ALBUM REVIEW: Vulvodynia – Praenuntius Infiniti


There is a powerful being that has arrived with one goal in mind: wreak havoc over everyone and everything until existence itself is all but wiped out. But it’s not a pandemic, it’s Praenuntius. The South-African six-piece Vulvodynia is responsible for this entity, and they’ve told its story via Praenuntius Infiniti (Unique Leader Records) in the form of crushing Deathcore and downright nightmarish lyrics.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Rivers Of Nihil – The Work


It’s been three years since progressive, technical death metal act Rivers of Nihil released the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records). Three long years which have seen a global pandemic almost bring the entertainment industry to its knees. However, having already set 2020 aside to concentrate on writing, the Coronavirus outbreak only made minor dents in the Pennsylvanians plans and conceptual album The Work (Metal Blade) is the exhilarating and wonderfully confounding result.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Grimmreaper – “The Tragedy of Being”


Progressive Metal band Grimmreaper releases their debut album this week, The Tragedy of Being, releasing officially on March 30th, 2021. Conceived by band mastermind Logan Grimm the composition and recording of the album took place over two years time, while Grimm birthed his creation from an evolving, multi-faceted backstory for a multimedia project that explores the very human realities of tragedy and suffering, and the choices they present, from nihilism and resentment to transcendence and courage. Bringing together both the complex works of the most masterful bands in the genre, while maintaining the fun factor of the best modern rock and metal bands, Grimmreaper has created an album that has staying power on repeat listens. Purchase and stream the album here at Ghost Cult today!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Baest – Necro Sapiens


Death Metal is in rude health. It is a status that has been brewing and broiling over the last ten years, with pushes and spurts in pocketed sub-sub genres, until now the whole scene, and its multitude of variants and mutations and off-shoots, feels like it is not just doing alright, but burgeoning with a lush virility unseen since it’s fomentation some thirty years ago.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Eximperitus – Šahrartu


The peculiarity of Technical Death Metal is the capability of exploring itself, yet creativity begins to fade when there’s a vast repertoire of bands of this kind, which have made history on the underground’s music scene. Certain musical groups stick to follow a simple and uncomplicated path, keeping a comparable sound with many other bands that continue to perform in this genre. Let us consider the huge waves of Technical Death Metal in the eighties and in the nineties and how it reinvented itself to the present day. Bands such as Suffocation and Gorguts trace Technical Death Metal’s status as a whole, releasing records and records without losing its own legendary position, carrying bloody and filthy anthems for dozens of years. Continue reading


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