EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Thread of Omen – “Confined Reality” EP

Ghost Cult is proud to present the world-wide exclusive of South African brutal metal band Thread of Omen and their new EP Confined Reality. Formed in 2013, and hailing from the thriving Cape Town metal scene, the band has been building up a head of steam on the strength of two previous EP’s and the new release centrifuges all of their hard work into a well-tempered steel attack of riffs, fierce beats, bold grooves, bleak vocals, and progressive song structures. Confined Reality is definitely one of the most impressive late-year death metal releases we have heard. Jam the full EP stream below, or wherever you enjoy streaming your music! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Vestigial – “Crown of Serpents”

Ghost Cult has teamed up with Grand Rapids Michigan extreme metal band Vestigial to debut their full album stream for Crown of Serpents, out this Saturday, November 2nd. Brutal, bleak and straddling the line between classic and modern sounds, this band is definitely one you need to add to your end of year playlists. Purchase and stream the album at the link below! 

The band commented: 

“With Crown Of Serpents we aimed to dig deeper and paint a darker picture than we’ve done previously. After taking on our new drummer Mike Miller we doubled down on technicality and sought to blend the aggressive and evil elements of death metal with the melodic and groovy aspects of metalcore to find a sound all our own. Lyrically, I think this album speaks volumes about the frailty of our health as a species with both internal and external battles. A lot of people have difficulty making it out alive, and I think it’s important those people connect with that message and understand it happens to the best of us. If you take away anything from this album, it should be that you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out if you’re losing those battles.” – Michael Stellema, vocals/guitar

ALBUM REVIEW: Alcest – Spiritual Instinct

Imagine yourself about to jump into an oblivion of feelings, you do not know what to expect, but you feel thrilled because you know that you’re going to enjoy it and that you’re ready for the trip. That is what the new Alcest album, Spiritual Instinct (Nuclear Blast Records) brings to the table from the first track up to the last. I have to admit that I have never really paid any attention to the French masters of post-Black Metal, even a lot of people of my close circle loves them. For some reason, I didn’t want to pay attention and, by God, how wrong I was!

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Brain Drill Announces Immediate Break Up

In a post to their Facebook page, extreme Technical Death Metal Band Brain Drill has broken up. The band is not planning any further activity at this time. The band was actually marvelous both live and on records and seemed to perform at a high level, even with a rotating cast of players. We will miss these guys. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Essence of Datum – “Spellcrying Machine”

Ghost Cult is honored to bring you the EXCLUSIVE full album stream of Spellcrying Machine, the new album from Russian instrumental Extreme Metal band Essence of Datum, out tomorrow via Season of Mist. It is without a doubt the finest album of their career! Continue reading

Age Of The Wolf – Ouroboric Trances

In further proof of Metal’s worldwide appeal, dropped-out troupe Age Of The Wolf hail from Costa Rica. There’s pedigree in the ranks too, with ex-Corpse Garden six-stringer Christopher de Haan at the forefront of their sound, and the Extreme Metal experience of the quartet lends a seriously hard edge to Stoner-flavoured debut Ouroboric Trances (Aural Music). Continue reading

Origin – Abiogenesis – A Coming Into Existence

For twenty years the band Origin has set the standard for what excellent, American Death Metal should sound like. They have been blaring an uncommonly heavy, technical sound since the late nineties. Founding member and guitar player, Paul Ryan has been working on this signature style long before Origin was actually formed. Abiogenesis – A Coming Into Existence (Agonia Records) is a release of rarities from Origin’s vault that includes previously unreleased tracks from the pre-Origin era and a remastered version of Origin’s first EP. Continue reading