Gone Three Years: Our Cover Story on Jeff Hanneman's Life and Legacy

Gone Three Years: Our Cover Story on Jeff Hanneman's Life and Legacy

Three years ago today Slayer's iconic guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died. On that afternoon, Decibel #105 was almost a wrap. Just days before we were set to go to the print, we scrapped the planned issue and instead printed a nine-page tribute to Hanneman. To honor Hanneman, we are reprinting the main feature from that issue.

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Lord Ahriman (Dark Funeral) interviewed

Lord Ahriman (Dark Funeral) interviewed

** Twenty-two years. That's how long Dark Funeral has been at it. It, being black metal. It, being the black metal lifestyle. It, being two EPs and six full-lengths, going back to 1994, when black metal wasn't hip in your neck of the woods (unless it's Olso, Bergen, or Stockholm). For the past seven years, the Swedes have been writing new album, Where Shadows Forever Reign. They've changed vocalists, with Emperor Magus Caligula exiting after 15 years of service to be replaced by Heljarmadr (Cursed 13). New drummer Dominator (The Wretched End) is an inspired blast machine. And bassist Natt (Angrepp) rumbles Lucifer's great thunder. Reinforced with dark legions, Dark Funeral will take Where Shadows Forever Reign across the globe. Rise... Legions!

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Ghoul to release new track "Wall of Death" via Decibel Flexi Series!

It’s been over two years since Creepsylvania miscreants Ghoul have released any new material. Though Decibel enjoyed the beach/surf-themed Hang 10 EP, if you’re like us, we’re guessing you’ve been eager to hear Digestor and Cremator get back to dealing the death/thrash that’s responsible for the majority of Romania’s GDP. 

Thanks to Decibel, now you can. “Wall of Death” will be released as part of the vaunted Decibel Flexi Series in just a few weeks! 

To get this exclusive new rager, you’ll need to subscribe to Decibel's deluxe edition by Monday, May 2 at 9am EST. Active deluxe subscribers can expect to receive “Wall of Death” in the July issue of Decibel.  All that for the less than a price of a goat! 

More good news: You can expect a full-length of new non-flexi material from Ghoul released on Tankcrimes this July!

WOLVES EVOLVE: A Conversation with Ulver's Kristoffer Rygg

WOLVES EVOLVE: A Conversation with Ulver's Kristoffer Rygg

“Everything is permitted.” Considering that's Norwegian experimental collective Ulver's genre description, hindsight confirms it's no surprise they strayed so dramatically from the black metal that shaped their earliest albums. Following the release of their 13th LP, vocalist Kristoffer Rygg shares his thoughts on the band’s evolution and his own artistic journey.

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