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.