ALBUM REVIEW: Necrot – Mortal – Tankcrimes

What’s the best strategy when it comes time to record a follow-up to a critically acclaimed album like 2017’s Blood Offerings? Well, for Necrot it seems as simple as following the course. Yes, that approach on paper does come across a little reductionist and it may imply that Mortal (Tankcrimes) is merely a rehash. But while Necrot may not be reimagining the genre on Mortal they are serving up some of the most satisfying Death Metal today. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Black Crown Initiate – Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape – Century Media

After a four year absence (a handful of single releases aside), Pennsylvania-based Black Crown Initiate return with their third full-length release, Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media). From black metal to progressive rock via blasts of technical death metal, BCI effortlessly combine a whole range of differing styles resulting in their most captivating and assured record to date.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Solemn Vision – “A Perch For Demons“

Ghost Cult is excited to team up with New York City’s Solemn Vision for the drop of their debut music video ever! ‘A Perch for Demon’ is a crushing track and the video matches the power and drama with a combination of a narrative story and band performance. Directed by Tom Flynn (Lamb of God, Body Count, All That Remains, Covet) and stars actress, dancer, and musician Purple. The band has also announced the instrumental release of their self-titled 2019 album, as a pay what you want album via Bandcamp, next Friday, May 15th. Check out the clip right now! 

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Steffen Kummerer’s Obscura Parts Ways the Rest of his Band Members

Seems like we’ve seen this movie before. Tech death masters Obscura and its leader Steffen Kummerer has parted ways with guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer and drummer Sebastian Lanser due to “musical differences”. The departing members will launch a new band Obsidious. Kummerer made the announcement on social media. Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Vader – Abysmal Dawn – Hideous Divinity – Vitriol: Live at The Warsaw

Love was not in the air on this Valentine’s Day. Nope. Instead, it was psychotic screams, blastbeats, shred guitar and a lot of headbanging, beer, and B.O. We assembled on a bitterly cold night in February to a fitting place. The Warsaw is the Home for Polish American’s in Brooklyn, set to welcome the 30-year and counting extreme metal legends, also from Poland, Vader. Vader is preparing a brand new album and recently released a new single, the brutal ‘Shock and Awe’ so lots of good fun was on tap. The Warsaw has actually become one of the better venues in Brooklyn with great beer, awesome bartenders, great event staff, Polish food (pierogies and more) and great sound and lights. We love coming here! The freezing cold night was no match for the sold-out show and a bunch of Brooklyn rowdy metal heshers and hesherettes. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: FROGG – “A Reptilian Dystopia”

Technical Death rising star known as FROGG will drop their new EP, A Reptilian Dystopia, this Friday, January 17th, 2020. Based in the Northeast, the group draws influences Obscura, Arsis, and Born of Osiris amongst others. Masterminded by Sky Moon Clark, after creating the EP with a plethora of guest musicians, Sky is looking to fill out personal for upcoming live performances around New York City. Jam out to A Reptilian Dystopia right now! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 69: Kyle Rasmussen of Vitriol

Ghost Cult interview Guitarist and Vocalist Kyle Rasmussen of Death Metal band Vitriol to discuss their 2019 album To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media Records). The band had a huge year which included touring the world and made scores of new fans. Kyle gave us the lowdown on the band and we enjoyed our lively chat with him! We’re looking forward to seeing the band even more in 2020 as they are slated to tour first with Vader, Abysmal Dawn, and Hideous Divinity in the USA, followed soon after by a run of dates with Krisun and Gruesome in Europe. Check it out! Continue reading

Ashen Wings Shares New Single – “Infertility”, Debut Album Due in 2020

Multi-national Blackened Death Metal band Ashen Wings has returned with a new single! ‘Infertility’ is the first track from the bands’ long in the works début full-length album, Of Plagues and Ash, officially confirmed by the band as releasing in 2020. The band originally arrived on the scene in Boston in 2014 with a series of releases, including their Echoes of Carnage EP which is worth looking up. We’ll be following their progress toward the new album soon. Jam out to ‘Infertility’ now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas

The Extreme/Grindcore/Death Metal act, Cattle Decapitation has been pleasantly surprising modern metal listeners for nearly a decade. Since their record, The Harvest Floor (Metal Blade Records) in 2009, this quintet from San Diego has been pushing barriers in several different metal genres. Their relentless resilience and unabashed creativity throughout the years has been unexpected and still surprises fans today. The band is getting ready to release their eighth studio album, Death Atlas (Metal Blade Records) and the genius that is Cattle Decap is once again pushing the norm.  Continue reading

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