black metal

Black Sheep of the Black Twilight Circle: Streaming Shataan’s “Eulogy”

May 31, 2016

Take a little trip with “Eulogy” from the much anticipated debut LP from Shataan

Akercocke Returns With Death Metal and Positivity(?!) aplenty

May 23, 2016

Guitarist/vocalist Jason Mendonça is excited and filled with positivity. And you should be, too. 

Exclusive Premiere: Inquisition Returns With “Wings of Anu”

May 18, 2016

Black metal duo Inquisition deliver first new song in nearly three years, and Decibel‘s got it.

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.

Lord Ahriman (Dark Funeral) interviewed

May 2, 2016

** Twenty-two years. That’s how long Dark Funeral has been at it. It, being black metal. It, being the black metal lifestyle. It, being two EPs and six full-lengths, going back to 1994, when black metal wasn’t hip in your neck of the woods (unless it’s Olso, Bergen, or Stockholm). For the past seven years, the Swedes have been writing new album, Where Shadows Forever Reign. They’ve changed vocalists, with Emperor Magus Caligula exiting after 15 years of service to be replaced by Heljarmadr (Cursed 13). New drummer Dominator (The Wretched End) is an inspired blast machine. And bassist Natt (Angrepp) rumbles Lucifer’s great thunder. Reinforced with dark legions, Dark Funeral will take Where Shadows Forever Reign across the globe. Rise… Legions!

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.

Hands of Despair Gain More Than They Lose On Bereft (Interview)

April 26, 2016

New album, Bereft, turns all the black/death goodness up to (generating random and completely unexpected number) eleven, and we demanded an audience with Côté.  You might have read some of Côté’s thoughts in Issue #139 (May 2016, Amon Amarth cover), but now you can check out the rest of the interview and get a listen to this consistently powerful underground metal act.

STREAMING: Glorior Belli “Satanists Out Of Cosmic Jail” + 5 Questions With Billy Bayou

April 25, 2016

Glorior Belli‘s flipped black metal’s atavistic script not once but six times since forming in 2002. Leader and intrepid boundary breaker Billy Bayou (notice it’s not stolen from Tolkien) has taken Glorior Belli into the bowels of Satan’s celestial abyss and back, with such notable releases as Manifesting the Raging Beast and The Great Southern Darkness serving as Bayou’s malign vehicle. Decibel is darkly pleased to present brand new Glorior Belli track, “Satanists Out Of Cosmic Jail”, from new album, Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes), along with a few Qs answered by Bayou from his throne atop the blackest black.

Folk Tales: An Interview with Moonsorrow’s Mitja Harvilahti

April 21, 2016

You’d be hard-pressed to describe Finland’s Moonsorrow without using some kind of synonym for “epic,” so the fact that their new LP, Jumalten Aika, out-epics anything they’ve done is nothing short of astounding. We caught up with guitarist/vocalist Mitja Harvilahti to discuss the musical, thematic and personal influences that helped bring this beast of an album to life.

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.

Interview and Album Premiere: Ultha Talk Debut, US/Euro BM, “True” Copycats, & Anti-NSBM

April 12, 2016

“Only a handful of bands dare to leave the narrow(minded) frame which dictates what is so-called ‘true’ and what earns a negative connotation as ‘hip’. 95% of these traditionalist bands are the copycats of the copycats of the early 90ies Norwegian scene.”

Start the Week Weird: Schammasch Video Premiere from 3-Disc “Triangle”

April 11, 2016

Triangle by the numbers: 100+ minutes, third album, three parts, two visual artists, one video premiere. 

Demo:listen: Blood Chalice

April 8, 2016

On this week’s Demo:listen, we drag the blade across our palms to pledge our devotion to Finland’s Blood Chalice.

New Music by Ireland’s Mortichnia Provides Education in Black Metal, Vocabulary

March 29, 2016

Dublin-based band stabs into the murk with some of the most energized, bleak and ripping blackness we’ve heard in some time.  Hear the album, Heir to Scoria and Ash, here before its April 22 release, and learn more about the band directly in our interview with guitarist L.M.

For those about to Squawk: Waldo’s Pecks of the Week

March 25, 2016

Waldo goes talon-to-toe with the latest releases from Graves at Sea, Mantar, and Victims.

Behold, the Monolith: Blood Music’s J Discusses His Massive Emperor Box Set

March 17, 2016

When it comes to heavy metal collectibles, it doesn’t get much bigger than Blood Music’s Emperor: The Complete Works box set. We caught up with label mastermind J to talk about the logistics of taking this monolith from concept to reality.

Woman is the Earth; Earthy is the Black Metal; Exclusive is the Song Premiere

March 15, 2016

Get down to earth and space out (at the same time!) with this song premiere from Woman is the Earth.

Oranssi Pazuzu

February 22, 2016

Värähtelijä
Trance With the Devil
dB Rating: 9/10

Join the Movement Against Human Plague

February 22, 2016

Illness mainman Gulnar, of Poland, has advanced his dark agenda several more steps with AHP, and we got caught in the line of fire.  Classically deranged raw black metal speed meets eerie ambient speculation for one hell (you can say that again) of a journey.

Exclusive Premiere: Zhrine’s “Spewing Gloom”

February 2, 2016

Zhrine is an Icelandic black/death metal band that melds the disgusting atonality of Deathspell Omega with the oppressively frigid atmosphere of Svartidauði (guitarist Nökkvi Gylfason is a member), complete with a fetid dusting of sludge as a sickening after-dinner mint. Check out the exclusive premiere of their song “Spewing Gloom,” off their upcoming LP, Unortheta.

Abbath

January 19, 2016

Abbath
Still no Vinnie Vincent guest solo
dB Rating: 8/10

THROUGH A SPEAKER RUMBLY’S E.O.T.Y. MEGAHAUL CONTINUES!

December 29, 2015

Best Underground Metal Tapes of the Year , pt. II, featuring Ghûllzaraën of Necromantic Worship, hidden messages, Eli W. of Spectral Voice, unpronounceable band names, Hansel of Caligari Records, quotes from the underground and so much more! 

Black Label Debutante Ball Follow-Up: Emanations

December 28, 2015

This year, French label Les Acteurs de L’Ombre launched Emanations, a division meant to spotlight emerging local talent with limited cassette and CD releases, and several interesting recordings have surfaced as a result.

Nachtzeit Interviewed

December 22, 2015

This Decibel scribe has always fallen horned-head-over-cloven-heels for the frozen-horror lullabies crafted under the Lustre moniker.  In about three weeks, Nachtzeit will release an EP of self-proclaimed regressive black metal that strips any conceit of beauty or complexity from his other work and rages bleakly in the northern darkness.