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Album Premiere: Sarcator – Sarcator

Scandinavian defenders of the faith Sarcator burst onto the scene last year with two rapid-fire EPs, but it was Visions of Purgatory compilation of those two 2019 EPs, released courtesy of Redefining Darkness, that gave metalheads around the world the official heads up on these beyond-promising, straight-up-threatening young rippers. Now the Swedish quartet, whose age range is 16 – 21, return with an 11-track debut full-length that slashes, stabs, impales and burns like an extreme metal highlight reel. 

“When it comes to debut albums it usually ends up as a result of all the bands that you’ve been influenced by. And it is the same with us!” Sarcator say. “Musically we are heavily influenced by the great thrash bands of Germany and the old school black thrash bands of South America! From our point of view, we are of course proud of what we have created in these 2 years of Sarcator and it will be awesome to spread it out so you all can hear it! As I mentioned with our musical influences it is going to be a fast thrashing debut, with a bit of our touch added to it! Expect some variation and new elements added to our sound in the future, because we are already at the rehearsal place creating new shit! Thanks to Decibel for this opportunity!”

Sarcator

Sarcator by SARCATOR

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Demo:listen: Crossspitter

Later this fall, NYC-based label Stygian Black Hand will release Dry & Grinding Mouth, the three-song demo from stateside death metallers Crossspitter. Cloaked in the anonymity of the absolute bloodhaze their short, but heart-attack-heavy demo kicks up, Crossspitter seem to be more concerned with extreme blasphemy and shredding violent noise than with fame or fortune—as you’ll discover in the following interview. Typically we present our interviews a little differently, but since all three members of Crossspitter took it upon themselves to answer each question personally, and viciously, we thought it best to present the interview in full.

Dry & Grinding Mouth
Dry & Grinding Mouth by Crossspitter

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Ricky Spitter – Frenzied Death-throbbings, Afterlifeless Provings, Sneers

No way this is anyone’s first band, but it bursts with that kind of youthful first-band energy. What inspired Crossspitter’s creation?

 Norman: OUR EXTREME DISGUST FOR THE MORONIC AND PERPETUAL CHRISTIAN AGITATION OF HUMANITY! THESE WASTED BAGS OF GAS ARE POINTLESS AND UGLY PARASITES. THEY WISH TO CONVERT AND CONTROL, WE LIVE TO OPPOSE AND OVERTHROW!!!

Donna Violence: Do you sense the building hate? Hate that has been twisting you from the inside? With no hope for satisfaction, no hope for peace? Darling, it’s time to unleash spit and violence towards the colonizer church until you are nothing but an empty shrivelled husk.

 Ricky Spitter: One reason: to show off who is fucking boss regarding antichristian godhating death metal.

 

And what made you want to play blasphemous death metal?

Norman: WE HAD NO CHOICE. CROSSSPITTER’S FORMATION WAS MANDATED FROM WITHIN OURSELVES. WE ARE DRAWN TO EACH OTHER AND WE ARE REPULSED BY THE CROSS!!!

Donna Violence: Doth not the wolf drool upon the church gates with her ravenous pack abound? 

Ricky Spitter: We tried to be this hateful before but it didn’t work. 

Also where is Crossspitter from? Couldn’t seem to find a location anywhere in your bio.

 Norman: YOU WERE LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE ALL ALONG.  CROSSSPITTER IS FROM INSIDE YOU. CROSSSPITTER IS EVERY NASTY JAB AND ALL THE RIDICULE THAT MAY COME TO MIND WHENEVER YOU ARE FORCED TO ENDURE ANY OF CHRISTIANITY’S FOOLISHNESS. 

Donna Violence: Worry not; we will surely be in your backyard performing unspeakable acts. We will be in your very home spitting upon every cross … and you are free to join us

Ricky Spitter: Yea, we’re from the US. You don’t wanna fuck with us!!

Donna Violence – Void-guitar, Cruelty, Emulsified Taunts

So what do you yourselves call your brand of heavy-hitting, deep-roaring death metal? 

Ricky Spitter: I don’t know but I hope it makes you comfortable being a really disgusting person.

Donna Violence: Truly it is just noise and clamour. Effortless. Performed for personal amusement, regardless of the meaningless cacophony it creates.

Norman: WE OFFER INSULTORY METAL FROM THE HUMILIATING REALITY OF EARTH!!! SO DON’T TRY AND STOP US!! YOU CAN’T!!

 

What about this obsession with bodily fluids? How does the name Crossspitter capture your sound?

Donna Violence: Would you have preferred we called this CROSSSPISSER?  Yes, I reckon a depraved pervert like you would. This filth is for your ilk.

Norman: OUR LIPS SHRIVEL BY THE AMOUNT OF SPITTING WE RAIN UPON THEIR PITIFUL ICONOGRAPHY ANNUALLY!! BODILY FLUIDS ARE THE ONLY REAL SUBSTANCE THE CHRISTIANS PRODUCE—JUST PISS AND SHIT FROM THESE DICKHEADS AND ASSHOLES!! 

Ricky Spitter: You’re gonna need a big fuckin towel to mop this shit up, freaks. Yeah, go get the towel!!!

 

Short, brutal and utterly sadistic, but there’s no denying this demo sounds fantastic. What can you tell me about the recording process for this demo? Where, when and with whom?

 Norman: WE ORDERED WHOLESALE BULK MEDICAL AMPHETAMINE SALTS FROM ABROAD, AND UTILIZED THEM TO WITHSTAND AND SCRUTINIZE 6000+ HOURS OF EVANGELICAL CHURCH TELEVISION, 10000+ PAGES OF VATICAN RECORDS ON CRUSADES AND SEX ABUSE COVER-UPS, AND LISTENED TO 3500+ HOURS OF ALTERNATIVE CHRISTIAN RADIO. AFTER THE MONTH OF VOMITING WHICH THAT INDUCED, WE SENT OUR COLLECTIVE PUKE OFF TO GET MASTERED.

Ricky Spitter: Everything was out of tune and the guitar was all hollowed out too. The drums were all fucked up and some of them were haunted. NO producers, NO studios, just the fuckin basement!!!!

Donna Violence: It’s 2020. We still somehow have remaining Christians past due for extermination. They are growing bold in the face of their final end. Who in their right mind is actually worried about where some shit demo was recorded? Just make sure you’ve stockpiled enough ammo, love.

Norman – Ammonium Nitrate Megabass, Crosssplintering Conversations

What can you tell us about your pseudonyms?

Ricky Spitter: It’s actually Dick Spitter, but I got tired of putting smart asses in their place. 

Norman: I AM NORMAN.  I AM THE NORMAL MAN.  I AM.  IT’S NOT NORMAL TO KNEEL BEFORE THE IDOL EACH SUNDAY MORNING ONLY TO LEAVE AND BREAK THE SELF IMPOSED RULES YOU’VE PLACED ON YOURSELF WHILE CONSTANTLY ATTEMPTING TO SHACKLE EVERYONE AROUND WITH YOUR SHORT-SIGHTED HYPOCRISIES!!! FOAD!!!

Donna Violence: Donna Violence has a motto: “Life is meaningless, do whatever you want, stay slutty, keep it ugly.”

 

What has Crossspitter been up to since finishing the demo? Whats next for the band?

Donna Violence: We have full albums that creeps, cons and priests have all attempted to take away from us. They will have to pry them from our cold, wet mouths!!! We will thicken each song’s hate like the phlegm that drips from your rosary. We are unexpected, inevitable and fully deserved.

Norman: THERE ARE SO MANY MORE CHRISTIAN IDIOTS TO PUT DOWN AND WE HAVE SO MANY MORE HURTFUL TAUNTS FOR THEM ALREADY PREPARED!!!!!  THIS DEMO ALONE HAS PLACED US ON SEVERAL WATCH LISTS SO WE MUST RELEASE EACH INCIVILITY IN SHORT PANDEMONIUMIACAL BURSTS UTILIZING THE ELEMENT OF CROSSSLAUGHTERING SURPRISE!! YOU MAY WANT TO COVER YOUR EARS FOR OUR NEXT AFFRONT—IT WILL BE MAXIMALLY OFFENSIVE, LEWDLY WET, AND CERTAINLY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CHRISTIAN GOONS!!!

Ricky Spitter: UGH! I just hate the fucking church SO MUCH!!!!! That’s enough! This interview is OVER!!!

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Video Premiere: Nader Sadek – “The Serapeum (Polluted Waters)”

“Everytime I think about this project, I literally have to pinch myself,” Nader Sadek says.  “Layers and layers of seeming impossibilities and events only dared conjured by dreams, have manifested themselves into physical reality.”

The Egyptian-American visual artist/death metal frontman is talking about his new EP The Serapeum, out November 20. As the video streaming below reveals, “In 2017, Cairometal.net invited Karl Sanders, Derek Roddy, and Mahmud Gecekusu to Egypt, to collaborate with Nader Sadek.”

Nader Sadek released his first album in 2011, the revelatory In the Flesh. Now The Serapeum continues Nader Sadek’s auspicious tradition of bringing in elite death metal players from around the world to help the artist realize his vision.

According to Nader, “Bringing Karl and Derek to Egypt for this project; not to mention Dominic, Shaun, Ben, Morean, Mendel, having been brought here via the live shows in Egypt I organized, and of course uniting with my brothers and sister Mahmud, Ahdy, Alex and Nancy; is a miracle in itself.” To record his vocals for the songs, Nader elaborates, he went even further. “I also managed to sneak audio equipment into the pyramid of Snefru, one of the greatest and first pyramids, and recorded my vocals for  an entire song for the very first time there, due to its intentional sound frequency-manipulating properties. Drawing inspiration from The Serapeum, whose realization is a far greater mystery than the building of the pyramids, was a testament to the fact that nothing is impossible. Things had a very strange way of aligning themselves.” He continues: “I’m honored and thankful for Decibel premiering this very special documentation of Derek, Karl and Mahmud in the process of writing the song, as well as my recording process at the red pyramid of Snefru in Dahshur.”

“The Serapeum (Polluted Waters)”

Says Karl Sanders (whose telling smile shines throughout the above video), “I’m really happy to see the release of The Serapeum. Nader is an incredible unique visionary multimedia artist and I’m honored and thankful to have had the chance to participate in a project with him. I had such a blast working with Nader, Derek, and Mahmud—making music with these killer guys was so easy and fun it was like being on vacation. This project was especially memorable for me, as it was my first ever trip to Egypt. It’s something I had been yearning to do for a lifetime—to experience firsthand the Epic Grandeur of The Ancients.”

 

Derek Roddy adds, “Travel to Egypt, see some killer sights, eat some great food, and write awesome music with Karl, Mahmud and Nader ? Sign me up! Great fun and a stellar time. Thanks Nader!”

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Armored Saint Grace the Cover of the December Issue of Decibel

Almost 40 years into their career showing no signs of stopping, California sons Armored Saint have accomplished so much while evading one major distinction: a classification. Are they thrash metal? Rock? Old school? New school? In this issue of Decibel, the quintet set out to prove that their new record, Punching the Sky (out Friday, Oct 23 on Metal Blade), has that unmistakably awesome Armored Saint sound. Paired with a double dose of flexi featuring Canadian grind galaxy brains Wake and Texas bludgeoners Frozen Soul, our latest offering might just be what saves you. Each issue is limited, so get your copy today!

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Track Premiere: Shaidar Logoth – “Anguish Cradle”

Warlockery and a deep hatred for mankind have brought forth USBM pact Shaidar Logoth’s third full-length work, Chapter III: The Void God. In the decade since their first tape, the cult Chapter I: The Peddler, these Minnesotan accomplices to the apocalypse have grown from humble initiates into the dark realm to—as exhibited on their third chapter—final-form phantomlords capable of destruction on a massive scale. 

“We wanted to complete the story both lyrically and musically,” writes the band. “The Peddler has been summoned as The Void God through dark ritual, and has decided to destroy the world and remake it in his image. The record explores the destructive and creative aspects of chaos, and is meant to sound like it’s sort of coming apart at the seams.” They continue, “Although it was primarily written and recorded 2 years ago, it couldn’t have come out at a more appropriate time. Sometimes you just need to tear everything down.”

Today we assist Shaidar Logoth in unveiling “Anguish Cradle,” the latest single from Chapter III: The Void God the third and final installment in their trilogy. Over three years in the making, Shaidar Logoth’s third album enfolds four epic tracks into one earth-shattering experience. From the eye of that chaos, this is “Anguish Cradle.”

Quote Shaidar Logoth: “When there is nothing of redeeming value, when all that’s left is malevolence and bitterness and woe, the only thing to do is to damn it all to the void and start over from scratch.”

“Anguish Cradle”



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Track Premiere: Pulchra Morte – “The Archer & The Noose”

Collecting stateside extreme metal heavies from the likes of Wolvhammer, Eulogy, Skeletonwitch and more, Pulchra Morte began only three years ago, but immediately the quintet’s sound came off cast in stone and timeless. On their debut full-length album the stateside procession brought brutal melody back to the death-doom genre, simultaneously breaking the rules of modern death-doom while invoking a spirit long-absent from the scene. 

Just before the pandemic, we premiered the first single from Pulchra Morte’s sophomore full-length, then unnamed. Now the American death-doom demigods’ second album is finished and named Ex Rosa Ceremonia. Recorded, mixed and produced at New Constellation by (one of) Pulchra Morte’s guitarist Jarrett Pritchard, with cover art by Brian Sheehan, Ex Rosa Ceremonia comes out November 6 on Transcending Records.

Today we have the pleasure of presenting our readers with another single from Ex Rosa Ceremonia. Guest vocalist Heather Dykstra and guest cellist Naarah Strokosch return to help Pulchra Morte crush breath-taking death-doom to move even the most callus hearts. Pulchra Morte vocalist Adam Clemans says, “‘The Archer & The Noose’ is easily one of my favorite pieces on the record. Collaborating with Heather [Dykstra] was very enjoyable as well. She’s a properly trained singer and I thought it was very interesting that, without talking directly, we ended up writing the same melody for the clean sung section. It was meant to be.”

“The Archer & The Noose”

Ex Rosa Ceremonia by Pulchra Morte

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Demo:listen: Atrahasis

How many of you are aware of the presence of a national network of death metal musicians attempting to usher in the end of stagnation in the modern American death metal underground? To inform you, then, they go by Atrahasis, and they’re getting bolder by the day. Two weeks ago they revealed Antediluvian Prophecies onto the unsuspecting internet. What’s more, they told us they were going to do it. They knew we were powerless to stop them.

“Originally, we wanted to keep it anonymous, solely for the reason of having people listen to what we wrote without any prior ideas or thoughts,” Sean AKA Ningishzida, Atrahasis’ guitarist, vocalist and synth player tells us. “A clean slate so to say. Derek and I keep busy with a lot of other death metal-related things and we just wanted this to be a different entity. Upon releasing it, we both realized that we wanted to share what we made and have it heard. It is public information, but neither of us are loudly proclaiming it or denying it. But we are happy with the end result.” 

Sean continues, “The band consists of Derek on bass and me (Sean) on guitars and vocals. We had our good friend Jay Clifton from Graverape/Humanity’s End/many more bands, join us on session drums for the release.”

Antediluvian Prophecies

Antediluvian Prophecies by Atrahasis

According to Sean, “Dumuzi and Ningishzida were harvest/farming deities, as well as Lords of the Underworld. They are both represented by the twin serpents, or the Caduceus. They are both very similar. They are also both the Twin Celestial Guardians at the Palace of Anu, the supreme God in the Sumerian pantheon. Serpent mythology and symbolism is prevalent not only in the Ancient Near East, but all over the world. Ningishzida is also known as the feathered or plumed serpent. 

The Plumed Serpent is also the god of the Pre-Hispanic Mesoamericans. Quetzlcoatl, Kukulcan, Amaru, etc. Even the name America or Amaruka derives from the words Amaru (serpent, plumed serpent) and Ka (land,soil)  or Land of the Plumed Serpent. America does not come from Amerigo Vespuci. We urge readers to delve deep into the books and ancient mysteries of our past. 

Serpents represent knowledge. Tales of Serpent Gods bringing wisdom to man after the Great Deluge are common to almost all ancient civilizations across the globe. We do not believe this is just coincidence.” 

Atrahasis’ razor-sharp, ritually clean logo was executed, Sean says, by the band’s “great friend Ian Turpin, @spectral.corrosion.” Sean says, “He is also the man responsible for Throat Breach, Napalm Meth, and much more. Super talented guy and we’re proud to have released his music and call him a brother. He even does all the art for his own releases. He has his own unique style and we believe he could do something unique. We told him our themes and that we wanted absolutely no derivative, dripping, slimy, moldy cave death type logo. Make it sharp and triumphant! And that he did!”

The beauty in Atrahasis’ approach to death metal is not that it’s entirely novel, but that it explores realms few others do and with a heady/head-pulverizing combination of their influences. According to Sean, “Nile was a huge inspiration for us. Morbid Angel’s Formulas and Gateways were also huge inspirations. Stuff like Immolation’s Here In After, Angelcorpse, early Belphegor, Mithras, Deicide, and even death metal-era Behemoth were also very inspiring to us. And of course, we worship bands like Benediction, Entombed, Dismember and Autopsy. Catchy riffs and choruses in death metal! We could list a million influences, but those are definitely the big ones.”

Sean continues to explain, “The lyrical content and themes came from our shared love of ancient history, archaeology, psychology, magick, the occult, and other esoteric things. Authors Zechariah Sitchin and Graham Hancock and their theories on ancient civilization. There is so much truth that is hidden and distorted. Seek more. Reject conformity. We are more than we think. We just wanted to put out music that felt ancient and old. Like opening a crypt and discovering the mummies of an ancient race of giants. Derek and I have been writing remotely as we both live in two different states. Even our drummer lives in another state! We wrote like we always do, sending recordings back and forth and recording versions until we were happy with them, then finalizing them and recording.”

The first song Atrahasis released to the public was “Kibrat Erbettim.” Sean says, “‘Kibrat Erbettim’ is Sumerian for ‘All Encompassing’ or ‘Land of the Four Directions.’ The song is about the ancient battle between Marduk and Enki and the fall of Sumer. There is also a bit more to it when you think about the meaning of the song title. We will let the listener think upon it. 

According to Sean, “Derek and I have been writing music social distance-style since before it was cool! Like I said previously, we both live in two different states! Our drummer lives in another! People like to make a lot of excuses on why they cannot do something constructive or creative during this time. It is not only possible to do it, but in fact, I would say it is the most inspiring time to create. Use all the negativity and hatred and harness it to create great beauty and art. It can be done. We all have computers. It is easier than ever to self-record and produce. Derek recorded his own bass. I recorded the guitars, vocals, and synths. Jay did the drums in his basement with 3 mics. I then mixed and mastered it myself. Your experience may vary. Approach with caution. But also go crazy and push yourself to your limits and learn new things.”

The cover for Atrahasis’ demo, “was done by @Deathbait,” Sean informs us. He explains, “It depicts a Sumerian deity, possibly known as Ninurta (there’s no one answer) standing upon the Great Ziggurat of Ur. This eagle headed type being is depicted in Mesoamerica, Asia, and many other parts of the globe. Behind him, the exoplanet Nibiru. Below his feet are people wailing and laying prostrate before him in worship and adoration. Worthless to him.”

While the demo tape is nearly sold-out— “At the time of this interview, there are less than 20 tapes left.”—Sean says, “We have a CD version on the way, as well as news regarding a 12” version which we will announce soon!”

Furthermore, he says, AWe never stopped writing! There’s plenty more coming. Maybe a 7”. Maybe another 7” split….it’s coming. Expect more.

“Thanks to everyone who listened to Atrahasis. We hope that some may even be inspired to read some books and search for answers to things! Expect more music soon! AZAG MUDUTU NURU. You can support us at the links. No matter how you do, it supports us as we are the label and band.”

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‘USBM: A Revolution of Identity in American Black Metal’ Book Pre-Order Available NOW!

Over three years in the making, Decibel Books is proud to finally announce the publication of USBM: A Revolution of Identity in American Black Metal. In parallel with the blazing European scene of the 1990s, the American wasteland birthed its own wayward souls who found their own uses for blast beats, tremolo picking, ghoulish shrieks and satanic leanings. Over the span of 30 years, Americans have clung to black metal’s core tenets and cast them off in equal measure, always in search of a sound that could give voice to our uniquely predatory demons.

This new 544-page hardcover book chronicles the stateside movement via first-hand accounts from genre progenitors Von, Profanatica and Absu through revolutionary acts like Leviathan, Weakling and Xasthur to present day progressives Panopticon, Deafheaven and Wolves in the Throne Room along with dozens more black metal musicians. Including hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photos and a special foreword from extreme metal godfather Tom Gabriel Warrior (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost), USBM is a thorough and definitive tome from longtime Decibel contributor Daniel Lake and is available for pre-order exclusively through Decibel NOW. Ships in late November.

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Album Premiere: False Gods – No Symmetry … Only Disillusion

Long Island-located rage artists False Gods began venting their existential hostility officially in 2016 with the release of their debut EP Wasteland. Even then the New York quintet wanted nothing to do with genre restrictions. Over the course of their next two EPs, they continued to let the songs’ themes shape their sounds, rather than letting an enforced subgenre dictate how their songs should sound. In their own way False Gods first found and then worked their sound into the junkyard deity that’s risen on No Symmetry … Only Disillusion, their debut full-length recording.

Out this Friday on CD from Cleveland’s Seeing Red Records, No Symmetry … Only Disillusion was produced at The Thousand Caves Studio by Colin Marston and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. 

“We have poured every emotion we have into making this record,” says Greg March, one of False Gods guitarists. “Every ounce of love, hate, pain, misanthropy, existential dread and self-loathing that we have in our hearts we were able to channel through us  and put it all on wax. Since day one, we have challenged the parameters of what one could expect from a sludge metal band. This record is a unique and uncompromising blend of noise, hardcore, post-punk, black and classic doom metal . Not one song on this record sounds alike. The record reflects the gamut of emotion that we feel daily throughout our lives. The good, bad and ugly.”

 

No Symmetry … Only Disillusion

No Symmetry…Only Disillusion by FALSE GODS

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EP Premiere: Septage – Septic Decadence

We’re psyched to bring you this exclusive full stream of the debut EP from Septage, a brand-new death-grind trio coming out of that most putrid hotbed, Copenhagen, Deathmark. Septage brings together bass guitarist Malik, also of Hyperdontia, guitarist Tobias and drummer Ugur, who also plays in Taphos and Ascendency. Septic Decadence contains four absolutely sewage goregrinding gut-blasters guaranteed to upset your bowels and your year-end list alike. 

According to the band, Septage “started during pandemic times by three friends knowing each other through their bands in the Copenhagen underground music scene.” They explain that their mission is “to play simple and effective music with the urgency and grossness of the best goregrind and death metal bands from the past. Catchy, to the point and in your face.”

Septic Decadence

Septic Decadence by Septage

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