Five For Friday: April 19, 2024


Greetings, Decibel readers!

There’s something beautiful about how upsetting extreme metal is. You’re not going to make people cheery with the albums below. You can’t put any of the song titles on a pillow at TJ Maxx. Well, maybe you could. And I’d buy that pillow. But I’m not most people. And neither are you, and that’s why you’re here.


Antichrist Siege Machine – Vengeance of Eternal Fire

Oppressive, ferocious warlike power and hatred. This is what you go for when you want pure violence and malevolence mainlined into your soul. Not for the faint, or even sturdy, of heart.

Stream: Apple Music

Dool – The Shape of Fluidity

Dark and melancholy rock very much in the vein of mid-90s era Paradise Lost and a myriad of other sounds. It’s the kind of band your mind would create when you imagine Prophecy Productions in the abstract.

Stream: Apple Music

Engulfed – Unearthly Litanies of Despair

Brutal excellence from Turkey’s Engulfed. The band’s particular blend of aggression, melody, and subterranean vocals reminds me a lot of bands like Intestine Baalism and early Amorphis. In other words, they remind me of the finer things in life.

Stream: Apple Music

My Dying Bride – A Mortal Binding

The masters of grief return on their latest effort of dark brilliance. The album is a broadly satisfying piece of doom metal artistry, but pay particular attention to the pair of special withering flowers with “Unthroned Creed” and “The Apocalyptist.”

Stream: Apple Music

Uttertomb – Nebulas Of Self-Desecration

More dark and menacing death metal from Chile. There’s something both chaotic and systematized about the band’s music. To most people’s ears, there’s no telling where the band will go next on its sonic assault. But to all of us, it all makes perfect, grim sense.

Stream: Apple Music

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