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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Top customer reviews
One of the best things about this magazine is how it covers all genres and eras. They'll do a profile of some obscure grindcore or doom metal band or a band that is just doing something entirely new. And they do cover stories on popular older bands like Iron Maiden, but then they'll do a cover story on bands that might not be that popular, but are still some of the best out there, like Pig Destroyer and Pelican. So they try to have something for everyone here. There's some good articles for people who aren't huge metalheads and plenty of stuff here for people that want to dig a little deeper. But what they don't do, at least not for a while now, is do cover stories on popular bands that just kinda suck. Their cover story on Trivium has become a joke among the magazine's readers and writers and doesn't look to be something that will be repeated.
Reviews are usually well written. They're not afraid to give out a couple of 9's to the albums that deserve them each month. These, as well as pretty much everything else in the magazine, are usually written with a lot of humor, but you can still tell these are people who genuinely love this music. Also they review a lot of different stuff. You might see Cannibal Corpse, Jesu, Queens of the Stone Age, and even really inventive heavy hip hop like Dalek in the same issue.
The magazine's most popular feature is probably the Hall of Fame. This is an article in each issue where they induct a classic album into their Hall of Fame by interviewing every band member involved in the making of it. The interviews are usually really informative and often include some funny anecdotes.
Another good article is Call and Response where they send seven mp3s labeled only by song title to a different musician and ask for their opinion on them. This usually leads to musicians just totally trashing other bands, sometimes bands they're friends with. Other times, it shows you just how insanely knowledgeable some of these guys are about these bands.
Anyway, this review is already going on pretty long, but there are so many things I like about this magazine. There's always some interesting articles and it's always turning me onto good music. And it's pretty funny too. Check it out.
I wouldn't know where to begin with the amazing content this magazine contains. Decibel begins with the usual news, release dates, and reader mail, but starts to get more interesting with a Q&A section featuring Carcass vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker. Next, an 'UPFRONT' section which reviews concerts, studio updates and lays out up and coming band profiles. A dozen or so pages later begins the comprehensive interviews and articles, which blow other 'metal' music magazines clear out of the water. Not to mention a Call & Response section in which a member of a well noted extreme band reviews songs from music reaching far beyond the metal world. What some of these fellas have to say about music today is, at most times, quite hilarious. Then there's the Decibel Hall Of Fame, in which they revisit and thoroughly disect metal classics that define what makes the music so great today. Then comes the reviews. Dozens and dozens of pages make up the extensive review section. You know that band you've been hearing about that you really want to check out, but are not too sure of all the hype? Yeah, it's most likely reviewed in there. The magazine ends with the best contests a magazine has to offer, with prizes ranging from huge Autographed CD/Tshirt/Hoodie/Sticker/Vinyl packages to single CD's or T-shirts. The last page ends with some off the wall rant or analogy or timeline concerning what this magazine's all about. THE METAL
That's all there is to it. Extreme Music. Every bit of it. Pure and simple. Now raise the horns, knock back a cold one and order this magazine!