STAHV, or, How To Make Good Instrumental Metal

December 11, 2017

Solomon Arye Rosenschein’s first outing as STAHV succeeds where most of its ilk fail. Unlike most instrumental one-member doom bands, his first self-titled album hold my interest from beginning to end.

Full EP Stream + Q&A: Ray Suhy (Six Feet Under, Cannabis Corpse) – ‘Fulmination’

June 15, 2017

Ray Suhy (Cannabis Corpse, Six Feet Under, ex-East of the Wall) has returned with a new solo EP. Decibel talked to the guitarist about expectations and writing an instrumental record.

Full Album Stream: NY In 64 – ‘The Gentle Indifference of the Night’

May 25, 2017

Stream the entirety of instrumental hardcore/post-metal crew NY in 64‘s sophomore LP, The Gentle Indifference of the Night. 

Video Premiere: Invoking the Abstract – ‘The Summit’

November 1, 2016

Invoking the Abstract plays instrumental technical death metal. This is a video of Invoking the Abstract playing instrumental technical death metal. 

Video Premiere: MONO – ‘Requiem for Hell’

September 27, 2016

MONO‘s video for “Requiem for Hell” is an emotional and visually beautiful companion to the song. Also included: Exclusive Q&A with MONO’s Takaakira “Taka” Goto.

Video Premiere: MoRkObOt – “Ogrog”

September 26, 2016

MoRkObOt unleash wordless doom weirdness in this new video for “Ogrog.”

Track Premiere: Pray for Sound – “I Have Seen Hell And It’s White”

September 20, 2016

“I Have Seen Hell And It’s White” is an instrumental rollercoaster, capturing excited and calm, collected energy throughout the song. 

Video Premiere: MONO – ‘Requiem for Hell’

September 20, 2016

MONO have spent the past almost-two decades crafting vibrant soundscapes and instrumental rock albums. The upcoming Requiem for Hell, MONO’s ninth studio album, treads similar territory.  In a video for the title track, the Japanese instrumentalists tell, visually and audibly, an exhilarating yet terrifying story. The entirely black and white video features a man running…

Full Album Stream: pg.lost – ‘Versus’

September 14, 2016

Swedish experimental instrumentalists pg.lost have put out yet another captivating album. Stream it in full before its official release date. 


August 22, 2016

The Veil of Control
Dust never sleeps
dB rating: 8/10

Friday is for Flutes with the Re-release of Iron Mountain’s “Unum”

April 1, 2016

End your week with some Irish/Native American/psychedelic/Krautrock folk metal. Come on, if Friday isn’t for flutes, what day is?

Stream Full EP by Sisters of… (AKA Don’t Judge a Band By Its…)

January 24, 2014

As a general rule, we would suggest you not listen to instrumental “post” metal.  It certainly has its occasional charms and does an admirable job drawing the aurally cautious into the integrity-crushing arms of extreme metal.  Beyond the realm of intellectual curiosity and compositional hedonism, however, this gravity well of musical talent too often grows…

Throw Me A Frickin’ Label Hack: Seattle’s Giza

April 19, 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)…