Haiduk To Release New Album Later in 2021


Blackened Death Metal force majeure Haiduk, the solo project of Luka Milojica, will release its fourth full-length album in the summer/fall of 2021! The new album will feature 11 new songs, tying together the dark lore of the previous albums and feature new maps, stories, illustrations, and a timeline. Mastering will take place in the black metal Mecca, Gothenburg, Sweden, by Robert Kukla from Obsidian Studios / Studio Fredman. New information, artwork, tracklisting, and music will follow in the coming months.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Einherjer – North Star


 

Whenever the subject of influential Viking metal rears its head from beneath freezing, storm-ridden waves, Dragons of the North (Napalm Records) by Norwegian act Einherjer usually finds its way into the conversation fairly quickly. Released in 1996, the record still remains a favourite among fans of the excessively hairy subgenre, and twenty-five years later the band are still going strong.

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ALBUM REVIEW Yoth Iria – As The Flame Withers


 

While Yoth Iria has been recognized for featuring members of groups like Rotting Christ and Necromantia, their first full-length isn’t necessarily cut from the same cloth as their forebears. As The Flame Withers (Pagan Records) features the riff-driven structures and melodic flourishes common in most Hellenic Black Metal but pushes them to even further extents thanks to the equally prominent Traditional Metal and Doom influences. The results are comparable to Agatus’s The Eternalist, which featured a similar Blackened Heavy Metal mindset.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Portrayal of Guilt – We Are Always Alone


Who decided to file Portrayal of Guilt under Screamo? Where should we file them? I don’t know, that’s for folks who spend their time and energy in the endless heavy music genre debates and on websites like Encyclopaedia Metallum to decide. You know, the type of people that will insist that Annihilator isn’t a Thrash band as they really fall under Speed Metal. They are truly doing the Lord’s work. But to slap the screamo tag on Portrayal of Guilt, particularly on We Are Always Alone (Closed Casket Activities) seems a bit simplistic.

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Gravesend Shares New Video for “Needle Park” – New Album Incoming


New York’s Black/Death Gravesend has shared a new video for their new track – “Needle Park!” The song comes from their forthcoming new album Methods Of Human Disposal from their debut album for their new label 20 Buck Spin n LP, CD, cassette, and digital formats February 19th. The album releases in February. Watch the video now! Continue reading


GUEST POST: Gate Master’s Top 10 Albums of the Year 2020


Ghost Cult is kicking off our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR types, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Dungeon Synth / Black Metal artist Gate Master shares his top 10 releases of 2020.

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BOOK REVIEW: Jeremy Saffer – Daughters of Darkness – Rare Bird Books



Daughters of Darkness is the result of a twelve-year labor of love from Jeremy Saffer, one of the most iconic concert and celebrity photographers of our time. His lifelong love of Metal and all its sub-genres, specifically Black Metal as well as his mastery of lighting, have transformed a powerful collection of fine art female nudes in corpse paint into a coffee table book work of art in his first-ever coffee table book, Daughters of Darkness (Rare Bird Books).

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Behemoth Shares 20 Years Reissue of “Thelema 6”


Behemoth is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 2000 album Thelema 6 (Avant-Garde Music), released on November 27th 2000, with a new deluxe vinyl reissue, and special merch drop. Thelema 6 was one of the band’s earlier albums focused more on Black Metal with a hint of the Death Metal style they would favor later on. Order the vinyl now at the link below and watch a video from Nergal discussing the album’s history.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Suidakra – Lupine Essence


The early nineties was an exciting experimental and developmental time for the genre of Folk Metal. The German outfit SuidAkrA took on this evolving style and meshed it up with Black Metal on their debut album, Lupine Essence that was released in 1997. They were able to uniquely harmonize the two genres and create a memorable and meaningful record that is still considered with reverence in the Black/Folk/Celtic Metal scenes. Now the band is re-releasing their early work with original member Arkadius Antonik remastering each track himself. With new artwork, bonus tracks, and its first release on vinyl, these multi-genre metal veterans are getting a chance to properly present their initial material. Continue reading