Dark Descent Records

The Five Dark Descent Releases that Mean the Most to Owner Matt Calvert

October 10, 2019

To celebrate Dark Descent Records’ 10th anniversary, we caught up with owner Matt Calvert to find out what five DD releases mean the most to him.

Full Album Stream: Crypt Sermon – ‘The Ruins of Fading Light’

September 3, 2019

Hear Crypt Sermon‘s four-years-in-the-making doom metal juggernaut The Ruins of Fading Light in full.

Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

November 16, 2018

Tickets for the eighth annual Decibel Magazine Tour, featuring co-headliners Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel, with support from Immolation (select dates), Necrot and Blood Incantation, are ON SALE NOW!

Decibel Magazine 2019 Tour Lineup + Dates Announced

November 14, 2018

Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Immolation, Necrot and Blood Incantation unite for Decibel’s latest American live campaign this February. Tickets on sale Friday, November 16 at 10am local time.

Track Premiere: Devouring Star ‘Scar Inscriptions’

August 22, 2018

Finnish black metal phenoms Devouring Star explore Sin as a divine trait on new song “Scar Inscriptions.”

STREAMING: Ensnared “Dysangelium”

May 8, 2017

Sweden’s Gravehammer met its maker in 2010. Despite the group only issuing a lone EP, 2010’s Ensnared in Dismal Blasphemies, the Gothenburgers were well on their way to Nordic infamy, their hybridization of death, black, and thrash metal on either end of Decameron, Grotesque, and vintage Kreator. Now, known as Ensnared, the Swedes have taken what they learned on the fiery path with Gravehammer into new depths of darkness, where the horns of Hell blare violently and incessantly, where the air is insufferably hot and smells of brimstone cooking in the vast ovens of the underworld.

Swedish death metal vets Sarcasm finally release second album

April 27, 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but Sarcasm are releasing their second album, and we caught up with them to get the scoop.

Gorephilia

April 3, 2017

Severed Monolith
On the chopping block
dB rating: 8/10

Full Album Stream: Ruinous – ‘Graves of Ceaseless Death’

November 4, 2016

Ruinous combines old and new death metal elements on their debut, Graves of Ceaseless Death.  

Full Album Stream: Krypts – ‘Remnants of Expansion’

October 21, 2016

Krypts‘ second album is another impressive piece of death-doom. Stream it in full before it hits the streets next week.

Vanhelgd

September 19, 2016

Temple of Phobos
Cower power
dB rating: 8/10

Contest: Dark Descent Megapack (3 LPs, 7 CDs, + Shirt!)

July 29, 2016

One email for a chance to make your collection 10 (ripping, crushing, raging, etc. etc., you get the point) entries heavier. 

Full Album Stream: Blood Incantation’s ‘Starspawn’ Might Be the Death Metal Album of the Year

July 29, 2016

Denver’s Blood Incantation have crafted an epic slab of death metal that demands your immediate attention. No bullshit.

MATT CALVERT OF DARK DESCENT RECORDS: “FAILURE HAS NEVER BEEN AN OPTION”

June 30, 2016

Dark Descent Records is one of the best underground metal labels of 2016. But who is the man behind the label?

Phobocosm

June 6, 2016

Bringer of Drought
Thirsty and miserable
dB rating: 8/10

Smash Through the Looking-Glass: Stream Ghoulgotha’s “A Lord in the Shattered Mirror”

May 10, 2016

San Diego dour trio Ghoulgotha offer up another tantalizing peek at their forthcoming LP, To Starve the Cross.

INTERVIEW: Mike Abominator from Gravehill is going to crawl out the speaker and choke you to death

March 31, 2014

Gravehill rule for a whole bunch of reasons. The Californian alpha-headbangers just have this anything goes attitude to playing gory ol’ school death metal and would just as soon mix in a little hardcore punk and crust feel as they are to bring it down slow and low and meditate upon a doom riff for…

Mitochondrion post demo track “Writhen unto Abraxas”, and it’s pretty gnarly

November 25, 2013

The Internet is the darnest thing. One minute you could be sifting YouTube to harvest bootlegged footage of metal dudes on cooking shows, the next you could be jamming a new track from band whose oeuvre is every bit as esoteric an experience as seeing Marty Friedman on a Japanese cookery show. Maybe there is…

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Craven Idol “Towards Eschaton”

September 30, 2013

Ladies and germs, pray silence please for Craven Idol’s Towards Eschaton. Pull up the easy chair, pull on the headphones; you’ll no doubt find the north Londoners’ debut long-player an extreme metal album of rare power. This here’s a bona fide contender for album of the year, a soundtrack for those evenings when your ouija…

Dark Descent Records announce showcase festival – Oct 4th and 5th, Portland, OR

July 22, 2013

Dark Descent Records have announced a two-day showcase festival at the Ash Street Saloon, Portland OR for October 4th and 5th. And the lineup (below), presented by Dark Descent in association with Parasitic Records and Ash St PDX is the exactly sort of super-necrotic death/doom/black bill of extremity that’s guaranteed to help you shake out…

INTERVIEW: Lantern on debut LP “Below”, Finnish DM, and the new northern darkness

June 3, 2013

Lantern are a two-man death metal band from Kuopio, Finland, whose debut LP, Below, is the sort of warped and twisted 40-minute head-trip that should be mother’s milk to all those Decibangers who were weaned on the impenetrable darkness of bands such as Demilich and Demigod. Formed by a surprisingly mellow dude with a a…