Fear Emptiness Decibel



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…

I’d qualify this as a “regional” Fear, Emptiness, Decibel since my purpose here is to remind you that the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour  is down to its last three stops—Quebec City, Worcester  and NYC—but it doesn’t have to be. I went to the Philadelphia show this Sunday and one of our dearest longtime contributors, Scott Koerber, drove eight fucking hours specifically to see Evoken, then walked in the door 30 seconds before they went on. Now that’s some slow, deep and hard satisfaction. So, if you’re in Peoria or some shit (and Axl has personally assured me that 85 percent of the commentariat hails from Peoria), shout at the devil and gas up now. The shows are tonight, Friday and Saturday, so you can follow up worshipping at the altars of radness with Sunday mass and all will be forgiven.

I don’t want to spoil the experience for everyone, but I carted some magazines, banners and whatnot over with the editor-in-chief beforehand, and backstage was basically a Nag Champa factory. For a second I thought we were going to be unrolling Jim Morrison blacklight posters instead. Not sure how well the incense counteracted whatever the Devil’s Blood and Watain doused themselves in later in the evening, but I can assure you that the frontman of the latter is a perfect gentleman offstage. Decibel Senior Designer Bruno Guerreiro made him a cup of coffee prior to the show. You’ll never guess how he likes it.

Here’s a candid:


The June 2012 issue of Decibel features High on Fire, Prong, Torche, Unsane, Suffocation, and an awesome Paradise Lost flexi disc, and can be ordered hereBut why not just get a full subscription to ensure that you never miss an issue?

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