Five For Friday: February 24, 2023

Greetings, Decibel readers!

If you’re a fan of muscular, crushing death metal, you’ll find a lot to enjoy below, especially in the new albums from Bodyfarm and Wretched Fate. But if you’re more in the mood for introspection, Insomnium and No Spill Blood have plenty to offer.


Bodyfarm – Ultimate Abomination

Straightforward modern death metal. Norway’s answer to Jungle Rot, with touches of Vader and other influences here and there.

Stream: Apple Music

Insomnium – Anno 1696

Melodic death metal for long walks on cold, rainy days. A mature but still engrossing take on the style from Finland’s masters of melancholy fury.

Stream: Apple Music

No Spill Blood – Eye Of Night

A very cool change of pace. Imagine a punk rock band that decided to filter it’s attitude and sensibility through black metal song structures. And then add synths. Like I said, it’s different! I think it’s neat! The band might be on the verge of discovering something new and cool with this sound.

Stream: Apple Music

Venomous Concept – The Good Ship Lollipop

The legendary punk supergroup formed by Shane Embury and Kevin Sharp takes a different turn on this album. Or several turns, really. The band navigates through several styles and forms of punk expression, diverting from their usual grind-infested journey. Oh, by the way, the vinyl release (along with a pink cassette edition) is being done exclusively through Decibel Records.

Wretched Fate – Carnal Heresy

Ok, so this is the right way to try and take the HM-2-pedal guitar sound into the future. Rather than try and rewrite Left Hand Path yet again, Wretched Fate have wandered off into the woods by blending crushing vocals and a full-bodied production sound with it’s devotion to the old ways. When we talked to Thomas Haywood from Redefining Darkness Records, he hyped this album to us specifically. And for good reason.

Stream: Apple Music