Five For Friday: March 18, 2022

Greetings, Decibel readers!

The light of spring may be upon us, but darkness reigns eternal with this week’s new releases. As always, we’ve got a good mix of well-known bands and emerging newcomers, so there should be a lot of riffs to discover.


Dark Funeral – We Are The Apocalypse

It’s Dark Funeral, so I hope you like blast beats! Dark Funeral has long been the standard bearers of fast, cutting and sleek Swedish black metal. But this album and the previous album shows the band better develop its songwriting craft, dynamics, and approach to production that makes their newer music more interesting and enjoyable.

Stream: Apple Music

Extinction A.D. – Culture of Violence

Thrashy, groovy metal that harkens back to the post-Nu metal mid-2000s. Metal like this follows the songwriting logic of hard rock, but brings in heavier elements to give it more heft and power than washed-out radio rock. It’s a style that relies on hooks to deliver the goods. And there’s a lot of good to be found here.

Stream: Apple Music

Midnight – Let There Be Witchery

We here at Decibel are big advocates of the Satanic royalty in Midnight, so it’s important that we backtrack a couple weeks and chat about Let There Be Witchery. If you like to party, but you also love evil, crank this up.

Stream: Apple Music

Ritual Earth – MMXX

The debut album from this Philadelphia outfit takes you across the desert and into the stars for the ideal tripped-out metal experience. Heavy and smooth in equal measure.

Stream: Apple Music

Zwaard – Bloed en Wijn

Dark, disorienting, unsettling. The type of black metal for when you want to have nightmares.