Five For Friday: July 1, 2022

Greetings, Decibel readers!

Any week that has a new Hulder release is a great week in my book. But for those of you who don’t enjoy straightforward black metal of the highest quality, we do have some top-shelf traditional metal, 1985-enjoyer metal, headbanger-faceripping metal (if you know, you know), and the soundtrack to you painting your nails black with sharpie back in 10th grade. But in a cool way.


Haunt – Windows of Your Heart

Stream: Apple Music

Hulder – The Eternal Fanfare

The Hulder stanning from me will continue EVEN IF morale improves. She’s my favorite black metal artist working today, and if you want something that sounds a little like Svartalvheim-era Ancient and Shadowthrone-era Satyricon, you should like it too. My only complaint is that it’s only an EP and not a full album. Something to make us look forward to more!

Stream: Apple Music

Ironhawk – Ritual of the Warpath

Mid-1980s worshipping metal, before the legions of black and death bifurcated. This is the kind of music where if you listen to it while sleeping, you’ll wake up wearing spikes and bullet belts. I don’t make the rules, pal, I’m just calling it like I hear it.

Stream: Apple Music

Municipal Waste – Electrified Brain

From Sean Frasier’s piece in Decibel #214:

“you can drown any worries of you had about this being a “grown up” Municipal Waste record. Despite an absence of thrash puns in the song titles, it’s still packed with gleeful gore and campy wordplay. They’re still the same Gooftroopers of Death who wrote a concept split album about Kurt Russell movies (Tango & Thrash) and recorded a triumphant anthem about flying kites”

Get the Album: Decibel Store

Vinterdracul – The Lee Variations

I hope you like vampires. Because this band REALLY likes vampires. And I’m not knocking it, vampires are cool! And so is this album, as it takes the feeling of today’s LLN-worshipping black metal bands and combines it with the technique of old-school deathrock and post-punk. Perfect for a night of 1970s European vampire flicks. One of the band members uses the name Batweilder.

Stream: Apple Music