Thanks for Making the Third Decibel Tour Unforgettably Radical!

We’re still recovering from a long, drunken, ripping Sunday night in Silver Spring, MD, the last (slam) dance of the third annual Decibel Magazine Tour. Regional openers Coke Bust got their moniker hilariously plastered on the Fillmore’s marquee; Noisem, Gorguts and the Black Dahlia Murder were in full take-no-prisoners mode; and Carcass blasted through over 25 years of classics in an unforgettable 90-minute finale.

The last date was certainly one to remember, but the entire endeavor was a rousing success for death metal in 2014. Approximately 17,000 people attended the 21-date tour! Thanks to all of the regional openers, touring bands and crew whose sweat and blood made the third time the harm, and most importantly, thank YOU for unfailingly supporting the magazine and the stellar bands we cover. Stay tuned for announcements regarding our fourth annual tour later this year!


The Decibel Magazine Tour Starts TONIGHT!

You've patiently waited out one of the grimmest winters in recent memory. Now it's time to collect your reward: The third annual Decibel Magazine Tour is finally upon us, as Carcass, the Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Noisem descend upon Orlando's Beachum Theater tonight before traversing North America for 21 dates of vintage and modern death metal devastation. If you've been putting this off, your last chance to dance is now, as tickets are going blast-beat-fast.

Once you get that out of the way, what'll you find inside? In addition to a gamut of brutal up-and-coming regional openers, we'll have exclusive Decibel Tour shirt and hoodie designs, available exclusively at the gigs. And of course, you'll want to read all about every participating band in the April issue, available in the webstore now. 

Get sorted and get chuffed. We'll see you on the road!


Tues, March 18 / Orlando, FL / The Beachum Theater 
Wed, March 19 / Atlanta, GA / Masquerade
Fri, March 21 / Dallas, TX / Trees
Sat, March 22 / Austin, TX / Mohawk
Mon, March 24 / Phoenix, AZ / The Press Room
Tue, March 25 / Santa Ana, CA / The Observatory
Wed, March 26 / San Francisco, CA / The Regency Ballroom
Fri, March 28 / Vancouver, BC / Commodore Ballroom
Sat, March 29 / Seattle, WA / Showbox Market
Sun, March 30 / Portland, OR / Roseland Theater
Wed, April 02 / Denver, CO / Summit Music Hall
Fri, April 04 / Minneapolis, MN / Mill City Nights
Sat, April 05 / Chicago, IL / House Of Blues
Sun, April 06 / Columbus, OH / Newport Music Hall
Mon, April 07 / Pittsburgh, PA / Stage AE
Tue, April 08 / Toronto, ON / Sound Academy
Wed, April 09 / Montreal, QC / Metropolis
Thu, April 10 / Boston, MA / Paradise Rock Club
Fri, April 11 / New York, NY / Best Buy Theater
Sat, April 12 / Philadelphia, PA / Trocadero Theatre
Sun, April 13 / Silver Spring, MD / The Fillmore

Carcass image © Black Label Pictures


Decibel Magazine 2014 Tour Issue Available Now!

You didn’t have to be there in ’93. You don’t have to have a Tools of the Trade tattoo beneath a Tools of the Trade longsleeve beneath the white coat at your medical internship. If you have even the most dilettantish passing fancy for death metal, you’d better be at the third annual Decibel Magazine Tour. Carcass headlines, and various vintages of the genre are represented by the Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Noisem

Our own personal Big Four are spotlighted on the April cover, wielding torches, sledgehammers, guitars-as-bats and... uh, rosaries! J. Bennett’s piece captures the cult of personality surrounding Carcass mainman Jeff Walker. He has an abundance of alternately self-deprecating, hilarious, bitchy and acerbic observations about the tour and his tourmates. And the BDM, Gorguts and Noisem leaders reciprocate in kind. Learn all about this historic lineup -- and all the killer regional openers -- in the April issue, available in the webstore now.


DB TOUR NEWS: New Santa Ana Opener and Dallas Venue Change

Late-breaking news for the just-around-the-corner 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour. We’ve added another regional opener that should get you lucky SoCal metalheads good and stoked. L.A.’s mighty deathgrind institution Nausea will be added to the Santa Ana show on Tuesday, March 25, at the Observatory. Gotta appreciate how we’re sticking to the theme of bands who take wayyyyyy too long between full-lengths. Nab those tickets early.

Also, a venue change to announce for Dallas. Our March 21 stop there has been moved from the Prophet Bar to Trees. You can still get your tickets to that date right here.


Your Regional Openers for the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour Are…


Tues, March 18 / Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater

Founded in the swamplands of South Florida in 2005, Maruta have been blurring the lines between grindcore and technical death metal ever since. The band has released two full-lengths through Willowtip Records, 2008’s In Narcosis and 2011’s Forward Into Regression, to very positive reviews. Their forthcoming full-length and Relapse Records debut promises to follow their upward trajectory of extreme music innovation.



Mon, March 24 / Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room

The state of Arizona is best known for its desert landscapes and grand canyons. Yet Gog mastermind Michael Bjella paints a very different picture of his native homeland with Ironworks. Recorded in a late 19th century blacksmith shop, where several members of his own close family toiled, Gog crafts a subversive ode to the death of the American dream using source sounds and atmosphere.


Bastard Feast (formerly Elitist)

Sun, March 30 / Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Portland, OR’s extreme metal/sludge powerhouse Bastard Feast have completed recording their new full-length. The album, the band’s second, will be released on Season of Mist’s Underground Activist Division in 2014. Regarding the new album, guitarist Taylor Robinson says, “The new record is a change in the path for us. We have dialed in our sound even more and sold our souls to Hell to channel more darkness.”



Wed, April 02 / Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Vimana is comprised of former and current members of Cephalic Carnage, Vale of Pnath, To Be Eaten, Swashbuckle and Rainbowdragoneyes. Balancing brutal death metal, grindcore and technical/progressive death metal elements, the band turned heads with their 2012 debut EP, The Collapse (engineered by Dave Otero), and are in the process of writing their as-yet-untitled debut full-length, due out in 2014.



Sat, April 05 / Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Murmur started off in 2007 and immediately received underground recognition. With the release of their fierce and utterly disturbing debut album in 2010, more accolades followed before the band embarked on an even stranger but no less frightening musical journey on a split EP with Nachtmystium the next year. Their boundary-shattering, new, self-titled full-length follow-up will be released later this January.



Mon, April 07 / Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Derkéta is a doom-influenced death metal band from Pittsburgh, PA. They are known to be the first all-female death metal band. The name Derkéta was taken from Stygian mythology; she was the goddess of death of a blood-drinking cult. The band was formed by Sharon Bascovsky (vocals/guitars) and Terri Heggen (drums) in late 1988. Derkéta turned heads with 2012′s debut full-length, In Death We Meet.


Die Choking

Sat, April 12 / Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre

Philadelphia-based grind/punk three-piece Die Choking features current and former members of Total Fucking Destruction, Cop Problem, Burden and Dirty Tactics. Their self-titled, five-song debut EP (recorded with Dan O’Hare at Mark It Zero studios) was released this January. The band is comprised of bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog, drummer Joshua Cohen and guitarist Jeffrey Daniels.


Coke Bust

Sun, April 13 / Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

Coke Bust are a straight-edge hardcore band from Washington, DC that started in 2006. Strongly influenced by the likes of Youth of Today and Heresy, the notoriously DIY quartet—comprised of vocalist Nick Tape, guitarist James Willett, bassist Daniel Jubert and drummer Chris Moore—has appeared on labels as diverse as Six Weeks, Third Party, Refuse, Grave Mistake and Drugged Conscience.

[Snap those tickets up HERE, ladies and germs]