black metal

Vaura Premiere ‘The Missing’ B-Side, Announce New Album

October 13, 2016

Take a listen to a b-side from The Missing while Vaura prepares to enter the studio to record their third LP. 

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.

Full Album Stream: Sons of Balaur – ‘Tenebris Deos’

October 5, 2016

Sons of Balour has had a presence in the Norwegian black metal scene since 1992, but it is finally time to hear the band’s debut album. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Bathory “Requiem”

October 4, 2016

Put down the Yellow Goat pressing of the first Bathory album you paid $500 for on eBay, and spend some time with the overlooked gem that is Requiem.

Oathbreaker

October 3, 2016

Rheia
Dawn of a different apocalypse
dB rating: 8/10

STREAMING: Kyy “Legio Serpenti”

October 3, 2016

If Sarcofago, Watain, and Beherit got into a winner-takes-all fist fight, it might end up sounding like Kyy. If chaos, disorder, fervent calls to the Nameless One are our future, then Kyy might be the soundtrack to it all.

Polish Black Metal Masters Arkona Set to Release “Lunaris” This Autumn

September 30, 2016

Poland’s Arkona, not to be confused with the Russian act of the same name, is one of many great under-recognized bands from black metal second wave. Forming in 1993, the band has spend the ensuing decades creating some of the finest black metal out of eastern Europe (or anywhere else).

TRACK PREMIERE: LOUISVILLE BLACK METAL EXPANSIONISTS ANAGNORISIS ROOT AMONGST ASHES OF THE PAST ON “5306 MORNINGSIDE”

September 28, 2016

Lord! Anagnorisis certainly doesn’t pull any sonic or emotional punches on its majestic, seriously affecting gut-punch sophomore full-length Peripeteia — a powerful blend of forward-thinking, nuanced black metal and excerpts from circa ’82-87 family recordings he found on two cassette tapes after his father’s death. 

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: Lotus Thief – ‘Gramarye’

September 16, 2016

Lotus Thief‘s Gramarye is a beautiful album that draws from some of history’s most renowned texts to create an atmospheric journey through time. Listen to it in full now. 

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Satyricon’s “Rebel Extravaganza”

September 15, 2016

Satyricon may have traded in medieval times for urban discipline in 1999, but that doesn’t mean that you should overlook the power of the controversial Rebel Extravaganza.

STREAMING: Tortorum “Night of the Witch”

September 12, 2016

Reach negative enlightenment and reignite the blaze of evil (typical Monday goals, obviously) with this stream from Norwegian black metallers Tortorum.

In The Woods…

September 6, 2016

Pure
Not-so-strange in stereo
dB rating: 8/10

TRACK PREMIERE: JOIN THE SWAMPCULT FOR LOVECRAFT WORSHIP

August 31, 2016

Dutch blackened doom-death amalgamators Swampcult have written a concept album around H.P. Lovecraft’s story “The Festival” and the thing somehow manages to aurally channel the dread and terror of its inspiration. Today Decibel haunts your imagination with this exclusive stream of “Chapter VI – The Procession” as well as one of the corresponding “story cards” designed to accompany it.

‘BLACK METAL: THE CULT NEVER DIES VOL. 1’ Now In Stock!

August 26, 2016

Copies of Decibel Books’ Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol. 1 have reached Decibel HQ and are shipping now!

Now – Ahem – Streaming: Cemetery Piss return with ‘Astral Souls’

August 24, 2016

Cemetery Piss is here with the first taste of their debut full-length, the thrash/black metal combination “Astral Souls.” 

Deaf By Metal, A Q&A With Mantar’s Hanno

August 22, 2016

Ode to the Flame sounds like a typical Nuclear Blast release. A valiant knight astride a white armored horse. The knight’s hand is aloft, in it he’s holding a great flaming sword, for which he’ll use to the slay the malignant flying beast perched behind him on the top of a snow-capped mountain. But Ode to the Flame isn’t a typical Nuclear Blast release. Not by its cover or band the band, Mantar, that created it.

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.

Exclusive: Full Stream of Skeletonwitch’s ‘The Apothic Gloom’ EP!

August 15, 2016

The ‘Witch is Back! And The Apothic Gloom four-track EP features the best material of Skeletonwitch‘s career. Hear it now.

Inquisition

August 15, 2016

Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith
Satan is good, Satan is our pal
dB rating: 8/10

Decibel Presents the Top 5 Satyricon Songs

August 12, 2016

To celebrate the Decibel Books release of Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol. 1, we ranked Satyricon‘s five best songs. 

Death Metal vs Black Metal: Book Authors Face Off

August 11, 2016

Two nerds enter. Two nerds leave. Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore author Albert Mudrian and Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol 1. author Dayal Patterson talk creative process, Lords of Chaos, Swedish Death Metal and more. 

Track Premiere: Bhavachakra Unleash “Sri Yantra”

August 9, 2016

The Florida black metal band’s first single, “Sri Yantra,” is simultaneously dissonant and technical. Bhavachakra guitarist/singer Kenneth Reda talks about writing a record that embodies both elements. 

Profanatica

August 8, 2016

The Curling Flame of Blasphemy
Beats the Hockey Flame of Blasphemy
dB rating: 8/10

Heathen Beast Rise (and Fall)

August 2, 2016

Whatever trajectory Heathen Beast were on seems to have led them to self-destruct, and whether that is permanent or simply a momentary lapse is unclear.  Before they broke up, however, they left us with twelve impressive diatribes and responses to the following questions.

German Black Metal Duo Imperium Dekadenz Premiere ‘Dis Manibvs’

July 27, 2016

Black Metal ist sad. Also, did you know that Dis Manibvs autocorrects to “Dis Minibus”? Tr00 story.

‘Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies’ Exclusive Book Excerpt: Suicidal Black Metal’s Birth

July 25, 2016

The troubling early history of depressive suicidal black metal pioneers Bethlehem is revealed in this exclusive Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol. 1 excerpt.