Sean Frasier

Slam 2016’s Coffin Lid Shut with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

January 4, 2017

Celebrate the death of 2016 with Philly-based label/distro Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

Full Album Stream: Wake Up and Smell the Napalm with Dead War

December 21, 2016

War is hell, and hell sounds better than ever on Dead War’s The Triumph of Death.

Full Album Stream: Study “Ungodly Forms” with Sentient Horror

December 7, 2016

Class is in session, and old school death revivalists Sentient Horror are on the syllabus.

Scorched

November 28, 2016

Echoes of Dismemberment
Hack ‘n’ slash flashbacks
dB rating: 8/10

White Empress Change Reels with New Horror Short

November 23, 2016

White Empress revamp after bout with boredom with extreme metal/horror short”Revenant.”

Child Bite VS. The Rat Rebellion: Behind the Scenes with Director/Writer Ryan Oliver

November 9, 2016

Deathblow Productions director/writer Ryan Oliver revels in B-movie bliss in Child Bite’s “Vermin Mentality” music video.

Full Album Stream: Kosmokrator take “First Step Towards Supremacy”

October 12, 2016

Belgian black/death cosmonauts Kosmokrator take a giant leap forward on First Step to Supremacy.

Video Premiere: A Trip to the Woods with Negura Bunget

September 28, 2016

Romanian black/folk metal pathfinders Negura Bunget prowl through the woods in the hypnotic video for “Stanciu Gruiul.”

Full Album Stream: Trap Them’s “Crown Feral” Will Royally Blissfuck You Up

September 19, 2016

Experience pure sonic violence with Trap Them‘s Crown Feral, then recover from your beatdown with a macabre arts & (darker hand)crafts lesson from vocalist Ryan McKenney. 

Dan Seagrave’s “Migrators” Soar from Distant Worlds on Mangled Wings

September 14, 2016

Cambridge, MA tattoo shop/art gallery Eridanos hosts Dan Seagrave’s mind-bending swarm of winged creations.

Live Review: Drive Thru Doppelgangers Mac Sabbath

September 9, 2016

If something smelled like “Sweet Beef” in Philly, it was “Drive Thru Metal” concept band Mac Sabbath.

Full Album Stream: Slomatics Prove the Future of Space Doom is Now

August 31, 2016

On Future Echo Returns, Irish cosmonauts Slomatics fuse sci-fi and doom heavier than a dying planet.

TRACK PREMIERE: Lesbian’s Phantasy-Thrash Creates and Destroys New Worlds

August 17, 2016

Psychedelic Seattle shapeshifters warn of shroom-doom and shapeshifting dolphins in the climax of their phantasy thrashterpiece Hallucinogenesis.

LIVE REVIEW: One Foot in the Grave Tour Buries Philadelphia

August 4, 2016

Carcass. Crowbar. Ghoul. Night Demon. A basement filled with rowdy Philadelphians. Who will survive and what will be left of them?

TRACK PREMIERE: SEA Navigate Heavy Waters before Crossing an Ocean

August 3, 2016

Boston post-metal explorers SEA explore the murky depths of post-metal on “Stone Ship” before embarking on a European expedition with WeedWolf.

TRACK PREMIERE: Rot Forever with Paranormal Doom Cult EERIE

July 20, 2016

Psychedelic doom rockers EERIE are here to prepare you for the zombie apocalypse with “Immortal Rot.”

Hall of Fame Countdown: Cradle of Filth’s The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

July 6, 2016

British black metal blasphemers Cradle of Filth recently joined forces with Cacophonous Records to release the original recording of Dusk…and Her Embrace (called The Original Sin, out July 8th). To celebrate, Decibel revisits the first collaboration between the band and label: 1994’s sanguinary trailblazer The Principle of Evil Made Flesh.

TRACK PREMIERE: Denouncement Pyre Paint the Sun with Black (Metal)

June 22, 2016

Australian incendiaries Denouncement Pyre like their dying stars the same color as their metal: BLACK.

Track Premiere: Blackened Rockers CLOAK Unshroud New Song

June 8, 2016

Atlanta-based dark metal conspirators Cloak comb the blackest shadows of rock ‘n’ roll on the opening track off their eponymous EP.

Can Norway’s Black Metal Pioneers Escape their Extreme Roots?

June 1, 2016

Emperor‘s Ihsahn, Ulver‘s Garm and Darkthrone’s Fenriz venture beyond the genre’s confines.

 

Decibel Invades Maryland Deathfest

May 25, 2016

Heads up, Charm City: Decibel will infiltrate Maryland Deathfest like a leprous plague from May 26th to May 29th. Come visit Decibel’s booth Friday through Sunday, within screaming distance of the Edison Lot.

WAKE UP & DESTROY: Kosmodemonic Talk Monsters and Dark Psychedelia

May 12, 2016

When I first saw extreme metal Brooklynites Kosmodemonic, they were killing it on a stage Watain doused with pig’s blood soon after.

Necrot

April 27, 2016

The Labyrinth

RIFYL your demos and your steaks rare

dB Rating: 8/10

WOLVES EVOLVE: A Conversation with Ulver’s Kristoffer Rygg

April 27, 2016

“Everything is permitted.” Considering that’s Norwegian experimental collective Ulver‘s genre description, hindsight confirms it’s no surprise they strayed so dramatically from the black metal that shaped their earliest albums. Following the release of their 13th LP, vocalist Kristoffer Rygg shares his thoughts on the band’s evolution and his own artistic journey.

BLACKHEARTS: Preview the Upcoming Black Metal Doc

April 13, 2016

Commencing with the ritualistic application of corpse paint, feature-length documentary Blackhearts shares the stories of three black metal bands from drastically different backgrounds visiting the genre’s birthplace in Norway.

Choosing Death Fest Preview

April 4, 2016

Originally printed in our April 2016 issue, get acquainted with death ahead of the big event (Choosing Death Fest, that is). 

Top 5 Dan Seagrave Covers of 1991

March 23, 2016

Decibel’s all about honoring 1991’s 25th anniversary – just check issue #137’s Metal Maniacs design homage and the “Top 30 Albums of 1991” feature. So when it comes to celebrating our favorite album covers from that landmark year, there’s no better place to start than with Dan Seagrave.

DEAD & BURIED TREASURES: HIDDEN TRACKS WORTH UNEARTHING

February 24, 2016

Where were you when you first unlocked an unlisted track after a long period of dubious silence as a record played possum? Or when you noticed an album creeping up to track 69, where Tool’s “Disgustipated” lurked at the edge of Undertow? If you were born after 1995, maybe never.

ONLY DEATH IS REEL: Interview with Deathgasm writer/director Jason Lei Howden

January 27, 2016

If you didn’t catch Richard Christy’s review in Decibel #136, let me introduce you to the most metal horror film ever: Deathgasm. It’s a Kiwi midnight party flick made for and by metalheads where blackened doom riffs unlock portals to demonic dimensions and “metal up your ass” is less of a threat than a literal promise. We’re talking corpsepaint, monsters, hilarious black metal music video parodies, dildo fights, and enough blood to satiate the most demanding gorehounds.