This evening I encountered Decibel, a metal webzine-attached-to-a-magazine type of thing. I’ve spent a while reading some of their articles, which I have found to be surprisingly interesting. I therefore offer some links (this was originally going to be a couple of entries on the linklog, but it grew into enough to justify a post):
Decibel on homosexuality in metal (it still stuns me that this is contentious. Is there any genre that has worn gayness more on its collective sleeve?)
Decibel on comedy in grindcore/metal (much like the above link, it seems to be primarily the fans who don’t get it)
Decibel on National Socialist Black Metal (I find this lot too laughable to be worrying, but I suspect that might be a mistake)
Decibel on breaking Straight Edge: part 2 (I’m a drinker admittedly, but holding people to promises they made at the age of sixteen seems bizarre to me)
Decibel on metal and major labels (primarily ‘cos some of this made me laugh)
Decibel’s Justin Broadrick interview (most pop/rock interviews are a waste of electricity, but this serves as a decent potted/streamlined history of the man’s canon)
Nothing to re-invent the wheel, but for different reasons I found them all to be interesting reads. Found via K. Khan-Harris.