDLEBOX Lineup To Reunite For One Night Only In Seattle

’90s rock icons CANDLEBOX are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album, which was certified four times platinum, by doing what they do best — bringing their explosive, passionate performances to cities across the country as part of their “25 Years Of Rock & Still Rolling Tour”. Kicking off January 25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the trek will see this powerhouse band — Kevin Martin on vocals, Adam Kury on bass, Brian Quinn on lead guitar, Island Styles on guitar and Robin Diaz on drums — perform the hits from the album that launched its … Continue reading

Watch: Dyscarnate – ‘Nothing Seems Right’

Dyscarnate unleashed their first album in five years, titled With All Their Might, in the fall of 2017. It contained a well-balanced mixture of brutality, grooves and even slower songs, like “Nothing Seems Right.” Already a powerful track, the band’s brand new music video for the song fleshes that out further. The video was created by Dark Tranquility guitarist Niklas Sundin and focuses in on the theme of isolation. In one scene, a person standing on a floating rock structure falls to his knees while the structure falls apart beneath him; in another, the figure is left alone to push a boulder … Continue reading

Former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Guitarist NICK CATANESE Pleads Guilty To Sending Sexually Explicit Photos To 14-Year-Old Girl

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, former BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nicholas Catanese pleaded guilty Tuesday (January 16) to sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old female. The 46-year-old musician also solicited sex acts from the teenager, according to the criminal complaint. Catanese pleaded guilty to unlawful contact, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. He was ordered by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel to serve five years of probation, register for 25 years as a Megan’s Law offender, avoid contact with minors and have no access to internet-capable computers. Catanese was an instructor at the … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Torn Shore – “Reduced”

In November, I wrote about Polish hardcore outfit Torn Shore and how their new album, Reduced, was a chaotic, explosive hardcore record that followed in the footsteps of Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan and their ilk. Today, Decibel has obtained an exclusive full stream of Reduced for your listening pleasure. Clocking in at 11 songs in 25 minutes, Reduced is a masterclass on how to chew the listener up and spit them out before they’ve had a moment to breathe. It should establish Torn Shore as a force in the genre, while pointing toward exciting things to come. Listen to it now, and buy it at Torn … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Anarchos – “Invocation Of Moribund Spirits”

Those who prefer their death metal to sound like a chainsaw to the face and to feel like a jackhammer pulverizing the spinal column will do well to check out this Netherlands-based outfit. While Anarchos is a relatively young band, the men behind it are inveterate purveyors of the macabre and the obscure. Death metal is a lifestyle for these maniacs, yet Invocation Of Moribund Spirits reeks of freshly spilled guts. Because although the players behind Anarchos are seasoned and deeply knowledgeable regarding this deadly practice, and while the entirety of Anarchos’ debut is straightforward, no gimmicks death worship, these … Continue reading

SACRED REICH Parts Ways With Drummer GREG HALL

Greg Hall has announced his departure from SACRED REICH. The drummer confirmed his split with the veteran Arizona thrashers in a post on his personal Facebook page. He wrote: “So… I want you all to hear this directly from me. I am no longer the drummer for SACRED REICH. I was (rather abruptly and by phone I might add) fired. “I won’t go into details at this time; you will hear my story when the time is right. I just want everyone to know how much it has meant to me to play for you! Those moments on stage were … Continue reading

MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN Explains 'Catharsis' Album Title

Pete Bailey of the “Binge Thinking” podcast on Primordial Radio recently conducted an interview with MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below. Asked why MACHINE HEAD decided to call its new album “Catharsis”, Flynn said: “I think when we started looking at the record and what was on the record, it was… it’s an eclectic record. It’s a pretty diverse, weird record. And it had so many different, varying emotions. On the one hand, you’ve got songs like ‘Volatile’ or ‘Bastards’, which are very social, political commentary. On the other hand, … Continue reading

Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist JEFF YOUNG Claims He Received New Letter Of Apology From DAVE MUSTAINE

Jeff Young has shared a letter he claims he received from Dave Mustaine less than two months ago in which the MEGADETH leader purportedly apologized to his former bandmate for “disclosing [their] secrets” and invited him to take part in the group’s hypothetical Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. The guitarist, whose entire career with MEGADETH was spent recording and touring in support of the band’s 1988 platinum-selling album “So Far, So Good…So What!”, revealed the contents of the letter during the latest episode of his “Music Without Boundaries” Internet radio show. Claiming that the letter was forwarded to … Continue reading

Enemy Soil Discuss Reunion, Maryland Deathfest, New Music and Politics

“When this war breaks out, the bombers and the stranglers are gonna fall into each other’s arms and say ‘Well, now we have to fall in line behind the president,’ but what I say is now is the time when we need to take to the streets and shut this country down once again.” And thus begins one of the most acerbic and blistering pieces of grindcore in the subgenre’s history, Enemy Soil’s Casualties of Progress. The audio sample, torn from a public radio broadcast on the eve of the first Gulf War, sets the tone for not only the … Continue reading


ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the project featuring ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, will release its debut album in the fall. ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE spent time in 2016 in a California studio recording material for the follow-up to its 2014 self-titled EP. Helming the sessions once again was producer Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR), with Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ASHES DIVIDE) returning behind the kit. In a brand new interview with AXS, Bello stated about ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE: “Dave and I have done a lot of bass clinics together; we work with Hartke bass amps. … Continue reading

METALLICA/MÖTLEY CRÜE Producer BOB ROCK To Co-Host 2018 JUNO Songwriters' Circle

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that eight-time Juno Award-winning artist Jann Arden and Canadian producer Bob Rock, who has been responsible for some of the biggest rock and metal albums of the last thirty years, including all of METALLICA‘s studio output during the 1990s and early 2000s, will co-host and perform at the 2018 Juno Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN, Sunday, March 25 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre. After co-writing what is known as Arden‘s most personal and poignant album to date, “These Are The Days”, to be … Continue reading

NEAL SCHON Joins JOE SATRIANI, PHIL COLLEN, JOHN PETRUCCI For 'Superstition' Cover In Oakland (Video)

JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon appeared as a guest at this past Sunday’s “G3” concert at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The “G3” tour features Joe Satriani, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen and DREAM THEATER axeman John Petrucci. The four musicians were joined by singer extraordinaire Debbi Blackwell-Cook (DELTA DEEP) for an electric rendition of Steve Wonder‘s “Superstition”. Check out fan-filmed video footage below. Last week, JOURNEY drummer Steve Smith apparently confirmed to the Marin Independent Journal that his band will embark on a six-month tour with DEF LEPPARD in May. The trek, which is expected to include around 60 … Continue reading

OBSCURA Completes Work On 'Diluvium' Album

German technical death metal masters OBSCURA have completed their fifth full-length album, “Diluvium”, for a summer 2018 release via Relapse Records. The disc was recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (TRIPTYKON, PESTILENCE) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany. Some special contributors were involved with the making of “Diluvium”, including Linus Klausenitzer‘s father, Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer, who has worked previously as a violinist and conductor with renowned musicians Arvo Pärt, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Mikis Theodorakis, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and many more. Additionally, Jonas Baumgartl, a founding member of OBSCURA, who was a key member of the band between 2002 … Continue reading

BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD To Release Limited-Edition Book/Vinyl Set Of His Artwork

On February 22, BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward will reveal a new side of his creative life with art team and publisher SceneFour. More than a year in development, the comprehensive book and vinyl set is said to be “unlike anything” SceneFour has done before. The hardbound book showcases all of the artwork featured in Bill‘s art debut collection, “Absence Of Corners”, along with poetry for each piece, never-before-seen images, a foreword by ex-SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo, handwritten original notes from the drummer as he creates the poems, along with a vinyl spoken-word 10-inch color vinyl with Bill reading the … Continue reading

NIRVANA, AEROSMITH, QUEEN, JIMI HENDRIX Among 2018 'Grammy Hall Of Fame' Inductees

Continuing its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, the Recording Academy has announced the newest inductions to its distinctive Grammy Hall Of Fame. The latest additions recognize a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by the Recording Academy‘s National Board of Trustees. With 25 new titles, the Hall, now in its 45th year, currently totals 1,063 recordings and is … Continue reading

SYMPHONY X To Begin Work On Follow-Up To 'Underworld'

New Jersey-based progressive metallers SYMPHONY X are tentatively scheduled to regroup next month to begin work on material for the follow-up to 2015’s “Underworld” album. SYMPHONY X completed an extensive tour behind “Underworld” in 2016, including a U.S. run of shows with OVERKILL and a pair of headlining performances in Australia. Asked in a brand new interview with Metal Nation for an update on SYMPHONY X‘s current status, LePond said (hear audio below): “In 2017, SYMPHONY X did not perform. Michael Romeo [guitar] was working on a solo album, which he’s finishing up now. And Russell [Allen, vocals], he was … Continue reading


Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of San Diego, California-based rockers P.O.D. (PAYABLE ON DEATH). Over the span of two decades, P.O.D. has released 10 studio albums, including the triple-platinum “Satellite”. They have had several hit songs, including “Southtown”, “Alive”, “Youth Of The Nation” and “Boom”, and most recently with their Active Rock singles “Higher”, “Beautiful” and “Lost In Forever”, which reached No. 1. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, racked up four #1 music videos, and contributed songs to numerous major motion picture soundtracks. The members of P.O.D. are also active members of a tight-knit … Continue reading

Listen To JIMI HENDRIX's Previously Unreleased Reworking Of MUDDY WATERS's 'Mannish Boy'

On March 9, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “Both Sides Of The Sky”, a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970 — 10 of which have never before been released. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180-gram audiophile vinyl 2LP. “Both Sides Of The Sky” is the third volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the music legend’s archive. Beginning with “Valleys Of … Continue reading

CORELEONI Feat. GOTTHARD Guitarist, RAINBOW Singer: 'Downtown' Song Streaming

“Downtown”, another song from CORELEONI, the new project founded by GOTTHARD guitarist Leo Leoni to pay a very personal tribute to his rock and roll past, can be streamed below. The track is taken from CORELEONI‘s debut album, “The Greatest Hits – Part 1”, which will be released on February 23 via Frontiers Music Srl. Leo Leoni is joined in CORELEONI by Ronnie Romero (LORDS OF BLACK, RAINBOW) on vocals, Hena Habegger on drums, Jgor Gianola on guitar and Mila Merker on bass. Says Leo: “On the 25th anniversary of the release of the first GOTTHARD album, I wanted to … Continue reading


According to The Pulse Of Radio, rock artists around the world responded to the shocking news that THE CRANBERRIES singer Dolores O’Riordan had died suddenly on Monday (January 15) in a London hotel at the age of 46. New STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Jeff Gutt wrote: “Rest In Peace Dolores O’Riordan. I’ve heard people all over the world singing her songs with crowds enthusiastically singing back. Truly a special musician and songwriter.” Singer-songwriter Hozier, a native of Ireland like O’Riordan, wrote on Twitter: “My first time hearing Dolores O’Riordan‘s voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could … Continue reading

LINKIN PARK Bassist Launches Podcast

According to The Pulse Of Radio, LINKIN PARK bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell has launched a new podcast called “Member Guest”. Farrell is co-hosting the program alongside professional golfer Brendan Steele and Farrell‘s long-time friend Mark Fiore. The podcast’s web site states: “We are experts at a few things, and amateurs at many. Cheers to the endless pursuit of golf, music and less important things.” AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows is the first guest on the show’s debut episode, which is streaming now . Upcoming guests include GREEN DAY drummer Tre Cool and pro golfers John Mallinger and Charley Hoffman. LINKIN … Continue reading

THE DEAD DAISIES To Release 'Burn It Down' Album In April

THE DEAD DAISIES will release their new album, “Burn It Down”, on Friday, April 6 via Spitfire Music/SPV. “Burn It Down” is a muscular tour-de-force, a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals. Evoking the best of ’70s rock with moments of Birmingham’s finest, blended with the early works of Boston’s best, “Burn It Down” will do just that: burn down everything in its path until there is nothing left standing. Recorded in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, “Burn It Down” — THE DEAD DAISIES‘ fourth album — was completed in December with … Continue reading

Label Spotlight: Heavy Psych Sounds

Italian record label Heavy Psych Sounds has been keeping the sounds of stoner, sludge and doom metal alive and on wax for over a decade. Accompanied by a booking agency and a roster of bands that spans the spectrum from extreme to stoner, retro, acid, space and psych- rock, Heavy Psych Sounds have become a notable force from within their sonic territory. Decibel caught up with label head Gabriele Fiori to find out more. Find Heavy Psych Sounds online and on Bandcamp. When did Heavy Psych Sounds start, and what led to the creation of the label?Heavy Psych Sounds started around 10 years ago. … Continue reading

DOLORES O'RIORDAN Was About To Record Her Collaboration With Metal Band BAD WOLVES When She Died

Metal band BAD WOLVES issued a statement today via Twitter, expressing its deep condolences at the sudden passing of THE CRANBERRIES lead vocalist Dolores O’Riordan. O’Riordan was set to record her vocals today on the up-and-coming Los Angeles group’s cover of THE CRANBERRIES‘ most famous and successful song, “Zombie”. BAD WOLVES singer Tommy Vext said in the statement: “‘Zombie’ is an incredibly personal song… and we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to… When we heard she wanted to sing on our version, it … Continue reading

Brewtal Truth: Iron Maiden’s New Light Brigade Beer Is . . . Light

British beer drinkers love low-alcohol session ales, the idea being you can have more pints and just generally spend more time at the pub drinking. You know, have a “session.” Iron Maiden wants you to drink a lot of its new Light Brigade Golden Beer (brewed by British brewer Robinsons)—and at 4.1% ABV, you sure as heck can pound these bad boys—because it supports a good cause, Help For Heroes. Says the accompanying press release: “The money raised [from sales of Light Brigade] will help the thousands of Servicemen and women who live with complex wounds and injuries—both physical and … Continue reading


IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was recently interviewed for a special episode of the “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” podcast. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked why he agreed to perform some of the Blaze Bayley-era IRON MAIDEN material upon his return to the band in 1999, Dickinson said: “Well, you know, life’s too short to go around chucking your ego around like that — it’s childish, it’s stupid. And, actually, some of those songs kind of worked [with my voice], some of them didn’t, but you know what? They were all songs which a lot of … Continue reading