ALBUM REVIEW: Strigoi – Viscera


 

In 2010 following the death of his father, Paradise Lost’s founding guitar player and principle songwriter Gregor Mackintosh formed Vallenfyre with Hamish Glencross (ex-My Dying Bride). The aim was to provide an outlet for his grief by recording the heavier black / death metal-influenced music he had been writing, with Gregor also on vocal duties, a role he had never performed in Paradise Lost. In 2018 after three albums Gregor announced the project had come to a close, but from the ashes rose Strigoi, formed with Vallenfyre bassist Chris Casket (Devilment, ex Extreme Noise Terror), which would continue in a similar vein with 2019’s debut album Abandon All Faith.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Heilung – Live at Kings Theatre


The Palladium, Worcester, MA 9/8/2022

 

Sometimes your mind is clouded by your own thoughts, and you just need to get yourself saged, and howl throughout the night. I’m seeing Heilung on the 19th anniversary of my mother’s passing. I definitely felt some kind of way that day. If you’re still not familiar with Heilung by this point in time, the short answer is, they are an earthly ritual based performance.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Gaerea – Mirage


 

Yes, I think I’ve figured it out. What’s that? Well, I’m listening to Gaerea’s Mirage (Season of Mist) and for whatever reason, my brain keeps bringing up modern-day Lorna Shore. How does that make any sense, you ask? The former is clearly a black metal outfit, while the latter traffics in the death metal – deathcore, whatever – side of things. Sure, but as stylistically distinct as they are, boy do both bands enjoy being self-indulgent.

How so?

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hierophant – Death Siege


Blending together subgenres of metal to further push the boundaries of heavy music is not an uncommon practice these days. Hierophant, while starting off as mostly a blackened sludge metal group, is more recently focused on mixing the extremes of black metal and death metal. Their fifth release, Death Siege (Season of Mist), continues this signature for the Italian foursome.

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GIVEAWAY: Enter To Win Tickets to See Heilung on Their Current Tour


Heiling just released their new album Drif via Season of Mist, and are kicking off their North American Tour this weekend! Ghost Cult has teamed up with the band and their label to giveaway tickets to the nearly sold-out tour! US and Canada residents only. Dates with tickets up for grabs include Montreal (already awarded), Detroit (this weekend!) Chicago (next week), Portland, and Dallas. Details to win here:

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ALBUM REVIEW: Crippled Black Pheonix – Benefyre


 

Banefyre (Season of Mist) is the twelfth album from Crippled Black Phoenix, the category-defying collective centred around Justin Greaves, a former doom metal drummer (for bands such as Electric Wizard and Iron Monkey) turned multi-instrumentalist songwriter. The current studio lineup of the band has Greaves joined by longstanding vocalist Belinda Kordic, plus more recent recruits Helen Stanley (keys, synths, trumpet), Andy Taylor (guitars), and new second vocalist and third guitarist Joel Segerstedt.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Heilung on Their New Tour – Kicking Off This Week


Heiling just released their new album Drif via Season of Mist, and are kicking off their North American Tour this weekend! Ghost Cult has teamed up with the band and their label to giveaway tickets to the nearly sold-out tour! US and Canada residents only. Dates with tickets up for grabs include Montreal, Detroit, Chicago, Portland, and Dallas. Details to win here:

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Heilung Shares a New Single – “Tenet”


World-music collective Heilung unveils a new single for the track “Tenet.” The track seems inspired by the Christopher Nolan movie and comes from their new album Drif, coming soon on August 19th, 2022 via Season of Mist. Pre-orders are available now at the links below. Purchase, stream, pre-save, and watch the video for “Asja” now!

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