black metal

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.

Live and Direct: An Interview with Mizmor’s A.L.N.

July 21, 2016

This August, Portland-based multi-instrumentalist A.L.N. will bring his one-man black/doom metal project, Mizmor, to the stage for the very first time at Migration Fest in Olympia, Washington. We caught up with A.L.N. to talk about the process of transitioning Mizmor into a live band, the challenges that come with creating music by yourself and the finer points of rehearsal room tomfoolery.

Insane in the Profane: Full stream of the new Profanatica LP

July 18, 2016

The Curling Flame of Blasphemy from Northeast legends Profanatica is our new favorite fist in the face of god.  

Pre-Order BLACK METAL: THE CULT NEVER DIES VOL. 1 Now!

July 15, 2016

Decibel Books is proud to announce the release of the U.S. edition of Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol. 1. Pre-orders are now available.

Forging Towards (Another) Sunset: Catching Up With Anaal Nathrakh Vocalist Dave Hunt

June 29, 2016

As grind-infused industrial black metal levelers Anaal Nathrakh put the finishing touches on the band’s as-yet-untitled ninth full-length — tentatively slated for an October release via Metal Blade — Decibel caught up with vocalist Dave Hunt for a illuminating chat.

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.

Guest Commentary: Does the Underground Metal Scene REALLY Have a Social Justice Warrior Problem?

June 20, 2016

Decibel has been labeled Social Justice Warriors from the right. And attacked by actual SJWs from the left. Should everyone maybe just shut up for a second? 

Partake of Astrophobos’ “Blood Libation”

June 14, 2016

Few are the bands who will still gleefully slaughter your favorite pet in service of the seething abyss.  Sweden’s Astrophobos are one of these few.

5 Black Metal Albums You Might Have Missed So Far in 2016

June 10, 2016

While the weather outside is warm- everything here is so cold.

Demo:listen: Northern Curse

June 10, 2016

On this week’s Demo:listen, we bear the marks of New Hampshire’s Northern Curse.

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.

Emperor – “Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk”

June 6, 2016

The grandiose, striking and remarkable rush forth mere minutes into Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’s prologue “Alsvartr (the Oath).” Nightmarish berceuses haunt mercilessly from the darkest corners of imagination, while frontman Ihsahn poetically invokes the illustrious nightspirit, as if there’s ordinary business in need of attending on the edge of town.