black metal

Track Premiere: Auðn – ‘Í Hálmstráið Held’

August 17, 2017 Vince Bellino

Icelandic atmospheric black metal horde Auðn have upped both the aggression and melody on their sophomore record. Listen to the first song now.

Myrkur Graces the Cover of Decibel’s October Issue

August 16, 2017 Albert Mudrian

Amalie Bruun makes her Decibel cover debut to usher in the release of the much-anticipated second Myrkur album, Mareridt, out via Relapse on September 15.

Track Premiere: Nocturnes Mist – ‘Shadow of the Flame’

August 15, 2017 Dutch Pearce

Check out this exclusive track premiere for just a taste of the unholy scourge that is Diabolical Baptism, the third album from Adelaide’s Nocturnes Mist.

Label Spotlight: Black Metal Speed Round

August 14, 2017 Vince Bellino

It’s a good time to be a fan of black metal. This week’s label spotlight looks at a few small labels releasing black metal.

Extreme Reading: An Interview with Author Dean Swinford

August 14, 2017 James Basile

Read an interview with extremely extreme author Dean Swinford on his new book, Death Metal Epic: Book II: Goat Song Sacrifice now!

Full Album Stream: Seventh Genocide – “Toward Akina”

August 11, 2017 Vince Bellino

Stream the entirety of psychedelic black metal group Seventh Genocide‘s new album before it hits the streets in September.

Cormorant’s Matt Solis: “We’re Always Looking to Explore New Sonic Territory”

August 11, 2017 J. Andrew Zalucky

Being a progressive band worth listening to brings two challenges. First, the band must be willing to explore and weave different styles together in a compelling way. Second and perhaps most importantly, the sound should still be tethered to some recognizable form that audiences can use to relate to the music. The music can’t just…

Get Out of Print Kreator, Eyehategod & Black Dahlia Murder Vinyl!

August 11, 2017 Albert Mudrian

Get FIVE rare BONUS singles from the Decibel Flexi Series when you order this special Decibel subscription. For a limited time only!

Full Album Stream: Empyrean Throne – “Chaosborne”

August 10, 2017 Vince Bellino

Enjoy a full stream of Chaosborne, the new album from USBM up-and-comers Empyrean Throne now!

Conflict is Inevitable: An Interview with Moral Void

August 10, 2017 Neill Jameson

Unhinged blackened hardcore trio Moral Void have an explosive debut record with Deprive. Delve further into the madness.

Label Spotlight: Satanath Records

August 7, 2017 Vince Bellino

Go behind the scenes with prolific Russian label Satanath Records.

Track Premiere: Mist of Misery – ‘Shackles of Life’

August 3, 2017 Vince Bellino

Stream a new track from symphonic black metal group Mist of Misery now.

Wolves in the Throne Room Grace the Cover of Decibel’s September Issue

July 24, 2017 Albert Mudrian

U.S. black metal heavyweights Wolves in the Throne Room are ready for the Decibel close up. Get the September issue here! 

WATCH: Panopticon Live at Decibel Metal and Beer Fest

July 21, 2017 Vince Bellino

Panopticon performed live at Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in April. Watch now!

Full Album Stream: Sun Of The Sleepless – ‘To The Elements’

July 19, 2017 Vince Bellino

Stream Sun of the Sleepless‘ new record, To The Elements, the first new music from the band since 2004, now. 


July 19, 2017 Shawn Macomber

On its brilliant boundary-annihilating upcoming third full-length A Wake in Sacred Waves — out vial Sailor Records in October — Denver quartet Dreadnought delivers a deftly executed, completely entrancing sonic amalgamation that calls to mind everything from Bergtatt-era Ulver, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Kate Bush to Slint, June of ’44, Sabbath at its psychedelic doom-iest. This particular Rocky Mountain High has got the raining-fire-in-the-sky blast beats, guttural vocals, and fuzzed out nasty riffs, but also serious grooves and softer-than-a-lullabye ethereal croons, mandolin, flute, and saxophone.  

Video Premiere: Altarage – ‘Spearhedron’

July 19, 2017 Vince Bellino

Stream a new video from secretive blackened death dealers Altarage. 

STREAMING: Death Yell “Descent into Hell”

July 17, 2017 Chris Dick

After 20 years later in the grave, Chile’s Death Yell has reformed. Not only to exact revenge on the time away from the molten metal spotlight but to issue the band’s first album, Descent into Hell. Now signed to Hells Headbangers, the Chileans are using their time wisely, focusing on reality instead of fantasy. Hell is real, and Death Yell have returned to remind us.


July 17, 2017 Sean Frasier

Shattering Light’s Creation
When black metal ruled the earth
dB rating: 8/10

Full Album Stream: Sangue Nero – ‘Viscere’

July 7, 2017 Neill Jameson

Stream the challenging new release from Italian black metal group Sangue Nero. 

Track Premiere: One Master – ‘Lycanthropic Burrowing’

July 6, 2017 Vince Bellino

Stream the title track of One Master‘s Lycanthropic Burrowing. 


July 5, 2017 Shawn Macomber

The UK/Serbian MRTVI describes itself as a “one-man black metal project concerned with exploring the negative dissonance and atonality of the aural and emotional spectrum,” secured the Facebook URL “/sustainedthroughdeath,” and has whittled its about section to a single Tolstoy quote: “I could not even wish to know the truth, for I guess of what it consisted. The truth was that life is meaningless” — which is a pretty steep goddamn self-created mountain of malcontent to scale. And yet “Negative Atonal Dissonance” — the long, dark sonic journey streamed exclusively below from the album of the same name out July 30 via Transcending Obscurity — manages to accomplish just that.  

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Lightning Round

July 3, 2017 Neill Jameson

Morgoth, Xysma, Destruction and more have their weakest work defended by our own Neill Jameson.