ALBUM REVIEW: Bewitcher – Cursed Be Thy Kingdom



Bewitcher has always stood out for having a more melodic slant than their Blackened Speed Metal peers and that distinction is at its most apparent on their third album. The band’s Venom meets Running Wild style leans much in the latter’s favor on Cursed Be Thy Kingdom (Century Media Records). The guitar rhythms are noticeably more accessible with more flamboyant leads above them and more dynamic song structures to match. Even the blatant Welcome To Hell worship on ‘Satanic Magick Attack’ has an almost Hard Rock flair to it.

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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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PODCAST: Episode 117 – Daniel Beckman of Ages Talks “Uncrown” and Old-School Black Metal


Ghost cult caught up with Daniel Beckman of Swedish Black Metal band Ages, to discuss their upcoming new album, Uncrown, due out on August 21st via Black Lodge Records. Daniel went into details about the history of the band, their comeback after a gap between albums, the bands’ approach to songwriting, his thoughts on what makes good production for black metal albums, his work as a sound engineer, his favorite old-school bands in the genre, the great album artwork by Chris Cold, what gets him in a creative mood, and much more. Purchase the album here and check out our chat. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Schammasch – Hearts of No Light


Never judge a book by its cover, kids. It’s a good lesson. Listen to your mother more often, you’ll learn something. I only bring up this time-worn adage because I was too quick and judged Schammasch‘s latest Hearts of No Light (Prosthetic Records) based on the merits of album title and art. What? I saw it and therefore immediately assumed it was another self-important Black Metal release that would ultimately sound like it was recorded in an old washing machine filled with loose gravel, nails and an uncomfortable badger. Continue reading


NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: September 6th New Music Releases


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Falls of Rauros – Patterns in Mythology


Not sure what seems to be reverberating in the extreme music world, but it seems like the hills are alive with the sound pf atmospheric Black Metal these days. Just speaking out of personal experience this is my third week of being charged with reviewing an artsy and multi-dimensional take of the tried and tested subgenre. This time around it’s Falls of Rauros with their new album Patterns in Mythology (Gilead Media).Continue reading