04.07 / Doors 6p / $25
Decibel, one of the better metal/heavy music magazines still in physical print, has sponsored not one, but three tours since 2012, featuring bands like Behemoth, Watain, Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death. It’s rare to find an underground metal tour in the U.S. (or anywhere else for the most part) that neatly balances the demands of a financially viable ("popular") headliner with the clout and credibility of underground heroes desired by hardcore metalheads. In the realm of extreme metal, even the most influential genre-definers often must limit themselves to smaller tours, and in a city like Pittsburgh, that often means only one headliner at a medium-sized to small venue.
So it’s a testament to the skills of the organizers and promoters that the Decibel Magazine Tour 2014 is bringing Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem to the gilded halls of Stage AE, along with local band, Derkéta. Old alternated with the young. The established-and-popular sharing stage with perennial legends and up-and-comers. The band who wrote songs called "Genital Grinder" and "Malignant Defecation" playing at a venue named for American Eagle Outfitters.