Five For Friday: March 1, 2024
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by J. Andrew
1d ago
Greetings, Decibel readers! Definitely a lot here for the death metal crowd this week, with new ones from Fathomless Ritual and Vorus. But there’s plenty of room for fans of thrash (Devastator), blackened death (Volcandra) and some righteous metallic hardcore (Worst Doubt) as well. Enjoy! — Devastator – Conjurers of Cruelty A crushing, blistering, and … well, devastating blend of thrash, death and black metal. Of course, thrash definitely forms the basis of the sound, much in the way it does for bands like Midnight and Hellripper. Stream: Apple Music Con ..read more
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HOUKAGO GRIND TIME Schools the Decibel Flexi Series! Secure an EXCLUSIVE EP Now!
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by Decibel Magazine
1d ago
Bay Area goregrinder Houkago Grind Time is a lesson in brutal efficiency. The passion project of Ripped to Shreds’ main man Andrew Lee, the anime-themed gore grind unit has been on a tear with international tours (including a scheduled debut Philadelphia appearance at the Metal & Beer Pre-Fest on April 11), two full lengths and an entire harem of splits and EPs. Now, with the power of love, the Decibel Flexi Series and Mudrian-sama, the latest addition to that epic saga, The Houkago Derek Time EP, is exclusively available to Decibel subscribers. Packed wi ..read more
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Track Premiere: Idol Throne – ‘The Last Voyage’
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by Emily Bellino
2d ago
Indiana power metal thrashers Idol Throne formed in 2018, cutting their teeth with a demo and first album that established their sound. On their second album, A Clarion Call, they’re expanding their mission statement and getting more ambitious, delving deeper into the progressive side of their music and maintaining the energetic power-thrash that’s already there. The first taste of A Clarion Call comes in the form of “The Last Voyage,” which you can listen to right now. Leading with a lively, Khemmis-eque riff that both gallops and soars, vocalist Jake Quintanilla has ..read more
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Full Album Stream: Blazar – “Fatal Cosmic Wound”
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by Emily Bellino
2d ago
Prepare to slow down: Iberian funeral doom pushers Blazar are here with Fatal Cosmic Wound, Their first full-length release since forming more than seven years ago, Fatal Cosmic Wound builds on the slow, atmospheric style of doom the quartet established on their debut EP and following splits. Fatal Cosmic Wound contains four main tracks, as well as three others that serve as an introduction, interlude and outro. Thematically focused on the vast, indifferent nature of space, their sparse, atmosphere-heavy songwriting matches the same feeling of cosmic loneliness. E ..read more
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Album Premiere: Arthouse Fatso – “Sycophantic Seizures: A Double Feature”
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by Addison Herron-Wheeler
2d ago
Arthouse Fatso have just been birthed painfully onto their scene with their debut album, Sycophantic Seizures: A Double Feature, out March 22 via Horror Pain Gore Death, and we have the whole bloody stream for you right here. Hailing from Duisburg Germany, Arthouse Fatso began in early 2021 and were originally intended as a quick, low-investment project but soon became the main artistic pursuit of the mysterious man behind the band, known only as “The Director.” While we aren’t currently in the practice of just quoting from press releases, I’m not sure we could phrase this any more intere ..read more
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Video Premiere: Great Falls – “Trap Feeding”
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by Justin Norton
2d ago
Great Falls, a band that merges Kafkaesque introspection with unhealthy amounts of noise, is heading to Europe in a little more than a week. Those countries aren’t going to know what to do when they are hit with a gut punch of their unmistakably American porridge of rage, hopelessness, and volume. And they are just the prelude to the mighty Botch! While Great Falls can be harsh on first listen they unquestionably mine some of the difficulties of being human in our strange digital, pre-apocalyptic landscape. My first listen of Objects Without Pain (released on Neurot) felt like being a newborn ..read more
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GLACIAL TOMB Premiere New Track, “Pale Usurper,” via the Decibel Flexi Series
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by Decibel Magazine
2d ago
“Made to chill” may be the slogan of bottled piss produced in Denver, but the city has a much tastier export that also fist that slogan: Glacial Tomb. The death/black metal battalion Glacial Tomb has just returned with their first new song in four years via the Decibel Flexi Series! “Pale Usurper,” tracked during the sessions of Glacial Tomb’s forthcoming second LP (out later this year), is, of course, exclusive to our ever-expanding floppy serialization. This blizzard beast isn’t available anywhere else, but you can jam it below now. Then head off to the dB store where we have ..read more
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Track Premiere: The Gathering – “Stonegarden” (Remix)
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by Chris Dick
3d ago
The Gathering went on a wild, exploratory journey after they, along with former label Foundation 2000, unfurled their atmospheric doom-death masterpiece Always… in the summer of 1992. Whether it was Mandylion (1995) and How to Measure a Planet? (1999) or The West Pole (2009) or their most recent album, Beautiful Distortion (2022), the Dutch masters never shied away from going their own way. Actually, this is true of debut album, Always…, too! Although similarities (tenuous at best, I think) to Tiamat, The Third and the Mortal, and others were posited (yes, by me in a much younger form), The Ga ..read more
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Ludicra – The Tenant
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by Joseph Schafer
3d ago
Gray Matters The making of Ludicra’s The Tenant One of America’s first black metal bands was also one of its most adventurous. The Bay Area’s Ludicra carved a unique identity for themselves in that stylistically restrictive subgenre. These five crows left of the murder flew in the face of the genre’s conventions, culminating in their 2010 masterpiece, The Tenant. Ludicra’s heresies include drawing inspiration from mental illness and urban alienation instead of majestic woods and Satanic malice. Employing sophisticated musicianship instead of keeping things primitive. Playing with progressive r ..read more
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Album Stream: Je est un Autre – ‘Flatworm Mysticism’
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by Tim Mudd
3d ago
Care for a break from the pulverization of just about every record we feature? You may have an important communique that requires focus, or you’d like something to replace the passive-aggressive spa music the world’s yogis and mindfulness app developers have apparently agreed we all need for meditation. If so, Dylan Desmond has you covered with Je est un Autre, a sonic exploration tangential to his main squeeze, Bell Witch. Conceived amidst the solitude of lockdown—parallel to early drafts of The Clandestine Gate—Flatworm Mysticism is the result of Dylan’s focus shift from bass gu ..read more
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