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Five For Friday: April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020

This week’s edition comes loaded with lots of black metal, a thrash titan, and some deathy grind to push you into the weekend.

Five For Friday: March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

Welcome to our first installment of Five for Friday! In these posts, you’ll find five new releases help to navigate each week’s output of extreme music.

Rejoice! A New Naglfar Album Is on the Way!

March 20, 2020

Naglfar remains consistent in the best possible way: they just keep on making great blackened death metal packed with riff after riff.

Nomad Fundraiser: The Road Crew Needs Your Help!

March 19, 2020

Touring veteran Frank Fanelli has stepped up and started a fundraiser to help out the staff of all those tours affected by the coronavirus.

Video Premiere: Voices of Ruin- “Carved Out”

March 19, 2020

For fans of modern, muscular melodic death metal, the new video from California’s Voices of Ruin is a must-see bloody experience.

Track Premiere: Natur- “Afternoon Nightmare”

March 13, 2020

Natur‘s “Afternoon Nightmare is a a rip-roaring good time for fans of glorious no-nonsense heavy metal: riffs, solos, the whole 666 yards.

Fluisteraars: “Our Search for Musical Freedom”

March 6, 2020

“Bloem” is a gorgeous bouquet of riffs, howls and experimental treats, and yet still fits comfortably within the framework of black metal.

SKAM Smashes All Solids to Liquids

February 28, 2020

If Anaal Nathrakh was more into D-beat and less into using electronic noises in their material, and you’d be pretty close to what SKAM has to offer.

Mayhem Guitarist Teloch: “Touring the USA Is Always the Icing on the Cake”

February 21, 2020

According to the Mayhem guitarist, “Even though it’s a hassle and insanely costly, this is the tour we always look forward to!”

Mare Cognitum: “The Paradox of Harmony and Strife”

February 14, 2020

“That harsh, cold, and uncaring nature of the cosmos contrasts well with its immense beauty, grandeur, and mystery atop a musical canvas like black metal.”

Obsidian Tongue: “A Way to Expel the Sadness, Anger and Fear”

February 7, 2020

“My only ambition is that the music has the capability to help other people release some of the negativity dominating them.”

Hot Graves: “We Thrive on Having Those Anthemic, Fist-Pumping Vibes”

January 31, 2020

Jump back into the steaming coffin of black, death, thrash and crust-fueled glory on “Haunted Graves,” from the upcoming EP from Hot Graves.

Track Premiere: Kvaen – “Septem Peccata Mortalia”

January 27, 2020

For those of you devoted to the power of the unholy riff, Sweden’s Kvaen strikes just the right balance of melody, glory and aggression.

Full Album Stream: Death. Void. Terror.- “To The Great Monolith II”

January 24, 2020

Gaze into the terrifying indifference of the universe with the latest emanation of Switzerland’s Helvetic Underground Committee.

Track Premiere: Azure Emote- “Loss”

January 23, 2020

On the new song, “Loss,” Azure Emote is quite simply experimental tech-death at its best: the ol’ razzle dazzle with a brain-scrambling twist!

Video Premiere: Banisher- “Devil in ISO 5”

January 17, 2020

Check out the new video from Poland’s Banisher, who use riffs to summon the demons birthed from isolation, insanity and violence.

Comfort With Disorder: Finn Mckenty of The Punk Rock MBA

January 10, 2020

Finn Mckenty breaks down what The Punk Rock MBA is all about, and dishes on death metal, “selling out” and why the DIY ethic is a path to success.

My Dying Bride Returns on “Your Broken Shore”

January 3, 2020

The high priests of beautiful gloom and sorrow have returned to offer their latest sermon. Check out My Dying Bride‘s “Your Broken Shore” here.

Drown in Aseptic’s “Cascading Fluids”

January 3, 2020

For fans of classic, 80s-style “cassette death metal” in the vein of old Death and Autopsy, San Jose’s Aseptic is your new capital ship.

Ordeals: “We Will Seize Everything We Can”

December 27, 2019

New York’s Ordeals specializes in a certain kind of darkness. The band’s sound is an entrancing and at times terrifying blend of black metal and death metal.

10 Great Albums for Winter

December 20, 2019

The cold, grim, dark months are upon us. Prepare for your hibernation with 10 excellent albums filled with riffs, sythns and screams.

Genfærd Builds the Stairway to a Bloody “Hævnen”

December 13, 2019

Genfærd‘s new song is a melodic and melancholy work of danish black metal mastery from their upcoming new album due out in 2020.

Unreqvited Guides You as Night Falls

December 6, 2019

Unreqvited are uniquely talented at keeping their influences intact while still merging them into a cohesive force of blackened melancholy.

Let Winter Light Take You “From Sea to Starless Skies”

November 29, 2019

Winter Light, a new force in melodic death metal, unleashes their new EP, From Sea to Starless Skies, packed with riffs and growls for days.

“The Black Candle Volume III: Sympathy for the Devil”: The Interview

November 22, 2019

What does the author of the new Black Candle book have to bring to the world? Silence. Lies. Lust. Blood. Worship. Ritual. Intoxication.

Full Album Stream: Obsequiae – “The Palms of Sorrowed Kings”

November 19, 2019

Castle-metal fanatics, rejoice! The latest excellent offering from Obsequiae is here and streaming in its full glory here at Decibel.

Despised Icon: Q&A With Guitarist Eric Jarrin

November 15, 2019

More than any other band, Despised Icon stands above the remnants of deathcore. Check out our Q&A with guitarist Eric Jarrin to see where they stand now.

Tune Into Frecuencia De Muerte’s “Death Frequency”

November 8, 2019

For anyone wondering what’s going on in the world of punk, Portland’s Frecuencia De Muerte is one of the best bands to watch.

Vadiat: An Assembly of Death Metal Veterans Delivers New EP, “Darkness Proceeds”

November 1, 2019

For fans of classic, straightforward darkness ala Amorphis and Bolt Thrower, Vadiat delivers on everything you could want in a death metal band.

Mæntrə: Introducing Your New Favorite “Grindustrial” Band

October 30, 2019

If you enjoy the brutality of tech death, but wish you could add some Fear Factory, Godflesh and Nocturnus into the mix: you need to listen to this band.