The Sacrifice – The Sacrifice

Electronic music comes in many waves. From new, to old to 80’s electro-rock, not many succeed in creating a memorable electronic record. For the French trio, The Sacrifice, it’s a point to revive the genre with nostalgic moments as they debut with their self-titled (Season Of Mist) on their own terms. They have taken synth-wave and incorporated classic 80’s pop and metal to produce this modern electro groove. The 11-track album is an experiment that involved a dozen of vintage synthesizers and drum machines, according to the band. But what listeners will gather here is a record that balances sonic synths full of color and life. The Sacrifice is here to make you dance. Continue reading

Deathkings – Ex Nihilo

I guess Deathkings really missed us since the release of 2016’s All That is Beautiful and decided to do something really nice about it. Being the sweethearts that they are this Los Angeles collective have gifted us a little something in the form a new EP, Ex Nihilo (self-released). And while it’s only two tracks on the shorter end of the spectrum (compared to the usual Sludge/Doom fare) it’s a potent and deadly reminder of what Deathkings is capable of. Continue reading

Carsten Otterbach, Founding Member Of Morgoth Has Died

Sad news today as Carsten Otterbach, a founding member of Morgoth has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 48. The guitarist also owned his own management company, Direct Management. Otterbach, played on Morgoth’s first five releases: Resurrection Absurd (1989) and The Eternal Fall (1990), Cursed (1991), Odium (1993) and Feel Sorry For The Fanatic (1996). Century Media Records co-founder Robert Kampf, released the following statement via his Facebook page: “With a very heavy heart, I learned that a close friend of 28 years, Carsten Otterbach, has passed. Carsten had a decade long battle with MS (multiple sclerosis). While he was a trooper and battled it hard for a long time, it was one of those battles that eventually take you down. I will always remember Carsten as a very sharp-minded, well-read, business-savvy and, at the same time, very fun-loving, tolerant and simply great guy. He will always live in my heart. Carsten fought very hard for his artists and was honorable as it gets. Legendary are the fights between my late partner Oliver Withöft and Carsten. The two of them fighting was scary if you were in the room, but always a fun story afterwards. Both were good friends and, unfortunately, did not make it to age 50. “Farewell, Carsten. You will not be forgotten and [will be] held in very high acclaim by your friends and by several generations of metal artist.”

We send our condolences out to Carsten’s family, friends, and fans at this time.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM – Wald Krypta – Nature Enigma

Throwback North American Black Metal act Wald Krypta will release their new full-length album, Nature Enigma, tomorrow via the Eternal Death label. The band plays uncompromising raw kvlt music that hearkens to the early lo-fi days of real true black metal, as opposed to its lesser modern-sounding, too pretty offshoots. Ghost Cult is proud to share the full album stream to you today before it drops tomorrow. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Ophidian Forest – “VotIve”

Experimental multi-national Black Metal collective Ophidian Forest are releasing their new opus tomorrow – VotIve (Code666). With a tremendous lineage, (ex-con , ex-Rubicon, Botanist, Lotus Thief, ex-Ordo Obsidium, ex-Utter Bastard, Book of Sand), the group has piqued the interest of many around the world with their lineup split between the USA and The Netherlands. The sound is definitely a result of divergent, creative thinking. The band draws from many influences, be it eerie synths, frosty grim old-school explorations, naturalist folk-inspired USBM bleakness, or even free Jazz to create an intoxicating style. Ghost Cult is proud to team up with the band to present their full album stream. Check it out! Continue reading

Ulver Books First Ever US Concert, On Sale This Week

Majestic progressive cult metallers Ulver has booked their first ever show in the USA for next spring. They will make their live debut in the US at Irving Plaza on March 21, 2019, in New York City. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/5) at 10 AM Eastern with an Invisible Oranges presale starting Thursday (10/4) at 10 AM Eastern. More dates seem likely since it’s expensive to travel to the US for an exclusive show. The band is still supporting 2017s widely acclaimed album The Assassination of Julus Ceaser (House Of Mythology). They also released a surprise EP and headlined Roadburn Festival 2017. Ghost Cult has long been Ulver champions through their many eras: kvlt black metal, blackened death metal, progressive rock, post-punk, post-rock, and more. We can’t wait to see what the future holds with new music in 2019.  Continue reading

Infera Bruo Signs With Prosthetic Records, New Album Due This Fall

Cult black metallers and low-key supergroup Infera Bruo have signed a new deal with Prosthetic Records, and will release a new album this fall. Cerement will be available on all digital outlets, compact disc and black and grey smoke vinyl on September 7th. Featuring members of Trap Them, Cul de Sac, and Pillory, the band has also dropped a new single, ‘Shroud Enigma’, which you can hear below. Continue reading

Mutilation Rites Share Behind The Scenes Video, New Album Due Next Month

Blackended Death metallers Mutilation Rites are releasing their long-awaited new album in July, Chasm, via Gilead Media. The album drops July 20th, but the band have teamed up with Revolver to give fans an exclusive behind the scenes experience. Recorded in the bands hometown of New York City, the video is a candid look at the band and their creative process. Continue reading

Watch Metallica Cover A Celtic Frost Classic Live In Geneva

Every night on their Worldwired Tour, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo take solos, and then jam together, usually to play a cover specific to the town they are playing. Last night in Geneva, Switzerland, they played Celtic Frosts kvlt classic ‘Procreation Of The Wicked’, in tribute to Martin Ain, who passed away last fall at age 50. Watch this snippet fo the performance, posted by Ian Christie (Sirius XM/Bazillion Points Publishing). Continue reading

The Decibel Tour Live At Irving Plaza

Much like the magazine that spawned this annual trek of the best in metal, The Decibel Tour has officially become an institution for our scene. I look forward to the announcement every year, it’s a given the lineup will rule. This year was stacked as one of the best with Enslaved, Wolves In The Throne Room, Myrkur, and Khemmis. Continue reading