ALBUM REVIEW: Unleash The Archers – Abyss

Continuing with the concept of Apex (Napalm Records), Canadian power metal quartet Unleash The Archers return with their fifth full-length album, Abyss (Napalm), a direct sequel to its 2017 predecessor. Continue reading

Fleshgod Apocalypse Books North American Tour with The Agonist

Fleshgod Apocalypse, by Julia Sariy Photography

Symphonic Death Metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse has booked a full US tour for 2020, with direct support from The Agonist. Unique to this tour, Fleshgod will be joined by a classical string quartet to bring their album sound into the live setting even more than ever! The band released their new album Venelo this year via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the dates below. The tour begins in Dallas, TX on March 16th and culminates in Los Angeles on April 6th. Ticket sales are listed below. You can see a video interview we did with the band earlier this year when Francesco alludes to touring with the string quartet.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Atavistia -“Through the Hollow Raven’s Eyes” Lyric Video

Canadian Symphonic Death Metal band Atavistia released their excellent new single ‘Through the Hollow Raven’s Eyes’ today on all platforms. The band also shared a stunning lyric video for the track, which you can see here only at Ghost Cult! Watch it now and purchase and stream the track as well! The band is preparing their new, sophomore release, a full-length album for 2020. Catch Atavistia live on a brief Canadian tour later this month, all dates are below. Continue reading

Reviews Round-Up: ft. Uriah Heep, MaYaN, Once Human, DragonLord, And More

Mid-September officially sees the start of Crazy Season for album releases… But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here at Ghost Cult with our round-up of some of this weeks and last weeks albums that may just have escaped your attention, for better or for worse…

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Vivisepulture – Omen

New England’s symphonic death metal band Vivisepulture are about to drop their new full-length album, Omen this weekend. The band has partnered with Ghost Cult to bring you the full-album stream, gratis. The band has grown their profile the last few years opening for national acts, headlining locally, and recently just completed a short east coast tour with Ice Giant. If you dig extreme bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse, Shade Empire, and at times early Children Of Bodom, this is your band! Jam out Omen below and catch the band at their record release show in Boston, at The Middle East on March 18th. Continue reading

Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon

There is something to Death Metal that focuses on ancient gods and wars (especially when symphonic elements are mixed in) that really clicks in my head. This trend continues with the sophomore release from Netherlands own Bleeding Gods, entitled Dodekathlon (Nuclear Blast). Each song on the album does a good job of having its own memorable moments, even if the same sort of formula was being followed for the most part. Overall I really enjoyed the riffs that make up the tracks but when the solo kicks in with the symphony flying over, that is when Bleeding Gods really get the magic flowing. Continue reading

Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon

There is something to Death Metal that focuses on ancient gods and wars (especially when symphonic elements are mixed in) that really clicks in my head. This trend continues with the sophomore release from Netherlands own Bleeding Gods, entitled Dodekathlon (Nuclear Blast). Each song on the album does a good job of having its own memorable moments, even if the same sort of formula was being followed for the most part. Overall I really enjoyed the riffs that make up the tracks but when the solo kicks in with the symphony flying over, that is when Bleeding Gods really get the magic flowing. Continue reading

Audio: Fleshgod Apocalypse – The Fool

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Symphonic technical death metal leaders Fleshgod Apocalypse are releasing their new album, King, (Nuclear Blast) this winter. The band is streaming their new single, the first from King entitled ‘The Fool’. You can stream ‘The Fool’ at this link or below:

‘The Fool’ will be available for purchase on January 1st, along with pre-orders of King as well. The band has commented on the single:

“‘The Fool’ is one of the craziest songs of the album and we felt like it was a perfect way to let people approach our new work. It’s a song without compromises and because of the character it is about, we had the chance to get into a profound matter that concerns us all.”

 

Recorded at Kick Recording and 16th Cellar studios in Rome, King was mixed and mastered Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, At The Gates, Arch Enemy) at Fascination Street studio in Sweden. Artwork was created by acclaimed album artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Kataklysm, Hatebreed). The band has also booked a tour of North America for this winter.

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King tracklisting:
01. Marche Royale
02. In Aeternum
03. Healing Through War
04. The Fool
05. Cold As Perfection
06. Mitra
07. Paramour (Die Leidenschaft bringt Leiden)
08. And The Vulture Beholds
09. Gravity
10. A Million Deaths
11. Syphilis
12. King

Bonus Orchestral CD (digipak only):
01. Marche Royale
02. In Aeternum
03. Healing Through War
04. The Fool
05. Cold As Perfection
06. Mitra
07. And The Vulture Beholds
08. Gravity
09. A Million Deaths
10. Syphilis

Formats for King:
Digipak (incl. bonus orchestral CD)
CD

Digipak + TS bundle (various sizes)

Pre-order King now here:

 

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The Monolith Deathcult – Bloodcvlts EP

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The Monolith Deathcult make me despair for the state of modern Metal.  Not by the very fact of their existence, Steel Panther-style, but because they’re nowhere near as well-regarded as they should be. With Triumvirate (Twilight Vertrieb) and Tetragrammaton (Season of Mist) they’re responsible for two of the most distinctive, perfectly-formed and blackly comic Death Metal albums of the last decade. Both shocking and funny in a truly unique way, they blend brutal Death Metal, enormous grooves, dance music and Transformers samples into two albums that, in a just world, would be regarded as modern classics, which makes writing this review an unpleasant task, because Bloodcvlts (Season Of Mist), I’m truly sorry to say, is nowhere near that good.

Initially it appears that their sense of irreverence and lack of respect for tradition is right to the front with Bloodcvlts, an 8 track “EP” lasting over forty minutes, but it quickly becomes clear that the designation isn’t just two fingers to the conventions of the music business. Despite its length, Bloodcvlts is emphatically not a new TMDC album, and it proves itself disappointingly lacking in the things that would make that such an exciting prospect, including precisely that irreverence and humour.

There’s little significantly wrong with Bloodcvlts.  ‘I Conquistador’ is relatively weak, and the final two tracks are de-Metalled reworkings of previously released songs (and not terrible for it, though perhaps a little pointless), but the rest is perfectly entertaining symphonic/industrialised Death Metal with some catchy moments. Their knack for combining both groove and violence is still there, but divorced from the dark humour, bold experimentation and the sense of whole-album dramatics that make Triumvirate and Tetragrammaton so special, they count for considerably less than they used to.

Bloodcvlts, then, is a perfectly enjoyable release which is nevertheless resoundingly disappointing. It’s like going to Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant and being served steak and chips – there’s nothing wrong with it, but because you were expecting something distinctive and bold you can’t help but be disappointed.

 

6.0/10

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The Official Ghost Cult Writers Albums of the Year Top 50: 30-21

The countdown to the Official Ghost Cult Magazine Album of the Year for 2014 continues. Please consume and enjoy the results of our 2014 Writers’ Poll. We hope it will introduce you to some of the incredible works of art you may have missed that we have had the immense pleasure of listening to and writing about this year.

In our third installment we bring you albums 30 through to 21

 

Casualties_of_Cool-400x40030. CASUALTIES OF COOL – Casualties Of Cool (Pledge/HevyDevy)

“Casualties of Cool is an intriguing experiment from a man who excels in making left-field music. Go in expecting massive a prog-metal exercise will only lead to disappointment, but having an open mind will result in a rewarding experience” DAN SWINHOE 8/10 Full review here

 

 

 

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29. ANATHEMA – Distant Satellites (KScope)

“One of our world’s most understated bands, despite the plaudits they get, Anathema have once again showcased their knack for penning both forward thinking and emotionally driven music which oozes real human character and sentimentality”. CHRIS TIPPELL 9/10 Full review here

 

 

Down-IV-part-2-album-cover-400x40028. DOWN – IV (Part II) (Down Records)

“When we look back on this part of their career, we will likely understand that these are less like regular EPs that other bands release, and much more like a mini-opus, in pieces. Down clearly realizes their collective vision, no matter who is in the lineup, every time”. KEITH ‘KEEFY’ CHACHKES 9.5/10 Full review here

 

 

 

Vallenfyre-Splinters-400x40027. VALLENFYRE – Splinters (Century Media)

“Sadistic and aggressive with endless moments of bleak reflection Splinters is a leviathan unleashed upon unsuspecting listeners and a release surely destined to grace many year end lists” ROSS BAKER 9/10 Full review here

 

 

 

agalloch-album-cover-400x40026. AGALLOCH – “The Serpent and the Sphere” (Profound Lore)

Like a massive-antlered stag glimpsed amidst a wintry landscape, breathtaking, elusive and hard to pin down, The Serpent and the Sphere looks set to continue their elegant and ever-evolving legacy JAMES CONWAY 9/10 Full review here

 

 

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25. THOU – Heathen (Gilead Media)

“A storm manifest as a piece of music, as devastating as it is awe-inspiring, Heathen is varied and compelling for the entire runtime”. TOM SAUNDERS 9/10 Full review here

 

 

Cover_1500X1500_RGB-16bit-400x40024. septicflesh – Titan (Season of Mist)

“Sharp, buzzing riffs and symphonic keys, strength and brutality amongst moments of pomp and beauty, bloody entertaining and another show of form” PAUL QUINN 8.5/10 Full review here

 

 

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23. PYRRHON – The Mother of Virtues (Relapse)

The Mother Of Virtues doesn’t just challenge what is “extreme”, but calls into question whether some of what is produced is actually even music. Completely and utterly impenetrable, and exceptional with it”. STEVE TOVEY 9.5/10 Full review here

 

 

Eyehategod-album-cover-400x40022. EYEHATEGOD – EyeHateGod (Housecore/Century Media)

“Eyehategod continue to age like a good whiskey, seeming to improve as time goes by, but by no means losing their sting”. CHRIS TIPPELL 9/10 Full review here

 

 

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21. ALCEST – Shelter (Prophecy)

“Shedding the last vestiges of metal, let-alone any lingering black metal leanings, a captivating and stunning piece of music poured straight from the heart”. JAMES CONWAY 9/10 Full review here

 

 

Ghost Cult Magazine Albums of the Year: 50-41

Ghost Cult Magazine Albums of the Year: 40-31