Crypt Sermon to Open Philadelphia Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

This reclusive Philly doom collective sprouted Out of the Garden and into our bleeding hearts in 2015. “Crypt Sermon performs live very rarely, even in our hometown,” admits vocalist Brooks Wilson. “While we might not play out as often as other hard-touring acts, we pride ourselves on giving powerful, high-energy performances.” Indeed, there will be a lot to live up to, as Crypt Sermon will be the first of 13 bands to play Decibel events over the weekend at Union Transfer. “We are excited to share the stage with Tribulation,” Wilson adds. “We are longtime fans of theirs, and The Children of the Night was a favorite amongst our band in 2015.”

Horrendous to Open Baltimore Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

Nobody fuses progressive elements with OSDM like the men behind Anareta, our favorite album of 2015. Deci-accolades aside, guitarist/vocalist Damian Herring keeps it modest: “People should show up early to see our set so they can hear what we’re all about,” he says. “We are a very underground band that hasn’t been on tour before, so live appearances are a bit of a rarity. This is a chance for many people to find out who we are.” Herring himself is excited to scope the gents behind our second-favorite album of 2015, Tribulation: “I really enjoy their music and how they’ve evolved over time.”

Breaking News: Skeletonwitch Announce New Vocalist

By now, you all know that the 2016 Decibel Tour will feature mighty Athens, OH death-thrash warriors Skeletonwitch as direct support. Until now, nobody has known the identity of the new vocalist replacing original frontman Chance Garnette, who parted ways with the band last year. We're pleased to help spoil one major element of the forthcoming April cover story on the 2016 Tour: Skeletonwitch's new vocalist is Adam Clemans, of Wolvhammer fame.

The band recently completed recording a new, as-yet-untitled EP, their first new material since 2013's Serpents Unleashed,  tentatively due out this summer. The EP was recorded last month with Kevin Bernsten at Baltimore's Developing Nations (Noisem, Magrudergrind, Mutilation Rites).

"We are extremely excited to announce Adam as the new singer for Skeletonwitch," says guitarist Scott Hedrick. "He's a killer vocalist, lyricist and all-around creative force. Please welcome him to the Skeletonwitch family as we begin this new chapter. As always, thanks to everyone who has, and continues to support us."  

"I'm proud to be a part of the Skeletonwitch camp, and I'm very excited about how the new EP turned out," Clemans adds. "Working with like-minded musicians is always a pleasure, and I'm confident that the new chapter of this band will carry the Skeletonwitch banner properly and proudly."

Get to know Clemans via the video below and pick up the April Decibel here!

Green Death to Open Chicago Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

Heavy/thrash metal from Des Moines. We know what you’re thinking, but subtract four members, masks and, uh, turntables. Green Death keep it simple. “We are generating a lot of buzz from our recent performance at Knotfest 2015 and our signing with David Ellefson’s record label,” says vocalist/bassist Sol Bates. “We promise to deliver a killer set, so come see if we can live up to the hype!” Although the gauntlet’s been thrown, Bates seems equally pumped for Abbath. “The man is a legend, and I can’t wait to see the live set! We are also looking forward to catching Skeletonwitch.”

False to Open Minneapolis Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

A Minneapolis black metal collective that doesn’t title their acclaimed albums shouldn’t care about “revving up the crowd,” and you’d better believe that False don’t. “We’re grateful for those who go out of their way to attend from early on, but ultimately how many people we perform for is of no consequence to us,” the band collectively announces. “If you enjoy our music, by all means come early and join us. How this is fulfilling is not based on how many bodies are in the room, and what will be offered will be the same—regardless if it’s to five or 500 people.”

Khemmis to Open Denver Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

The Rocky Mountain doom/sludge quartet was responsible for our ninth-favorite album of 2015, the crushing Absolution. “Since we play about a quarter of the speed of the rest of the bands, our brand of heaviness should serve as a tasty appetizer for an evening of breakneck riffs and non-stop double bass,” remarks co-vocalist/guitarist Ben Hutcherson. “Plus, we’ll be playing songs from our next album. Show up early and get a sneak peak of the new material!” In case it wasn’t obvious, Khemmis will be vibing on High on Fire after their set. “Matt Pike’s guitar playing is a massive influence, and they absolutely rip live.”

Victims to Open Portland Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

Here at Decibel, we like to extol the virtues of aesthetic violence, not its physical manifestation. But with Victims, you just never know… “Last time we played Portland, it was sold out, the cops came and there was a fight outside,” says drummer Andy Henriksson, “so you never know what’s going to happen when we release the Swedish hardcorepunk tank.” If we survive all that, Henriksson is stoked on one of the tour’s obvious aesthetic draws. “Tribulation is great, but High on Fire is one of the best bands out there, and I just love to see a shirtless Matt Pike.”

BLK OPS To Open Austin Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

Grindcore outlaws Kill the Client did Dallas proud through 2010’s Set for Extinction, and we can’t wait to see frontman Champ Morgan unload the “mind-altering psychological warfare” of new trio BLK OPS. “We started this band to crush minds and blow up eardrums,” Morgan says. “We are changing the game and throwing preconceptions out the window. If you’re into that, then we are here to lay the law down (early).” With a no-bullshit attitude like that, you can see why Morgan’s “ready to see High on Fire. I’ve been a huge fan since the beginning.”

Inferion to Open Atlanta Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

“Inferion has been around since the late ’90s—while many other bands have faded, we are still one of the original death/black metal bands that brought metal to the forefront in South Florida,” says founding guitarist/drummer/vocalist Nick “Thor” Reyes. “Our intense live shows figuratively—and sometimes literally—kick you in the nuts. It’s like a bottle of whiskey, a dose of adrenaline, some HGH or whatever the fuck you’re into.” Cool enough for you? Nah... even cooler. “Not to sound PC and shit, but we are interested in seeing all the bands,” he continues, noting that Abbath and Immortal “played a huge inspirational role in the forming of Inferion.”

Absu to Open Charlotte Date of 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour

From February 1 until February 12, we'll be announcing regional openers for select dates of the 2016 Decibel Magazine Tour every day at noon EST. Get your tickets here!

We’re still waiting on this veteran blackened thrash trio to follow up 2011’s Abzu, which placed in that year’s Decibel Top 40, but in the interim, a most unholy ceremony awaits. “While the cult of Absu was aligning tactics for our forthcoming Merelogical Nihilism Connexus Tour, the announcement of this juggernaut Decibel package gloriously filled the airwaves,” enthuses guitarist Vis Crom. “Our initiation into this particular event was scryed, as we had a confirmed—yet hidden—tour date of our own conspired only miles away. The pentacle is now complete, and Charlotte hosts the foremost rite.”