Fear Emptiness Decibel

Fear, Emptiness, Decibel: Cathedral Grace the Cover of the May 2013 Issue

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Before there were blogs there were these things called magazines, and the only metal magazine we still get excited about reading every month is DecibelHere’s managing editor Andrew Bonazelli…

When one is identified as a “tastemaker,” the honeymoon period is quickly curtailed by infantile resentment. (“Fuck Pitchfork, I only hate-read that shit.”) Individuals tend to get off easier than websites or magazines, though (see: John Peel), and we happen to have such an example on the cover of this month’s Decibel. Think tastemakers are pretentious know-it-all twats? This one comes bearing the gift of his own severed head. What’s not to love?

Lee Dorrian has had a hell of a ride—he howled in one of the earliest incarnations of Napalm Death, then left to execute the comparative 180 of doom bastion Cathedral, never enjoying the spoils of Napalm’s evolution from “gimmick band” to grindcore royalty. Along the way, he launched Rise Above, a label that became the premier clearinghouse for international stoner and doom metal. And now he’s closing the lid on Cathedral’s coffin with throwback LP, The Last Spire, a record he claims “should’ve been our second album, not our last one.”

Pay your respects to this living legend by checking out the May issue , which also contains our sickest metal baseball preview yet: interviews with the Oakland A’s Metallica-loving bullpen, Phillies legend Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams and future Hall of Famer/current metal photographer (!) Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson. Cue one of you complaining in the comments about the lack of a hockey preview. Dude, the editor-in-chief can barely be roused to give a shit about football, much less hockey (although his team did just recently crawl out from under the ineffectual, gelatinous thumb of Andy Reid, so give him some time).

The April 2013 issue of Decibel also features Machine Head, Kvelertak, Killswitch Engage, a preview of MDF, and an awesome Exhumed flexi disc. You can purchase it here. But why not just get a full subscription to ensure that you never miss an issue?

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