METALLICA, LED ZEPPELIN, PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN Members Pay Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL At Memorial Service (Photos)

Members of METALLICA, LED ZEPPELIN, PEARL JAM, LINKIN PARK and JANE’S ADDICTION are among the friends and colleagues who paid their respects to SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell earlier today (Friday, May 26) as his ashes were laid in his final resting place. The private event on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery included eulogies by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Tom Morello, PEARL JAM‘s Jeff Ament, LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington and Brad Delson and SOUNDGARDEN‘s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron. Bennington sang “Hallelujah” for mourners, which included Cornell‘s widow and two young children. A photo of Cornell final resting place … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Birdflesh & Organ Dealer Split

You’ve probably heard about a little festival called Maryland Deathfest. Odds are, you probably also know it’s happening at the time you’re reading this. You might even know that two of the bands on the bill, Sweden’s Birdflesh and New Jersey’s Organ Dealer, also have a split release coming out on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.  The split album combines the humorous but raging talents of Birdflesh, who have been steadily releasing music for the last 25 years, with the furious deathgrind of Organ Dealer. Working in tandem, the duo unleash a blistering grind assault.  Horror Pain Gore Death Productions will … Continue reading

Warbeast/Rigor Mortis Singer Bruce Corbitt Retires Following Cancer Diagnosis

Bruce Corbitt, singer for Warbeast and Decibel Hall of Fame-inducted Rigor Mortis has been forced to announce his retirement from music following an esophageal cancer diagnosis on May 23.  This is heartbreaking news, and everyone at Decibel is wishing him the best as he faces the next steps. When we last spoke in March, Corbitt was excited to share the stage with Kreator and Obituary on the Decibel Tour in Dallas.  Warbeast’s third album, Enter the Arena, is scheduled for a summer release. In a series of updates on Facebook, Corbitt said:  “I can’t even begin to explain my feelings. You guys … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Bliss of Flesh – 'Penitent'

On their last two records, Emaciated Deity and Beati Pauperes Spiritu, French death dealers Bliss of Flesh began a trilogy relating to Dante’s The Divine Comedy. On new record Empyrean, Bliss of Flesh finish the story. Stream new track “Penitent” from Empyrean now. “Penitent” is an epic death metal song that uses pieces of black metal to create a grander sound. Black metal vocal stylings and even symphonic elements are injected into “Penitent” in between serpentine riffs and cavernous vocals.  Stream the song below. Empyrean is out July 7 on Listenable Records.  Track Premiere: Bliss of Flesh – ‘Penitent’ Track Premiere: Bliss … Continue reading

Rest in Power (1964-2017): 10 Heavy Soundgarden Songs to Remember Chris Cornell

There are many ways to process the death of a famous artist or musician. One is the overdone eulogizing and canonization of our fallen heroes that resembles the death of a strongman in a dictatorship (John Lennon and Kurt Cobain being prominent examples of this). Another is the oh-so-clever dismissal of the artist’s work as the product of a time and place or “something I listened to when I was young, before I started listen to boring dross to show my other smart friends how classy I am.” Some of the latter has emerged in the wake of Chris Cornell’s … Continue reading

CHRIS CORNELL Manager On Singer's Suicide: 'It's Incredibly Bizarre'

Chris Cornell‘s longtime manager, Ron Laffitte, says that the SOUNDGARDEN fronman “must have been out of his right mind” to have committed suicide just hours after performing with the band in Detroit on May 17. The singer was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room. A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell‘s wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement last week questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if “substances contributed to … Continue reading

Eyehategod's Mike Williams on liver transplant, recovery, and addiction: “I will never regret anything”

Eyehategod’s Mike Williams (photo by Daymon Gardner). Eyehategod vocalist Mike Williams grew up hard in the ’80s, when he was a teenager going to punk rock shows and starting down a reckless, nihilistic path that led to him becoming the vocalist of one of underground metal’s most extreme bands. It also led to the day when a doctor told Williams that he had destroyed his liver from years of abuse and that he needed to have his replaced. “Yeah, man; I was a teenager back in the old days, going to see Black Flag, Misfits, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, that … Continue reading

BRUCE KULICK Says He Had To Play Politics In KISS

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has revealed he had to take band politics into account when pitching a song to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during his twelve years in the band. Speaking to Hot Metal, the 63-year-old said he could never play a song idea for both Simmons and Stanley — he had to chose which one would give him the best chance of success. “During my years with KISS, it was always a challenge to make Gene or Paul really zone in and say, ‘I wanna work on that,’” Kulick said. “Then the issue with them was, if … Continue reading

CHRIS CORNELL's Music Sales And Streams Up More Than Five Hundred Percent Following His Death

According to Billboard, Chris Cornell‘s catalog of music — including his solo releases and recordings with his various bands — has seen a 552 percent increase in combined sales and on-demand streams since his tragic passing on May 17. Cornell‘s songs have been streamed (in both audio and video format) 32.5 million times in the week ending May 18 (up 549 percent from 5 million), his catalog of albums sold 38,000 copies (up 1,732 percent from 2,000), and his songs sold 144,000 downloads (up 2,222 percent from 6,000). Seven Cornell tracks have landed on the Hot Rock Songs chart: SOUNDGARDEN‘s … Continue reading

Then Comes Silence release video for ‘The Dead Cry For No One’

New darkwavers Then Comes Silence have released a video for the track ‘The Dead Cry For No One’. Then Comes Silence have announced their signing to Nuclear Blast. ‘The Dead Cry For No One’ is the first single off the band’s upcoming fourth album, ‘Blood’, which is scheduled for release on 20 October. You can buy ‘The Dead Cry For No One’ here. The band have won over fans in the world of metal: Dani Filth has said: “Just listening to it now, and loving it! Reminds me of post punk bands like The Mission, Generation X, New Model Army, Christian … Continue reading