Video Premiere: Necrofier – “Destroying Angels”

Texas black metal legion Necrofier are still blazing a left hand path on the strength of their sophomore crusher Burning Shadows in the Southern Night. The latest stop on the road to hell is a stunning new video for scorching single “Destroying Angels.”

“‘Destroying Angels’ is about transforming yourself into something new after learning things you believed to be true were not,” says guitarist Christian Larson. “The song was also written while on mushrooms and lyrically is inspired by Selim from The Devil’s Blood. RIP.”

Watch the video, directed by Tom Hughes of Ritual Video, and score a copy of Burning Shadows in the Southern Night here.

Catch Necrofier in Texas next month with Hulder and get tickets here.
10/5 – Dallas, TX – The Double Wide
10/6 – Houston, TX – The Compound
10/7 – Austin, TX – The Lost Well
10/8 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger

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The Keening (ex-SubRosa) Announce Debut LP, ‘Little Bird,’ Reveal Title Track’s Stunning Video

It’s probably a coincidence that the beloved and incomparable SubRosa unexpectedly split in 2019 just before the world went to complete dogshit. Maybe it was less cosmic that ex-SubRosa frontman woman Rebeca Vernon used some of that newfound “downtime” to fashion the music for her new project the Keening. SubRosa fans will surely recognize Vernon’s lush orchestration and American Gothic sensibilities, but the Keening proves folkier and — somewhat unimaginably — even darker than its formidable predecessor.

You can get your first listen — and look — via the stunning 10 Seconds to Comply-filmed video for “Little Bird,” the title track to the Keening’s debut LP, out October 6 via Relapse.

“I’m excited to finally start releasing this music into the ether, along with the album art, and the music video for single ‘Little Bird,’ says Vernon. “I think the film company 10 Seconds to Comply (Ken Whiting, Andrew Bonazelli and Manny OA) did a phenomenal job pulling together this music video and bringing their beautiful vision to light. They really captured the spirit and essence of the song. I’m proud of my friend Lucy Sharapata for playing the lead so well. I’m also excited to share the album art – two oil paintings by Lis Pardoe of Portland. Thanks to Relapse Records for making this happen!”

Pre-Order Little Bird on LP/CD/CS/Digital via Relapse Records here.  Digital Downloads / Streaming available here.

The Keening will perform as part of Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Denver on December 2, 2023 at the Summit, along with Agalloch, Khemmis, Midnight, The Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man and many more.

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Hear Shane Embury’s Dark Sky Burial Project Lighten Up on “Pulvis Et Umbra Sumus”

Decibel’s been banging on about Shane Embury’s Dark Sky Burial project since all we started jamming Q-tips into our brains over three years ago, and we’re not stopping now. OK, we’ve mercifully mostly abandoned the painful swabbing, but Shane’s largely instrumental electronic project can’t slow down, and Pulvis Et Umbra Sumus, its seventh full-length album in just three years, is further proof. And this the second volume in the “Maze Quadrilogy” is an evolution into something a bit more upbeat, which is perhaps Dark Sky Burial’s most exciting development yet.

“I really wanted to present very different moods within this album,” Embury tells Decibel. “Dark Sky Burial is not one thing only and will morph continuously through the projects existence. As you all know, these albums are audio documents of my inner and outward journey thru this maze we call life. We all have our hopes and aspirations and we all are the sum of our choices ….” “I recently crashed and ended up in hospital but a break down can be a break through.”

Pulvis Et Umbra Sumus by Dark Sky Burial

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Full Album Stream: The Bleeding – ‘Monokrator’

The UK hasn’t historically been a thrash hotbed, and a lot of the biggest names of the country’s first wave—Xentrix, Lawnmower Deth, Slammer, Acid Reign—have the dreaded “Humour” tag in their lyrical themes section on Metal Archives. Thankfully, London’s The Bleeding are here to drag UK thrash into the realm of horror. There isn’t a lot of funny business on their third LP, Monokrator. It offers 30 streamlined minutes of sharp-edged, old-school-worshiping death/thrash, executed with surgical precision.

There’s a Teutonic tint to a lot of what The Bleeding pull off on Monokrator. Kreator, Destruction, and Sodom all had a hand in the blueprint of this style of thrash, and The Bleeding clearly worship at their ichor-drenched altars. Per a band statement below, Monokrator was apparently birthed under difficult circumstances. It sounds like the band channeled all their rage and frustrationg into making it the most ruthlessly efficient death/thrash record we’ve heard in a while. Give the entire zero-percent-body-fat album a listen below, in advance of its June 9 release.

Monokrator marks the third full-length release for The Bleeding. We aimed to push ourselves creatively and explore new territories within death and thrash metal. The result is our most intense and boundary-pushing sound to date, a testament to our dedication and growth. Throughout the creation of Monokrator, we faced numerous trials and tribulations. The turmoil in and around the band ignited a fierce determination within us. We channeled that energy into the music, pushing ourselves to our limits. It was a transformative process, one that led us to discover new depths of creativity and power. At the onset of writing Monokrator, we were fortunate to find a valuable ally in our new label, Redefining Darkness Records. Their unwavering support and wealth of experience provided us with the necessary incentive to strive for excellence and maintain a steadfast refusal to compromise. The album production and mix were handled once again by Ronnie Björnström. We strongly believe that this is the finest representation of our sound, seamlessly capturing our ‘old-school’ thrashing through a modern interpretation.”

Preorder Monokrator, out June 9 on Redefining Darkness Records here or here.

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Video Premiere: Stinking Lizaveta – “Electric Future”

Philly philthies Stinking Lizaveta are the classic underdog story. After nearly 30 years as part of the underground extreme music scene, the instrumental trio remains a singular figure, largely to due to a unique sound often characterized as “doom jazz.” If you’ve been sleeping on them since 1996, now’s time to wake the fuck up because the band will drop their first album in six years, Anthems and Phantoms, via SRA records on June 23. But thanks to your good Philly-minded fiends at Decibel, we’ve got a video for new song “Electric Future” primed for both your eyes sockets and ear holes.

“Cheshire [Agusta, drums] and I had worked that day doing drywall in a house,” says guitarist/founder Yanni Papadopoulos, “and we came directly from there to the recording session. Her nickname for the day was ‘Mud Woman’!”

Watch the video, which features audio and video completely captured from a live performance, below.

Pre-order Anthems and Phantoms from SRA Records here.

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Track Premiere: Mayan Bull (ft. members of Trappist & Despise You) “Kid Cleveland”

It’s not often that a band forms after being offered an opportunity to write music for a film, but that’s exactly what happened with L.A.’s Mayan Bull. Back in 2011, drummer/keyboardist Phil Vera (Trappist, Despise You), guitarist Kurk Stevens and bassist Chris Walters were approached by director Todd Hickey to write a song for the soundtrack of Takedowns and Falls, his documentary about high-school wrestling in Pennsylvania. The trio recorded 10-minute instrumental “A Dangerous Gun” in Vera’s living room with producer Paul Fig (Alice In Chains, Deftones), and Mayan Bull was born. “We had so much fun recording the song that we kept practicing and came up with new songs,” Vera says.

One of those songs is “Kid Cleveland,” which we’re premiering here today. The propulsive track is all the more impressive given that instrumental music is a distinct departure for the members of Mayan Bull. Stevens plays in the noise rock band Kevarra, Walters plays shoegaze in The Slow Signal Fades and Vera plays an entirely different instrument—guitar—in L.A. powerviolence kings Despise You and Crom. “We discussed Mayan Bull as being a project that we could do for decades to come, something that isn’t pinned down to any particular genre of music but will grow over time,” Stevens says. “We want people to hear us and watch this project evolve.”

Mayan Bull by Mayan Bull

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Track Premiere: Inhuman Condition – “Euphoriphobia”

Kam Lee might have won the battle for the Massacre name, but Terry Butler is likely to win the war of band quality with Inhuman Condition, the new old-school new death/thrash act very much in the vein of classic (i.e. pre-Promise era) Massacre. Consisting of Butler on bass, Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., the Absence, Goregäng ex-Massacre) on vocals and drums and Taylor Nordberg (the Absence, ex-Massacre) on guitar, the trio is nearly ready to release their mid-paced battering, whammy-bar flailing debut album Rat°God on June 4 via Kling/Nordberg’s own Listenable Insanity Records.

But before that, Decibel is honored to premiere the video for Rat°God’s opening track “Euphoriphobia” for which Kling provides some ominous context.

“‘Euphoriphobia’ is a collection of thoughts that are channeled into one bullet,” says vocalist Jeramie Kling. “This bullet is then loaded into a chamber of a large weapon. That large weapon is then aimed and ready. What comes next is up to you.”

Check out the video for “Euphoriphobia,” featuring footage from Inhuman Condition’s April 17 performance in New Port Richey, FL with Deicide, below.

Pre-orders for vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and merch bundles of Rat°God are available now here.

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LOW STOCK ALERT: Limited Edition Decibel Vinyl Nearly Sold Out!

The Decibel Web Store currently has a few exclusive vinyl offers that we think you, fellow wax enthusiasts, should know about before it’s too late. Right now, we are taking pre-orders for new albums from Swedish melodeath progenitors At the Gates (limited to 300 copies) and Belgian post-doom collective Amenra (limited to 200 copies, the most exclusive pressing of this new album), both of which are selling out fast. Not to be forgotten, Metal Blade’s trailblazing comp series Metal Massacre is back with its fifteenth entry into the series, curated by Decibel editor in chief Albert Mudrian and featuring tracks from the likes of Midnight, Ripped to Shreds, Fuming Mouth, Temple of Void and many, many more.

All of these LP editions are a once-in-a-lifetime offer as they will no longer be available once they sell out. Don’t leave your collections incomplete, pick up your copies today!

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“200,” The Official Beer of Decibel’s 200th Issue Show Extremely Ex-Stream, Available for Pre-Order From Adroit Theory!

Decibel is honored to announce 200, the official beer of our 200th Issue Show Extremely Ex-Stream event! Brewed in collaboration with Virginia craft brewing heavyweights Adroit Theory, this Extremely Extreme Russian Imperial Stout is conditioned on toasted coconut, cacao nibs, peanut butter, pretzels and maple syrup, and clocks in at a mind-altering 14% ABV!

Lucky for you, you wouldn’t need a ride home from your couch, as you can pre-order 200 (ships April 21) and get your limited four-pack in time to raise a glass during Decibel’s 200th Issue Show Extremely Ex-Stream event, airing free on YouTube on April 30 at 8pm ET and featuring exclusive new performances from Midnight, Khemmis, Full of Hell, Horrendous, Wake and dozens of special guest appearances!

So, check your state’s shipping availability and then pre-order 200 (and pretty music anything else from Adroit Theory) NOW, because this extremely limited run won’t last as long as weekend hangover!

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Full Album Stream: Bushido Code – “The Ronin”

Sometimes you just have to take it back to the roots. The members of Pennsylvania crossover outfit Bushido Code have spent their lives playing in hardcore bands—Choose Your Weapon, Fury of V, xRepentx, among countless others—and they wanted to keep it simple, making an album that both hardcore fans and metalheads could get down to. The result is The Ronin, a blazing crossover record that finds its balance between Obituary, Metallica and Suicidal Tendencies.

Telling the story of Da Shi, a fictional rōnin samurai who travels through time in search of a warrior skilled enough to achieve death, Bushido code riff, shred and mosh their way through eight songs. The obstacles and internal battles that Da Shi faces along the way are reflective of common lyrical themes in hardcore, like honor, loyalty and respect, but re-envisioned in a new concept.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this release,” Ledet tells Decibel. “Through my years of playing music, this is probably the most excited I’ve been about a record that I’ve done. The Ronin is a brutal thrash experience.It should leave you dizzy from headbanging. Pick it up this Friday. Don’t be scared!”

The Ronin is streaming below and out April 16 via Upstate Records.
Bushido Code – “The Ronin” by UPSTATE RECORDS

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