…from the Pagan Vastlands, many (northern) moons ago, we announced our partnership with f.y.e. for the Decibel Meter, a monthly collection featured both online and in store to make sure you don’t miss any of the darkness-embracing, old-god-worshipping, pagan-past-reviving titles that make your collection extremely extreme. And this month’s list, (corresponding to the November 2018 issue, with Nergal of Behemoth on the cover) offers a variety of titles seasonally and thematically appropriate for the Season of the Witch.
A topic of discussion in this issue’s cover story centers around the existence of both dark and light within us, paralleling how the Celtic holiday of Samhain observed a time when the border between our world and that of the dead was at its thinnest. On the heels of new record I Loved You at Your Darkest, Nergal and Orion echo this sentiment with their often stated idea that “There are no shadows without the light.” Later in the story, the frontman furthers the concept with the advice “Love your darkest side, even if its pathological or scary or repulsive.” That certainly sounds like a statement inspiring some Halloween record grabs to us!
Titles supporting this embrace include Aborted‘s recently released modern death horrror-stravaganza Terrorvision, the ever-surprising and timely-titled Horrendous with Idol, Louisiana sludge/drone/doom genre-benders Thou with the seasonally fitting Magus, caveman battledoom (that should certainly inspire a Halloween costume from someone) Conan with Existential Void Guardian, and heavy metal institution Grave Digger with The Living Dead (the perfect soundtrack to that zombie walk you were considering).
For those looking to add some vinyl goodies to the turntable, fye offers exclusive vinyl in the form of Dream Child‘s Until Death Do We Meet Again in exclusive gold, Polyphia’s New Levels New Devils in exclusive red and black, and Pig Destroyer‘s Head Cage in exclusive smoky vinyl. Perfect for entertaining guests–or a night in when that horror soundtrack gets a bit too spooky (or not spooky enough?).
So as the season of the witch leads up to the day when the worlds are closest, and you need some suitable listening, check out the full list of this month’s Decibel Meter at f.y.e.’s website, or head straight to the nearest f.y.e location to stock up!