Decibel (magazine)

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Decibel
Decibel Logo.gif
Editor-in-chiefAlbert Mudrian
CategoriesMusic
FrequencyMonthly
PublisherAlex Mulcahy
First issueOctober 2004 (2004-10)
CompanyRed Flag Media Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
LanguageEnglish
Websitedecibelmagazine.com
ISSN1557-2137

Decibel is a monthly heavy metal magazine published by the Philadelphia-based Red Flag Media since October 2004.[1] Its sections include Upfront, Features, Reviews, Guest Columns and the Decibel Hall of Fame;[2] the magazine's tag-line is currently "Extremely Extreme" (previously "The New Noise"); the editor-in-chief is Albert Mudrian.[3]

Features[edit]

December 2006 issue with Converge

Hall of Fame[edit]

Each issue of Decibel features an article dubbed the Hall of Fame which pays tribute to a significant album in the history of heavy metal music. All contributing band members to the specific album must be alive at the time of interviewing.[4]

In 2009, 25 of the Hall of Fame entries were used as the basis for the book Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces released through Da Capo Press; the book also includes previously unreleased interview questions that were left out of the magazine articles, and a full piece on Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger that was never published in a magazine due to its length.[4][5]

Flexi Series[edit]

In November 2010, the magazine announced the launch of the monthly Decibel Flexi Series. Beginning with the January 2011 issue (#75), the magazine now includes a limited vinyl flexi disc bound into the magazine each month available exclusively to its subscribers.[6]

Tour[edit]

Beginning in 2012, Decibel puts on an annual tour in the US and Canada. According to metal blog No Clean Singing, typically the tour is headlined by a seasoned death metal band and includes three supporting acts: a “hard-touring band with a dependable legion of fans;” a “critical darling band in search of a wider audience, one that Decibel Magazine has put a lot of page space into supporting;” and a “pit-friendly band with connections to the metal underground, one early in their career and sporting a charismatic frontman.” Some dates of the tour also include local openers. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Potential Markets". Freelance Writing. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Decibel Magazine, August 2010, No. 70
  3. ^ "Kicking and Screaming, Metal Back in Music Spotlight". All Things Considered. February 11, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Morton, Mark (July 31, 2009). "Exclusive Interview: Discussing Precious Metal with Decibel Magazine editor Albert Mudrian". Examiner.com. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Pierce, Leonard (August 12, 2009). "Metal Box – August 2009". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "Decibel Announces Exclusive FLEXI DISC Series! - Decibel Magazine". decibelmagazine.com. 18 November 2010.
  7. ^ "SHOW REPORT: THE DECIBEL MAGAZINE TOUR (AT THE GATES, CONVERGE, PALLBEARER, VALLENFYRE, THEORIES) — SHOWBOX MARKET, SEATTLE, MARCH 31, 2015". No Clean Singing. Islander. Retrieved 8 July 2015.

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