If you care about metal, you really should subscribe to Decibel, because as far as I'm concerned, it's not only a source of great writing -- not only a place to discover new music and have new light…   Read Story »
If you go to the Facebook page of the old-school German thrash metal band Kreator, you'll see updates posted from every city the band has visited on their current North American tour: Baltimore;…   Read Story »
In July's Black Market, I wrote a long essay on the ways in which metal bands catfish their fans, and in that piece, I mentioned a number of contemporary examples of this phenomenon, including the…   Read Story »
Guys, I usually kick off the Black Market with a lengthy introductory essay, an aggregation of my thoughts on the month in metal. But August ... August kinda ate me alive. That is not to say that I…   Read Story »
If you watch MTV's Catfish -- and admit it, you do -- you've surely experienced a particular reaction to each episode's respective narrative as it unfolds, usually during the initial interview…   Read Story »
Last week, Grantland published a thoughtful, compelling piece by Steven Hyden titled "The Sad But True Fate Of Pop-Metal." In his essay, Hyden used the new Mastodon album, Once More 'Round The Sun,…   Read Story »
The No. 1 question of Maryland Deathfest 2014 was whether you were going to see the young Swiss duo Bölzer. The Baltimore-based festival spanned four days, four venues, and more than 80 bands, but…   Read Story »
In last month's Black Market, we spent a lot of space celebrating the triumphant returns of numerous kings: Agalloch, Triptykon, Thou, Eyehategod ... even the mighty Metallica came back to us with…   Read Story »
I spent the second week of March at SXSW, and I spent a pretty good percentage of my SXSW at metal shows. In truth, most of the people I talked to at the festival seemed to agree that this year's…   Read Story »
The Black Market bros and I had a few long conversations regarding what was and wasn't appropriate for inclusion in this installment of our column. February may be the shortest month, but this year,…   Read Story »