Norway

From the Vastland: Bloody Stories of Demons and Their Dark World

January 25, 2019

From the Vastland is making some of the best black metal out there. Check out our interview catching up with Sina, the band’s founder and chief songwriter!

Mourn at Obliteration’s Obscure Cenotaph

November 30, 2018

Obliteration is one of a handful of death metal bands that manage to balance a reverence for the old-school with a desire to carve their own path.

Album Premiere: Sylvaine “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” + Q&A With Sylvaine

October 30, 2018

Norwegian post-black metal outfit Sylvaine premieres dreamy new album, “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone,” on Decibel.

Album Premiere: Sjukdom “Stridshymner Og Dødssalmer”

October 22, 2018

Norwegian black metallers Sjukdom stream new album, “Stridshymner Og Dodssalmer,” in full at Decibel.

No Corporate Beer: Nøgne Ø Barleywine

August 20, 2018

Decibel reviews the #100 from Dave Witte-approved brewery Nøgne Ø.

Album Premiere: Djevelkult “Når Avgrunnen Åpnes”

May 21, 2018

Norwegian black metallers Djevelkult stream new album “Når Avgrunnen Åpnes.”

Track Premiere: Æsthetica – ‘Worshipper’

November 29, 2017

Experience Æsthetica’s self-proclaimed “true Norwegian doom metal” with a new song.

Emperor – ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’ 20th Anniversary Hall Of Fame Edition Vinyl Now Available

April 26, 2017

Emperor‘s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk is a black metal classic, further cemented by its induction into Decibel‘s Hall of Fame. Now you can own the 20th anniversary Hall of Fame edition album on vinyl. 

Video Premiere: Kampfar – ‘Mylder’

March 21, 2017

Darkness and fire are coming in this music video for “Mylder.”

Track Premiere: Jagged Vision – ‘Euthanasia’

February 28, 2017

Jagged Vision punish the listener with thick riffs and aggressive delivery on “Euthanasia.”

Demo:listen: Enge Store

November 18, 2016

On this week’s Demo:listen, we stray from all the bestial bombast and smoky clamor, wandering on and on until we stumble upon Oslo’s Enge Store.

Video Premiere: Nordjevel – ‘Djevelen I Nord’

October 21, 2016

Trolls and demons battle it out with mere mortals in this new video from Nordjevel.

Video Premiere: Mysticum Track-By-Track

November 12, 2014

Ah, Mysticum, how you’ve been missed. There was so much talk for so long about the comeback album Planet Satan that we were convinced the record was either a myth or an elaborate troll. But no: Planet Satan was released this fall after decades of speculation, marking the return of a band audacious enough in…

Throw Me a Frickin’ Label Hack: Oslo’s Shevils

December 13, 2013

There’s always been a hardcore softspot in Decibel’s metallic heart for the raw and the punk.  This writer admits to rarely getting stoked for such sounds, often preferring to hear artfully concocted studio recordings and leave the unkempt, wild fury on the stage where it’s most powerful.  But somehow Norway’s Shevils buried into these ears…

“I Love This Music. Isn’t It Too Dreamy?”

February 12, 2013

Norwegian hard rockers Audrey Horne may have a sound that marries Seventies arena rock to a chug/gallop/chug reminiscent of early Priest and Maiden, but the band’s name is all homage to a memorable character from David Lynch’s infamous early nineties crash n’ burn foray into network television. Thus, on the eve of the release of…

GONE FISHING: Enslaved’s most extremely extreme sportfish

March 26, 2012

When ENSLAVED‘s Grutle Kjellsson and Cato Bekkevold go fishing they don’t fuck around. It’s really not like going down the pond chasing blue gills or Tommy cats; in Norway, even the trout are built super-hench. You might have caught some footage of them catching alligator gar in Texas a few years ago, but you’ll definitely…

CULTURE VULTURES, ASSEMBLE! … Presenting Neseblod Records’ norwegian black metal exhibition

March 23, 2012

We’re just not the types to go flocking to gallery openings and digest culture of a weekend but this is different. From 29th March to 29th April, the beyond-necro Neseblood Records are curating a black metal exhibition at Oslo’s Popsenteret, chronicling the history of black metal. Whether it is the extremity of the aesthetic or…