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