Sludge

Get Out of Print Kreator, Eyehategod & Black Dahlia Murder Vinyl!

August 11, 2017 Albert Mudrian

Get FIVE rare BONUS singles from the Decibel Flexi Series when you order this special Decibel subscription. For a limited time only!

Streaming: High Priest Kill Your Buzz with “Grail Sludge”

July 19, 2017 Sean Frasier

Virginian pit-stirrers High Priest blast out hardcore/grind extinction sermons on their ferocious Grail Sludge EP.

Crowbar – “Odd Fellows Rest”

June 8, 2017 Greg Pratt

By 1998, New Orleans metal heavyweights Crowbar had already released four fantastic sludge albums. But when it came time to start writing their fifth, the band knew they were on to something different

Track Premiere: Timeworn – ‘Night Of Owls’

May 11, 2017 Vince Bellino

Timeworn are aggressive as they are atmospheric on new song “Night of Owls.”

In The Company of Serpents

April 10, 2017 Rod Smith

Ain-Soph Aur
Denver doom/sludge duo wax ecstatic, cowboy-style
dB rating: 8/10

Video Premiere: Beastwars – ‘Some Sell Their Souls’

March 28, 2017 Vince Bellino

“Some Sell Their Souls” comes from Beastwars’ 2016 The Death of All Things. 

Full Album Stream: Rozamov – ‘This Mortal Road’

March 2, 2017 Vince Bellino

Rozamov‘s first full-length album is a progressive yet incredibly heavy slab of doom metal.

Track Premiere: Jagged Vision – ‘Euthanasia’

February 28, 2017 Vince Bellino

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

Today is the Day – Temple of the Morning Star

February 28, 2017 Shane Mehling

Almost four minutes into Temple of the Morning Star is when the infamous fundamentalist preacher says, “Right now I want the undivided attention of every God-fearing American citizen.” And that’s pretty much where Today Is the Day officially began their new brand of misery.

Full Album Stream: Horseneck – ‘Heavy Trip’

February 15, 2017 Vince Bellino

Horseneck marry sludge and post-hardcore with a host of other sounds to craft their memorable first record, Heavy Trip. 

Full EP Stream: Grim Ravine’s Subterrannean Doom Proves “The Light is From Below”

February 15, 2017 Sean Frasier

UK misery conduits Grim Ravine bring the doom and the sludge on The Light is From Below.

Track Premiere: In the Company of Serpents – ‘Limitless Light’

February 8, 2017 Vince Bellino

In the Company of Serpents explore their softer side while also delving deeper into their heavy side on the first single from their full-length. 

Buzz Osborne Talks New Supergroup, Crystal Fairy

February 1, 2017 Vince Bellino

Crystal Fairy‘s lineup includes Buzz Obsorne and Dale Crover (The Melvins), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (At the Drive-In, ex-The Mars Volta) and Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes). Find out more about the band before their self-titled album drops. 

TRACK PREMIERE: MOROS “CORROSIVE EXISTENCE”

February 1, 2017 Shawn Macomber

“We’re making sludge through a death metal lens,” Moros drummer Jason Dost tells Decibel. “I can’t say we are a death metal band but the horror and savageness of that early death metal sound influences what we do for sure.” 

Happily, that proves to be a pretty goddamn spot-on self-assessment as one jams this seriously intense, head-turning Moros split with Black Urn  — a straight-up enigmatic-yet-primal nightmare translated into assaultive sound waves.

Track Premiere: Unearthly Trance – ‘Scythe’

February 1, 2017 Vince Bellino

Bleak, noisy doom is what to expect from Unearthly Trance‘s latest single, “Scythe.”

Full Album Stream: Dying Whale – ‘Last Moments Of Misery’

January 30, 2017 Vince Bellino

There’s something for everyone on the new Dying Whale album, Last Moments of Misery. 

Track Premiere: Weltesser – “Living To Try”

January 13, 2017 Vince Bellino

“Living to Try” appeared on Weltesser‘s 2015 demo, but the album version is brimming with even more sludgy, chunky riffs. 

 

Track Premiere: Hark – ‘Disintegrate’

January 3, 2017 Vince Bellino

The newly-expanded quartet rips into sludgy hard rock on “Disintegrate.” 

Track Premiere: Fistula – ‘Serial Vapist’

November 7, 2016 Vince Bellino

The Shape of Doom to Cumm )) is a “Serial Vapist.” 

10 Not-So-Obvious Influences on Fight Amp

November 2, 2016 Shane Mehling

All loud things must come to end. And that is why Fight Amp have decided to break up. The band’s own Mike McGinnis offers this eulogy: a list of surprising influences you may not have picked up on. 

 

Video Premiere: Rising – ‘Death of a Giant’

October 3, 2016 Vince Bellino

Rising took the stage at Roskilde Festival to play for the biggest crowd of their career. They recorded it for a music video for “Death of a Giant.” 

Full Album Stream: Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – ‘Y Proffwyd Dwyll’

September 28, 2016 Vince Bellino

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard combine ethereal psychedelic and crushing doom on their latest, Y Proffwyd Dwyll. Stream it now before it hits stores. 

Track Premiere: Ayahuasca Go to the ‘Mountain of Snakes’

September 2, 2016 Vince Bellino

Ayahuasca set a dark tone for their upcoming album on “Mountain of Snakes.” 

TRACK PREMIERE: SEA Navigate Heavy Waters before Crossing an Ocean

August 3, 2016 Sean Frasier

Boston post-metal explorers SEA explore the murky depths of post-metal on “Stone Ship” before embarking on a European expedition with WeedWolf.

Fistula’s “Loyal to the Foil” is the Feel Like Sh*t of the Summer

June 10, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Anti-religion, Drugs, Life, Death. Ain’t no party like a Fistula track debut. 

New England’s Conclave Pick Up the Bong, Not the Change

May 25, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Meet New England’s Conclave, who probably don’t have a baseball jersey merch design. 

Get Crushed by the Tidal Wave of Rising’s “Oceans Into Their Graves” (Full LP Premiere!)

April 27, 2016 James Lewis

Oceans Into Their Graves, sludge riffs into your ears, trad catchiness into your brain. 

Mastodon – “Leviathan”

April 27, 2016 Kevin Stewart-Panko

Recently, I stumbled across a graffiti mural that read, “Every winner was once a beginner.” This got the gears turning, thinking about how long it’s been since Mastodon was considered an unknown, underground entity.