Doom Metal

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.

Welcome to the Stream of Castle’s ‘Welcome to the Graveyard’

July 12, 2016

Canadian road warriors Castle are too busy touring and recording awesome doom rock to watch that shitty TV show you’re thinking of.

Hear Italian Doom Metallers the Foreshadowing Predict Europe’s Downfall

June 30, 2016

While you spent the week fretting over the Brexit aftermath, Italian doom crew the Foreshadowing saw that coming.

Funeral Moth

May 31, 2016

Transience
Quiet bloom of the soul
dB rating: 8/10

Graves at Sea

April 18, 2016

The Curse That Is
Turn of the Tide
dB Rating: 8/10

Hall of Fame Countdown: Candlemass’ Nightfall

March 3, 2016

Nightfall‘s big brother may get most of the attention, but Candlemass’ sophomore LP has more than enough potency to sit on its own throne. Ranking the songs by merit is utter madness since it’s a stone cold masterpiece…but that’s never stopped us before!

DEMO:LISTEN: Demolished in 2015: Venefixion and Pissboiler

January 16, 2016

In the second installment of DEMO:LISTEN we resurrect two 2015 demos worthy of attention from the discerning metalhead.

Taphos Nomos

December 30, 2015

West of Everything Lies Death
Not exactly lacking direction
dB Rating: 8/10

Magic Circle

November 30, 2015

Journey Blind
Mob rulers
dB Rating: 8/10

Hivelords

October 5, 2015

Tapered Limbs of a Human Star
Yup, I think we found the Queen…
dB Rating: 8/10

Cathedral

September 21, 2015

In Memoriam
Slowness will prevail
dB Rating: 9/10

Win a 3-CD prize pack of new releases from Cruz Del Sur

September 4, 2015

Before checking out for the long weekend, enter for a chance to win three new CDs of doom, occult, heaviness, kings, hammers, and more kings, courtesy of Cruz Del Sur.

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats

August 31, 2015

The Night Creeper
The Dark Night Rises
dB Rating: 8/10

Demon Lung

July 20, 2015

A Dracula
The prequel to I, Frankenstein and Eee, Wolfman!
dB Rating: 8/10

Author & Punisher

July 7, 2015

Melk En Honing
Drinking and driven
dB Rating: 8/10

Lucifer

June 22, 2015

Lucifer I
New partner, same dance, better result
dB Rating: 9/10

High on Fire

June 8, 2015

Luminiferous
Blinded by the Light
dB Rating: 9/10

Paradise Lost

June 1, 2015

The Plague Within
A dark and darkening journey
dB Rating: 9/10

VIDEO PREMIERE: Paradise Lost “Beneath Broken Earth”

May 5, 2015

“I fucking hate metal band performance videos,” says Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh (also of Vallenfyre), “so when I got told that we needed to do one I was obviously annoyed but then came the idea to do a performance video of utter misery. The slowest song we have ever recorded.

Enter the Iron Age: Exclusive Wayfarer Stream!

November 20, 2014

Wayfarer’s gorgeous, lush eight track ode to epic heaviness Children of the Iron Age isn’t out until next week, but Decibel readers can check out the whole damn thing right now via the full album stream below. Pre-order the CD or Gatefold 2XLP here or hit up iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp. Keep up with the…

ROAD REPORT: Kings Destroy Ride the Pentagram Express

November 18, 2014

Brooklyn doom metallers Kings Destroy recently hit the road with Pentagram. Here, in their own words, is what transpired… Chicago, IL (Stephen Murphy, vocals) Well goddamn, it was great to head to Chicago for the first show of the tour with Pentagram, Radio Moscow and Bang, plus Iron Reagan taking the stage before us. We…

INTERVIEW: Carl Byers from Coffinworm on collaborative catharsis and hating humanity on some level

April 7, 2014

Indianapolis’ Coffinworm are essential listening for those who like their extreme metal to open up wide and drown any extant optimism in a genre non-specific swamp of sunken riffs and black metal noise ‘n’ hiss. 2010’s debut LP When All Became None was a loose-limbed doom record that was too anxious and fidgety to plant…

A Pale Horse Named Death: A Glimpse Behind The Horse #4

July 16, 2013

This is our fourth post from director Aaron Beaucher on the making of the new A Pale Horse Named Death video “DMSLT.” An updated gallery follows. — During the past few weeks, we’ve been working on integrating the effect shots into the video. The process can be cumbersome. The first step was to import our…

Inside The Shredder’s Studio #6: Mark Thomas Baker of Orchid

May 22, 2013

Shredding in metal dates directly back to Tony Iommi, who is inexplicably still writing riffs and will be a big part of the new Black Sabbath album due next month. So, we figured it was a good time to invite a new generation of doom shredder into the studio this week. Mark Thomas Baker of…

INTERVIEW: ARKHAM WITCH on Lovecraft, Live Evil 2013, and The Lamp . . .

April 22, 2013

According to their Facebook page, UK doom/Heavy Metal quartet Arkham Witch‘s personal interests include, “Ales, Histories, Wars, Invocations and Audible assaults. Drinking as fuck!” And their description of their sound is pretty much bang on too. “Old School Heavy Metal/Doom infused with Lovecraftian horror, tales of mighty Barbarians and festering evil superstitions!” What’s not to…

INTERVIEW: Moss’ Olly Pearson on having fun on a Horrible Night

March 18, 2013

It’s funny, the press releases that accompany doom records are unlike any of your typical puff-sheets, the purpose of which, of course, is to sell you on the record. No, the doom press release always comes with the caveats abound, stressing the oppressive track lengths, moribund subject matter, and advising helpfully that “it’s not for…

STREAMING: DRUID LORD “Hymns for the Wicked”

February 26, 2013

Courtesy of the good people of Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, the Deciblog is honored to roll up with this exclusive album stream of Floridian doom quartet DRUID LORD‘s debut LP, Hymns for the Wicked. Hymns originally dropped on Hallowe’en, 2010, sold out on CD and vinyl, and is now up for reissue tomorrow (February…

Blues Into Metal #1: Jason Ricci

February 6, 2013

Welcome to Blues Into Metal, an occasional Decibel interview and blog series on the history and ties between America’s homegrown music and the extreme fare our readers cherish. In it, we’ll seek out musicians from both genres to discuss the links and shared history between the blues and metal – and the misconceptions about both….