If you missed the October 2010 issue of Decibel, you’re probably also missing the current issue with a long mandatory interview with Newcastle’s own Misters Lant, Dunn, and Bray about the conception and creation of Venom’s Welcome to Hell LP. Get to work!

That October issue, the Iron Maiden cover, included a four-page preview/excerpt from Jeff Wagner’s upcoming book Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal. This section is all about the leaps and bounds forward made by Chuck Schuldiner and Death—and soon afterward by the likes of Cynic and Nocturnus. Here’s a reprint —look at it as an excuse to re-up your subscription to the only U.S. metal magazine that notices bands like Cynic, Atheist, Enslaved, Voivod, Fates Warning, Between the Buried and Me, and a few of the other 2,112 progressive metal bands Wagner champions in his soon-to-be-classic book. You read it here first! Unless you already read it in Decibel



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