Five For Friday: October 15, 2021

Hello, Decibel readers!

This week’s set of new releases is really great if you like your metal well-produced, full of power, and with an eclectic mix of styles and influences. Oh, and if you like acoustic covers that aren’t just boring drivel, that works too.


Feed The Corpses To The Pigs – This Insidious Horror

This album is really great if you like Carcass, but would love to hear them add modern dimensions to their sound. Feed The Corpses To The Pigs adds a little bit of everything to their sound, some grind, some deathcore, some black metal, some straightforward death metal, some crust beats, and even some thrashy guitar solos. I also respect any band that comes up with a title like “Jesus Is My Respirator.”

Hate – Rugia

This album is really great if you like theatrical, over-the-top, highly-polished blackened death metal. Like their Polish brethren in Behemoth, Hate has tried out a few variations on their sound. From the core of their early years, heavily influenced by bands like Deicide, the band has fashioned itself in the colors similar to Behemoth in the few albums that precede The Satanist, along with a few touches of Vader-style death metal. The sound is powerful, busy, and BIG.

Stream: Apple Music

Melvins – Five Legged Dog

This album is really great if you’ve ever wanted to hear your favorite Melvins songs rendered in acoustic form. I have to say, as someone who usually despises this sort of thing, they did a really great job with this. It helps that the band has been around so long and already has a heavily diverse back-catalog. Once I heard the spooky rendition of “Night Goat,” I knew this was worth recommending.

Stream: Apple Music

Misanthur – Ephemeris

This album is really great if you like black metal that hits you like a wave hits the rocks beneath a lonely lighthouse in a strong gale. Poland’s Misanthur have mastered the art of the melancholy riff, the thundering rhythm, and the blending of post-rock and alternative influences. The mix of harsh and clean vocals is extremely well done here, as is the blending of hard-rock guitar flourishes not often heard in black metal. It’s a sound that explores while still maintaining an engaging coherence, and one I hope we hear more of soon.

Stream: Apple Music

Reaping Asmodeia – Darkened Infinity

This album is really great if you like punishing, bright and extremely busy deathcore. The sound is as in-your-face as the colors on the album cover, and probably represents the coherent limits of this blend of technical death metal, djent-toned guitars and late-2000s deathcore aesthetics. Lots of complicated drumming, crushing breakdowns, and familiar guttural vocals- it’s a 2010-style metal buffet and there’s plenty for everyone!

Stream: Apple Music