Old School Death Metal

Pass Away Into Cist’s Frozen Casket

February 9, 2018

Cist has taken the science of scorching vocals, gritty guitars ripping out excellent riffs, and a brutal yet precise rhythm section, and turned it into an art.

Petrification Will Give you a permanent bangover with the old-school death of “The Headless One”

February 22, 2017

Being inspired by the classics doesn’t mean you can just follow through and pull off something worthy of your forebears. But someone in Portland has unbolted a crypt and unleashed the debut four-song EP Summon Horrendous Destruction by Petrification. 

Full Album Stream: Pestifer – ‘Execration Diatribes’

February 7, 2017

Pestifer‘s debut album, Execration Diatribes, rips, shreds and thrashes in all the right places. 

TRACK PREMIERE: ENTER THE…MAZE OF SOTHOTH

December 21, 2016

You want the truth about “Lies,” the track we’re exclusively premiering this morning from upcoming extreme metal opus Soul Demise courtesy  Italian quartet Maze of Sothoth? It’s dark, nasty, gloriously old school death metal that will gutpunch fans of early Morbid Angel, Vader, and Nile right in their deviant feels. 

Get a whiff of Crematory Stench!

August 16, 2016

Wake up and smell the incinerating human remains with this exclusive stream of the debut EP from California’s Crematory Stench.

Interment

April 11, 2016

Scent of the Buried
Beautiful friction
dB Rating: 8/10

Choosing Death Fest Preview

April 4, 2016

Originally printed in our April 2016 issue, get acquainted with death ahead of the big event (Choosing Death Fest, that is). 

Temple of Void

January 11, 2016

Of Terror and the Supernatural
Dirty weapons
dB Rating: 8/10

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Demonical “King Of All”

October 28, 2013

Dearest death-heads, please affix your finest gurn of appreciation as we welcome an exclusive stream of “King of All”, a real chunky piece of slo-mo O.S.D.M. chug taken from Demonical’s gnarly forthcoming Metal Blade LP, Darkness Unbound. As you would expect from Demonical, Darkness Unbound is one unsophisticated beast; Demonical, lest we forget, are graduates…

EXCLUSIVE STREAM | Maveth “Hymn to Azael”

November 5, 2012

According to those gentle, God-fearin’ souls at Studylight.org, Maveth—transliterated from Old Testament Hebrew and translated into English—is defined as: “death, dying, Death (personified), realm of the dead; death; death by violence (as a penalty); state of death, place of death” . . . And my, how that is apt, because Finland’s Maveth are pretty much…

INTERVIEW: Finland’s Gorephilia on playing death metal Sunshine State-style

August 20, 2012

Seeing as Florida’s output of death metal has slowed to a trickle as scene veterans spend more time on the road, less time in the studio, or just sweat it out in semi-retirement, you could do worse than check in on Finland’s Gorephilia. Gorephilia’s long-awaited debut LP Embodiment of Death is old-school all right, and…

The Armageddon Contest

August 30, 2011

Broken Hope lyrics always seemed like mini-synopses of potential horror sagas, so perhaps guitarist/wordsmith Jeremy Wagner’s the burgeoning second career as a dark fiction author should not come as a huge surprise. In his debut novel The Armageddon Chord — ably reviewed in the current issue of Decibel by Lucas Hardison — Wagner intertwines the…

Just When You Thought the Immolating Was Over…

August 2, 2011

What’s it take to walk the working class death metal mile? Immolation stalwarts Ross Dolan and Robert Vigna school Scion A/V on death metal’s majesty and decay in this exclusive follow-up to the Decibel premiere of the slick video for “A Glorious Epoch” last month. As a bonus, here is high quality footage of Immolation…

Something for the weekend: Vastum’s sexy NWOSDM Q&A, The Redux

July 29, 2011

Until interviewing Bay Area old-school nasties Vastum for dB #82, I thought metal’s attitude to man’s carnal desires extended just to the more is more philosophy of take it when you can get it, and like Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach was probably right when he said that sex addiction is one of the healthier addictions,…