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March 17, 2018


Track Premiere: Besvärjelsen – ‘I Skuggan Av Ditt Mörker’

Besvärjelsen are very skilled at opening up windows to lush, psychedelic soundscapes as they plod through their psyched-out brand of doom metal. On “I Skuggan Av Ditt Mörker,” vibrant guitars that shimmer instead of crunching lead the way while lead singer Lea Amling Alazam adds another layer with her powerful vocals. “It was one of those

Q&A and Track Premiere: Leila Abdul-Rauf on “Diminution”

Leila Abdul-Rauf is well known to Decibel readers for her exemplary work with bands including Vastum, Cardinal Wyrm, Hammers Of Misfortune and others. The multi-instrumentalist is also busy composing her own music, which often veers in unpredictable directions. Her upcoming album Diminution, the followup to the 2015 release Insomnia, draws on Abdul-Rauf’s feelings about the collapse of the

Track Premiere: Octopus – ‘Strike (While the Iron is Hot)’

Detroit psych rockers Octopus play music in the way that only rock bands from Detroit can. Armed with fuzzed-out guitars and foot-stomping percussion, “Strike (While the Iron is Hot)” employs smoldering riffs and soulful vocals to create a memorable song that feels vintage yet modern. “Strike” comes from Supernatural Alliance, Octopus’ new album out March 30 on Lee

Yards Announce Beers for Decibel Metal & Beer Fest

Decibel has had the honor of working with a multitude of the most metal breweries in the country—and world—for Decibel Metal & Beer Fest, including our relationship with Yards Brewing. The Philadelphia-based featured brewery won’t just be pouring their established brews at the festival; Yards have collaborated with Philly heavy metal heroes Sumerlands for Haunted Forever, a black

Demo:listen: Pénombre

This week Demo:listen fans the blaze of Montreal’s Pénombre. Pénombre are a black metal trio from Montreal with immediate appeal as two-thirds of the band are the duo behind heavy-hitting death doom newcomers Shezmu. Although you’d never tell that simply by listening to Pénombre’s demo, Méphistophélès (ou le Diable sur Terre). This demo sounds like

Video Premiere: Choral Hearse – ‘An Abduction’

German progressive doom weirdos Choral Hearse have released the video for the song “An Abduction,” from their debut album Mire Exhumed. The effects-heavy music video is an ideal complement to the unorthodox music being played by Choral Hearse. “With ‘An Abduction,’ we bring together a lot of what our album Mire Exhumed is about: unearthing the hidden, voicing the

Iranian metal band Confess give update on whereabouts, safety

On November 19, 2015, Confess vocalist/guitarist Nikan (Siyanor) Khosravi and DJ/sampler Arash (Chemical) Ilkhani were, according to Khosravi, arrested by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Khosravia showed Decibel extensive documentation on the arrest, but as it was written in Persian, we couldn’t read it). The members of the Iranian thrash band were on death row

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