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

ALBUM REVIEW: Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites

When bands replace key members of personnel, it can take some time for the new line-up to settle. First albums back can be cagey affairs as confidence and momentum are often exchanged for uncertainty and caution. However, what becomes clear almost immediately with Vile Nilotic Rites (Nuclear Blast Records), the latest offering from US Death Metallers and aficionados of ancient Egypt, Nile, is that no such problems exist here. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Messora – “The Door”

Ghost Cult is stoked to partner up with Messora, of guitarist/vocalist and metal visionary, Zach Dean. Releasing this Friday, October 4th, we are streaming the full album of The Door before you can buy it! The music is technical, brutal, thoughtful, and emotional; taking the listener on a singular journey to the recesses of your mind. A concept album, The Door is inspired by countless bad drug trips, and is meant to read like one, where entering ‘The Door’ is dropping and being washed up by ‘The Tide’ is coming down”. This is music for your ears and soul, so purchase and stream the album at the links below. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Vitriol – To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice

Yeah, this sounds fucked upcoming from me the advocate of all things Death Metal, loud and slamming drums, but young extreme bands need to learn when to hold them and when to fold them. There are many moments of technical brilliance – leads and solos in particular – to be found in Vitriol’s To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media Records), but they tend to get lost in a monochromatic cement sea. Continue reading

PODCAST: EPISODE 43: Andrew Mikhail of Serpents Talks “Temet Nosce”

One of the most underrated extreme metal albums of 2019 is Serpents’ (US) release Temet Nosce. The brainchild of Andrew Mikhail (ex-Oceano), the guitarist, vocalist and composer has taken the solo Blackened Death Metal influenced, auteur-driven work of his previous albums into a fully fleshed-out band. We caught up with Andrew to discuss the genesis of the project, his approach to composing and producing, philosophy and other influences on the band, prospects of the band touring, the Spooky Empire Horror and Tattoo convention, and much more!

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