Q&A: Jari Lindholm & Alejandro Lotero (Exgenesis) Play With Fire

Decibel have been long-time admirers (HERE) of Swedish musician Jari Lindholm’s work. First, in one-album stunner Slumber. Next, from Slumber’s ashes in AtomA. And finally in Enshine, Lindholm’s melodic death metal project with Fractal Gates/Cold Insight’s Sebastien Pierre. Parallel to all that, the Swedish songmaster has had his beautiful compositional/playing style imbued in Sears of…

Album Premiere: Inexorum ‘Moonlit Navigation’ & Q&A With Carl Skildum

Decibel found a virtual spot on the shores of Lake Vermilion with guitarist/vocalist Carl Skildum of Inexorum to talk through the band’s newest album, Moonlit Navigation (Gilead Media). Inexorum are an American duo — Skildum and bassist/vocalist Matthew Kirkwold — who ply an ancient form of melodic death metal, the kind that verges on black…

Track Premiere: Black Funeral – ‘The Vampyric Rabisu at the Threshold’

Four years from Ankou and the Death Fire and 10 years from Vukolak, occultist and American black metal legend Akhtya Nachttoter (aka Michael W. Ford) emerges from the ever-black chasms with tour de force effort, Scourge of Lamashtu. Now, many Black Funeral fans remember the mid-’90s when Nachttoter embroiled the U.S. scene with images of…

Q&A: Mat McNerney (Hexvessel) Invites You Into His Inner (Outer) World

Whatever British-Finnish outfit Hexvessel are stylistically, they are doing it right. Formed in 2009 by Mat “Kvohst” McNerney (yes, he of Code and Dødheimsgard fame) in Finland, Hexvessel quickly garnered the attention of metalheads who leaned exquisitely into left field territory while maintaining a “Hammer Smashed Face” persona. Or, maybe they didn’t care that Dead…

Album Review: Carach Angren – ‘Franckensteina Strataemontanus’

F for flamboyant Oddballs Carach Angren aren’t the only band to hit black metal upside its atavistic cranium with a bit of left-brained mania, but they might stand out as one of more creative to posit a horror score/classical psychosis on its corpsepainted pate. Franckensteina Strataemontanus extends the Dutch fiends’ foray into the theatrical, the…