The New Noise:
An Oral History of Decibel Magazine

By Steven Ward


In my humble opinion, Decibel is the best American music magazine published today. It just so happens that Decibel covers the world of extreme metal, carrying features and interviews with bands such as Napalm Death, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, and Rotting Christ.

I confess that I've never heard of more than half of the bands covered in each monthly issue. But reading Decibel makes it fun to learn all about them. Decibel's secret is this: the writers and editors put together a metal magazine that is both funny and irreverent as well as serious and authoritive on a subject that deserves both approaches. Those kind of music magazines just don't exist anywhere else.

The magazine's cover tag line says it all: "The New Noise."

Several Decibel staff members and contributing writers e-mailed answers to some questions I sent about how the magazine started, their favorite parts of Decibel, and why they love writing for the magazine so much.

Thanks to all Participants: Anthony Bartkewicz (Associate Editor); J. Bennett (contributing writer); Andrew Bonazelli (Managing Editor); Brent Burton (contributing writer); Nick Green (contributing writer); Kory Grow (contributing writer); Alex Mulcahy (Publisher); Albert Mudrian (Editor in Chief); Scott Seward (contributing writer); Rod Smith (contributing writer); Kevin Stewart-Panko (contributing writer); Nick Terry (contributing writer)


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