Five For Friday: February 16, 2024

Greetings, Decibel readers!

Have you gotten your tickets yet for the Decibel Magazine Tour? If you haven’t, just know you’ll be missing the finest display of the burning darkness on offer, with performances from HulderDevil MasterWorm, and Necrofier. Consistent readers of this column will know how much I appreciate Hulder, so there’s no mystery there. And with that amazing new record in tow, the tour promises to blow frigid winds across the entire country.

Enjoy the albums below!

Cercenatory – Goresphere

I don’t know why, but for some reason, music that’s THIS brutal and ridiculous just never fails to cheer me up. I think it’s the pure unhinged quality that feels so over-the-top. Or it’s that I’m imagining the faces of normies as they react in horror and exasperation. God this is so good!

Stream: Apple Music

Eternal Storm – A Giant Bound To Fall

Dark, introspective sounds for fans of KatatoniaNovember’s Doom, and Draconian. There are moments when the aggression kicks up, but the atmosphere and moodiness never goes away.

Stream: Apple Music

Farsot – Life Promised Death

The fourth full-length from the German black metal unit Farsot. As can be expected with anything from Prophecy, the band offers more than standard black metal fare, adding in various instruments to give it almost an existentialist flair.

Stream: Apple Music

Pestilength – Solar Clorex

I feel like the band’s own statement sums up their sound pretty well: “dank mesmeric alchemy” and a “singular approach to creating total sonic irradiation.” The guitars create a vast, cavernous atmosphere, but still retain enough punch to feel like truly crushing death metal.

Stream: Apple Music

Toxikull – Under the Southern Light

Alright, horns up, everyone! It’s time for some true heavy metal! It’s time for a release from Dying Victims! And like so much of their output, Toxikull‘s latest is full of righteous riffs, anthemic choruses, and just overall BIG sounds! Metal made for giant festivals in central Europe with lots of beer and bad tattoos!

Stream: Apple Music