Perhaps I should change the name of my blog to or set up a new one because there seems to be at least as much great Death Metal as Black Metal emerging these days. ‘Decaying In Obscurity’ isn’t a brand new album per se (whatever that means) but I’ve only just got around to listening to it properly and it has blown me away.

The Japanese duo deliver ten stunning exhibits of slow, crushing DM that reminds me of bands like Coffins, Abscess etc. (etc. meaning I’m too lazy to think of more) and never relinquishes its grip on the listener’s throat during the course of a marvellous 51-minute onslaught.

In many ways, this is the most effective brand of metal music – suffocating, nauseating, brooding yet also comforting, enchanting and life-affirming. It has a real sense of nostalgia about it. The double vinyl format is excellent and more than does justice to an incredible volume of work from a relatively-unknown but simply stunning band. Check this out or forever live a life of regret.

Evilometer: 666/666