Many freezing moons ago we announced our collaboration with f.y.e. for the Decibel Meter, a monthly collection found both online and in store to help keep the wintry months stocked with suitably frigid tremolo-picked riffs and face-melting rippers alike. This month’s corpsepainted collection syncs up with our March 2020 issue, featuring Mayhem, Abbath, Gatecreeper, and Idle Hands on the cover, and can be viewed in entirety here.
You probably noticed the theme there was black metal, so naturally this month’s collection has some timely titles from the frozen north. A perfect starting point is Abbath’s Outstrider, which provides a perfect soundtrack to any wintry landscape. Other major names from the black metal side include the latest from Hellenic mainstay Rotting Christ with Heretics; the Norwegian plague bearers 1349 with Infernal Pathways; and the blackened speed metal mayhem of Midnight’s latest, Rebirth by Blasphemy.
That isn’t to say the entire collection is all black metal of course; for those looking for something a bit more palm-muted, the list also has recent titles from some deathly mainstays, including Death Atlas by the genre-expanding Cattle Decapitation; Nug So Vile, the next installment of ripping death metal puns from Cannabis Corpse; and Illuminati, the just-released-this-month eleventh full-length from God Dethroned.
And for the vinyl enthusiast, fye has two great exclusives: the absolutely essential, death metal classic Seven Churches by Possessed in opaque red vinyl; and Cruelty and the Beast by Cradle of Filth in opaque orange.