Five For Friday: November 5, 2021

Greetings, Decibel readers!

Along with the first frost, this week brings a host of new releases from across the spectrum of darkness, from proggy black-thrash to no-nonsense old-school death metal.


Bornholm – Apotheosis

Pagan black metal, made for dark rituals and grand ceremonies. Fans of Falkenbach and Sear Bliss will find a lot to like here. Fun fact, the band also features György from Tormentor on bass, giving the band roots in Hungarian black metal royalty.

Stream: Apple Music

Heads for the Dead – Slash ‘n’ Roll

Halloween may be over, but the horror lives eternally! Death metal-devotees Heads for the Dead have put together a fun serving of horror-movie homages and some choice covers from Ramones and, naturally, The Misfits. They really commit to the theme on “Halloween,” but in a way that works really well with their sound.

Outre-Tombe – Abysse Mortifere

From our premiere of Abysse Mortifere:

Abysse Mortifère (Temple of Mystery), continues where Nécrovortex left a rotting leg in a Saint-Roch back alley. There, below dangerous drugged out psychos and blabbering lunatics, you’ll find nestled deep into the sewer’s wretched confines a guts-out, no-fixes death metal, the very kind that put Shitfun on the gross-out list and beyond all reason Indecent and Obscene on the British guillotine.

Portrayal of Guilt – Christfucker

Well, that album title gets right to the point, doesn’t it? Raw, crushing, punishing hardcore infused with black metal, industrial, screamo, post-hardcore, and all manner of rage and fury.

Stream: Apple Music

Sarke – Allsighr

For those of you who want more of Nocturno Culto beyond this year’s new Darkthrone album. Sarke continues to put out its own blend of progressive, thrashy black metal that hits like Aura Noir combined with the later work of Enslaved.

Stream: Apple Music