Five For Friday: August 21, 2020

Greetings, esteemed Decibel readers!

Did you enjoy your week? Was it hopefully not as miserable as you expected? Did you enjoy the never ending set of vapid, glorified political infomercials shoved into our screens? No? Well, strap in! You got a whole other set of horrendous branding headed your way next week!

In the meantime, check out this week’s notable new releases below. Lots of death metal — that always helps.

Atramentus – Stygian

There used to be a joke about doom metal that was something to the effect of: “You know it’s doom metal when you can run and get a beer in between snare hits.” That gives you a pretty solid idea of what you have in store for this funeral-ready soundtrack to the end times here.

Stream: Apple Music

Expander – Neuropunk Boostergang

And now for something completely different. Metal and punk flourished in the 80s with subject matter dealing with anxieties about the apocalypse and the potential alienating effects of technology on humanity. Expander picks up where thrash and street-punk left off and pushes these harsh worries into our tenuous present.

Stream: Apple Music

Incantation – Sect of Vile Divinities

You know what you’re getting yourself into here. Entire factions of the death metal universe owe their existence to Incantation, so it’s always good to hear what John McEntee and co. are putting out. Sect of Vile Divinities recalls much of the same crisp energy summoned on the previous two albums. Nothing wrong with that.

Stream: Apple Music

Jesus Wept – Apartheid Redux

Do you like Carcass? Do you wish there was more death metal that stuck to that direction? Go listen to Exhumed. Oh? You prefer the Heartwork and Swansong era of the band? Ah. Listen to Jesus Wept instead. Sure, the inspiration is super obvious, but they make it so fun and catchy, you really can’t hate on it. Expect great things from these guys.

Stream: Apple Music

Recorruptor – The Funeral Corridor

Exhilarating, crushing, violent death metal. The Funeral Corridor is the band’s follow-up to 2017’s Bloodmoon, and should be your lesser-known band to dive into this week. I mean just look at this line: “Lord of torment narrows further / with desire to pulverize.” Yea, that’s the stuff!

Stream: Apple Music