Five For Friday: November 24, 2023

Greetings, Decibel readers!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving, for those who celebrate. In case you hadn’t seen it before, we have an entire article dedicated to songs about eating. Aside from that, we also have five new albums for you to digest below.

After all, this is when all retail establishments will be switching to Christmas music, so you’ll need some kind of relief when you make it out of there.

The Breathing Process – Todeskrone

Brutal and brain-scrambling madness from The Breathing Process, whose sound now fits in perfectly with Unique Leader Records. Would definitely be cool to see this incarnation of the band, as my circa-2005 experience with them was very different. The venue probably isn’t even there anymore!

Stream: Apple Music

Todeskrone by The Breathing Process

Convocation – No Dawn For The Caliginous Night

I looked it up and “caliginous” is indeed a word! It means misty, dim, obscure, or dark. And that all checks out for this album! Add the word “epic” and you’ve basically got it all covered.

Stream: Apple Music

No Dawn For The Caliginous Night by Convocation

Cruciamentum – Obsidian Refractions 

Among the hordes of death-metal practitioners that emerged in the last 15 years, Cruciamentum stands out as creators of the highest quality. There’s so many bands out there aping the Incantation-Immolation style, but these guys take those materials, chop them up and add so much more that the ending structure really is their own.

Stream: Apple Music

Obsidian Refractions by CRUCIAMENTUM

Midnight Odyssey – Biolume Part 3 – A Fullmoon Madness

Grand, entrancing black metal. Midnight Odyssey has long been one of the champions of mystical, symphonic black metal, a type of music made for observing winter’s majesty. Put this album on once the snow starts falling and you’ll understand.

Stream: Apple Music

Biolume Part 3 – A Fullmoon Madness by Midnight Odyssey

One Master – The Names of Power

I mentioned these guys last week when I talked about Ritual Clearing, and am pleased to boost another (mostly) CT-based black metal band here at Decibel. This evil and menacing black metal done right — you can feel the wicked spirits rising from the ground as you listen. Valder and his compatriots are indeed masters of metallic drama, as the songs flow like a narrative, with not a moment wasted. Valder’s vocals are heavily distorted in a way that allows them to flow naturally with the rest of the band, almost functioning as another guitar-like sound. He’s also super-menacing to watch on stage, his level of focus almost unsettling. This album is pretty unsettling overall, but in all the right ways.

Stream: Apple Music

The Names of Power by One Master

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