|First issue||October 2004|
|Company||Red Flag Media Inc.|
|Based in||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
Decibel is a monthly heavy metal magazine published by the Philadelphia-based Red Flag Media since October 2004. Its sections include Upfront, Features, Reviews, Guest Columns and the Decibel Hall of Fame. The magazine's tag-line is currently "Extremely Extreme" (previously "The New Noise"); the editor-in-chief is Albert Mudrian.
Hall of Fame
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.
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.
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.
Contributing writers include J. Bennett (who wrote 14 of the 25 chapters in Precious Metal), Cosmo Lee, Jeanne Fury, Brent Burton, Chris Dick, Shane Mehling, Joe Gross, Zena Tsarfin, Kevin Stewart-Panko, Liz Brenner, Adem Tepedelen, Shawn Macomber, Adrien Begrand, Andrew Parks and Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle.
- Decibel Magazine, August 2010, No. 70
- "Kicking and Screaming, Metal Back in Music Spotlight". All Things Considered. 2007-02-11. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7350342.
- Morton, Mark (July 31, 2009). "Exclusive Interview: Discussing Precious Metal with Decibel Magazine editor Albert Mudrian". Examiner.com. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- Pierce, Leonard (August 12, 2009). "Metal Box – August 2009". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces. Edited by Albert Mudrian. Da Capo Press, August 2009. ISBN 978-0-306-81806-6
- Decibel Magazine, No # 69, July 2010