Germany

Full Album Stream: Sacrilegious Rite “Summoned From Beyond”

November 7, 2017

Formed in 2009, Germany’s Sacrilegious Rite (featuring ex-members of Capitis Damnare and Bael) bubbled up from the ever-dark Underworld with spiteful intent. The group’s debut EP, Sexual Blood Rites–a split with Teutonic legends Ungod–scarred the Continental landscape upon its 2011 release. Now, six years (and several EP/splits) later, the Germans have returned with their debut…

Fall on your knees: Goatblood’s “Veneration of Armageddon” exclusive premiere

December 20, 2016

Just in time for the holiday season, we bring you this exclusive full album stream of Veneration of Armageddon, the sophomore record from Germany’s Goatblood.

Video Premiere: Dust Bolt – “SickxBrain”

September 19, 2016

Dust Bolt have released a music video for “SickxBrain,” giving plenty of screen time to their moshing fans.

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.”

Downfall of Gaia Tour Announced!

December 5, 2014

German/Yank quartet Downfall of Gaia have returned with their latest attack on the status quo with Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay, the band’s third complete full-length.  This is a late-in-the-year offering you’ll want to pay some attention, as it gathers all shades of darkness, then both pets and pummels you with it.  It’s occasionally sludgy,…

Stream New 25-Minute OWL Song: “The Last Walk”

November 14, 2014

With all the music that comes across the Decibel desk in a month (hell, in a single week), I find it can help to stick labels on music that I want to be sure to spend time with.  Earlier this year, when Owl’s Into the Absolute EP came down, I tagged it with the descriptor “weird death metal”…

TMaFLH Update: The Cold View

November 7, 2014

Last year we featured a German drone/doom project called The Cold View, who had, at that point, recorded a five-song suite called Weeping Winter that could successfully leech all heat-potential from a newborn star and leave behind only frozen dust and brittle ash. Luckily for anyone still able to feel positive emotion after listening to Weeping Winter,…

Premiere: New Grave Digger lyric video

May 30, 2014

The metal institution known as Grave Digger has been around almost as long as the genre of heavy metal. They will release their seventeenth album (yes, that’s correct) called Return Of The Reaper on July 11. Your friends at Decibel got a chance to premiere the lyric video of the track “Season Of The Witch.”…

Darken Your April With Decembre Noir

April 18, 2014

Finally, it’s here!  I’m referring to the one weekend every year when even the brightest eyed, bushiest tailed Christian joins our cult of death for 48 hours and worships the treachery of friends, agonizing torture and public humiliation, and the brutal suffocation of a (reportedly) innocent life, just before we all pay lip service to…

Full Album Stream: Nebelung’s Palingenesis

February 17, 2014

If you don’t live along the east coast of the United States, then maybe you’re having a chest-beating trad metal day, or a beat-on-your-desk black/thrash day, or even a middle-finger-hoisting death metal day.  But if you were in the path of the snow storm that dumped a few lead-heavy white blankets up and down the Eastern Seaboard, then you probably…

BREWTAL TRUTH: Drink This Now!

November 22, 2013

If there’s one thing that Germany seems to love it is adherence to tradition. Germans love their metal old-school and their beer made from just four ingredients: water, malt, yeast and hops. Which is the way its been brewed since the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law) was established in 1516. So for nearly 500 years…

LowCityRain Album Stream and Interview

October 11, 2013

As a music writer who’s supposed to help guide people to the most worthy holes to shove their money, time and psyches into (because spending any of those things on your own children is simply preposterous), I always worry a little bit that I’ve tumbled way too far down the rabbit hole of my own…

German Death Dealers Abyssous – Hear Here!

August 30, 2013

We got an earful of Abyssous recently when we browsed through some recent promos for a bit of quick, juicy entertainment. Admittedly, it was the band name that drew us in… but it was the gristly death metal within that kept our attention pinned.

BREWTAL TRUTH: (Don’t) Drink This Now!

August 9, 2013

Given the opportunity to write about craft beer every month in Decibel has been eye-opening. The idea that our “Brewtal Truth” column would have lasted more than four years (and counting) and even spawn a book—The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers, out in November—is pretty amazing. Now it’s time to bring a little “Brewtal…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: The Cold View

August 2, 2013

Because every day another band records another song. Because 83% of those songs are unlistenable and you can’t be bothered to sift through the dreck. Because metal is about not giving a shit and waking your own personal storm. Because music is universal, expression is boundless, and even indie labels (whatever that means these days)…

STREAMING: Defeated Sanity’s “Naraka”

January 9, 2013

And so begins the relentless stream of new metal releases of 2013. First out of the gate is some tried and true death metal courtesy of Germany’s Defeated Sanity. dB is streaming the second track “Naraka” off upcoming album Passages Into Deformity, due Feb. 5 and available for preorder from Willowtip. The band describes the…

STREAMING: Kadavar’s “Creature Of The Demon”

June 20, 2012

Getting compared to Black Sabbath’s legendary debut is a mixed blessing. Of course, it’s going to stoke interest in your band but is there anyone that can measure up to the album that’s quite literally responsible for everything on this blog and magazine? Berlin, Germany’s Kadavar have elicited those comparisons, at least from the folks…