PEARL JAM Teaming With TICKETMASTER To Save Seattle Concert Venue

According to The Pulse Of Radio, one-time enemies PEARL JAM and Ticketmaster have formed an alliance, along with Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation, Azoff MSG Entertainment and the Oak View Group, to win a contract to redevelop and restore Seattle’s legendary Key Arena. The partnership is bidding to wrest control of the venue from its current owner, AEG. One incentive to let the Live Nation group have the contract would be a possible residency by PEARL JAM at the venue once it is renovated and re-opened. The new Key Arena would be modeled after the Forum in Los Angeles, once … Continue reading

RITCHIE BLACKMORE's Reactivated RAINBOW Is Recording New Music

The revamped version of RAINBOW recently entered the studio to record band’s first new music in more than two decades. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore stepped away from his Renaissance-inspired brand of music with BLACKMORE’S NIGHT last year to perform a handful of shows with a brand-new lineup of the band he had formed after quitting DEEP PURPLE. Although Ritchie initially said that he had no plans to make a new RAINBOW album — explaining in early 2016 that he wanted to “just get back to playing the old songs one more time” — he appears to have changed his mind. He … Continue reading

MR. BIG Recording 'Defying Gravity' Album With Producer KEVIN ELSON

MR. BIG has set “Defying Gravity” as the title of its new album, tentatively due this fall via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2014’s “…The Stories We Could Tell” is being produced by Kevin Elson, who helmed all of MR. BIG‘s early LPs, including “Mr. Big” (1989), “Lean Into It” (1991) and “Bump Ahead” (1993). “Defying Gravity” will feature MR. BIG‘s original lineup — Paul Gilbert on guitar, Eric Martin on lead vocals, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums — with a special guest appearance by drummer Matt Starr. Starr has been filling in on the … Continue reading

Label Spotlight: Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

Philadelphia record label Horror Pain Gore Death Productions is rich with a diverse roster of bands from the metal underground. A one-man operation run by Mike Juliano, HPGD “is a record label / distro that caters toward fans of sick and vile underground metal,” according to their website.  The large majority of HPGD’s releases fall under death, doom or thrash metal, but genre tags don’t limit what comes out on the label. Decibel checked out a few of HPGD’s most recent releases and caught up with Juliano to talk about the founding, present and future of his label.  Find Horror … Continue reading

General Admission Tickets For Decibel Metal And Beer Fest Just $35

Did you get your tickets to the inaugural Decibel Metal and Beer Fest THIS WEEKEND at the Fillmore Philadelphia? Featuring headlining sets from stoner/doom legends Sleep and grindcore masters Agoraphobic Nosebleed plus an appearance by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine on Saturday, there’s something for everyone at the festival.  “Metal & Beer” tickets are officially sold out but don’t despair— one-day general admission tickets are just $35, and the entire weekend just $65!  Check out the full lineups for each day below and get your tickets here.  SATURDAY: Agoraphobic NosebleedMunicipal WasteImmolationPanopticonKriegCrypt Sermon(Special appearance by Dave Mustaine) SUNDAY: SleepPig DestroyerWitheredKhemmisFalls of RaurosCemetery Piss General … Continue reading

ANVIL Rejoined By Original Guitarist DAVE ALLISON At Peterborough Concert (Video)

Original ANVIL member Dave Allison (guitar) rejoined his former bandmates on stage this past Saturday, April 15 at Red Dog in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to perform three songs: “Metal On Metal”, “Forged In Fire” and a cover version of “Born To Be Wild”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below (courtesy of Scotty Flamingo). After Allison and original ANVIL bassist Ian Dickson came up on stage for the first time since 1989 at ANVIL‘s July 2016 concert in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, ANVIL drummer Robb Reiner told Planet Mosh TV: “Yeah, it was the first time in 20-odd … Continue reading

With the Dead Unveil New Track “Vessel of Solitude” Via Decibel Flexi Series 

I miss Cathedral. You miss Cathedral. I miss the days when Electric Wizard were actually great. You miss the days when Electric Wizard were actually great. So, thank the dark lords for doom heathens With the Dead. The band—featuring former Cathedral/Napalm Death vocalist Lee Dorrian, ex-Electric Wizard/Ramesses guitarist Tim Bagshaw, former Cathedral bassist Leo Smee and ex-Bolt Thrower drummer Alex Thomas—will release the follow up to 2015’s Decibel Top 40-cracking self-titled debut on Rise Above later this year. But today, you get the first new jam from them in the short but sick non-LP track “Vessel of Solitude.”  Deluxe Decibel … Continue reading

Former METALLICA Bassist JASON NEWSTED's Paintings To Be Displayed At 'Rawk' Exhibition In New York

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted will debut his first major international exhibition of his contemporary art, titled “Rawk”, at the third edition of Art New York at Pier 94, opening Wednesday, May 3, and continuing through Sunday, May 7, to kick off New York Art Week. This year, Art New York will display the finest work of the modern, post-war and pop eras, and feature paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design and sculpture from masters, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning and Ed Ruscha. “This will be our most exciting year yet,” said Katelijne De Backer, director of Art … Continue reading

Q&A: Jinx Dawson On The Return Of Coven and Spirituality In a Dogmatic Age

When Black Sabbath was still performing blues covers in bars Jinx Dawson was turning heads with the groundbreaking band Coven. Long before pentagrams and upside down crosses became standard on metal records Dawson shocked labels and critics with her unabashed embrace of the occult. Coven’s first record Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls – pulled from shelves right around the time of the Manson murders – is now regarded as a classic, and the sound and look were the boilerplate for the vast majority of the occult rock bands that started a few years into the new millennium (for a … Continue reading

Challenged Hate: Fisher House Foundation

In exchange for a confirmed $50 or more donation to Fisher House Foundation, we offer you space to review—in 150 words or less—an album of your choice and the first five submissions will be printed in next month’s issue of Decibel. Are you a band or label looking for some inexpensive promo? Are you an opinionated loudmouth who wants to express why the new Mastodon record sucks? Or are you an old fart and want to remind people why Entombed’s Clandestine is better than Left Hand Path?  Make your contribution any time after April 24, 2017, email Decibel at with proof of donation … Continue reading