Ghost Cult’s Albums of the Year 2023: Part 2 (40-21)

After such a fine introduction to the albums that have soundtracked our 2023 (Part 1 – 75-41), we now get into the belly of the beast and plunge on through the never, a testament to the diversity and abundance of alternative and heavy music that availed and impressed us this year.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Helfró – Tálgröf

The emergence of bands like Misþyrming, Svartidauði, Naðra, and Almyrkvi have helped build the foundation of the Icelandic extreme metal scene to come into existence. Aside from the said bands I mentioned, now here we have Helfró as a part of the rising forces of the Icelandic extreme metal scene as well, being the formidable force in the world of Blackened Death Metal that they are.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dyssebeia – Garden Of Stillborn Idols


Talk about making a strong first impression! Swiss Progressive blackened Death Metal newcomers Dyssebeia’s debut, Garden Of Stillborn Idols (Transcending Obscurity Records), is a cornucopia of undeniably brilliant songwriting and delicate execution.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Underdark – Managed Decline


With their second full-length record Managed Decline (Church Road Records), Underdark really have pushed the boundaries of the broader post-Black Metal sound by incorporating many different styles and influences, while also lyrically creating somewhat of a concept album that champions the working class in much the same way as Ashenspire’s 2022 album, Hostile Architecture.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hinayana – Shatter and Fall


From the great state of Texas emerges one of the most interesting and promising new Melodic Death Metal acts in the U.S. Hinayana has received high praise for their latest EP which is claimed to be unique and visionary. Now this southern quintet is getting ready to release their sophomore album, Shatter and Fall (Napalm Records) and everyone is curious to see if this budding band continues to blossom. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Mosaic Window – Plight of Acceptance


Listening to The Mosaic Window’s Plight of Acceptance (Willowtip Records) I can’t help but think of a particular scene from The Crow. Yeah, the one film that depends on how you feel about Dark City may be Alex Proyas’ sole seminal work. Our antagonist Top Dollar laments that the thrill of Devil’s Night is gone and proclaims, “The problem is, it’s all been done before…” and why that’s the best reason to quit.

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EP REVIEW: The Amenta – Plague of Locus


When a new review arrives in my inbox, I often listen to the music first before reading any release info from the band. I like to let the music do the talking before I check out any info from the PR agent. It wasn’t until I read the release info did I come to notice that The Amentia’s latest release Plague of Locus (Debemur Morti) contains a bunch of cover songs. Clearly, The Amentia were able to take a few tracks from bands that inspired them and to transform them into songs of their own.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sepulchral Curse – Abhorrent Dimensions


A mere two full-lengths in, Finnish Death Metal outfit Sepulchral Curse sound and feel right at home with what they’re out to accomplish and Abhorrent Dimensions (Transcending Obscurity) digs deep into the annals of grotesquery and emerges as a festering titan of slop.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mercyful Fate – Melissa (Remastered)


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mercyful Fate’s debut album, Metal Blade Records is re-releasing the re-mastered version of Melissa. Remastered albums often feel like a record label trying to sell you the same album twice. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 355 – Tom Osman Interviews A.A. Nemtheanga of Primordial


Ghost Cult scribe Tom Osman caught up with long-running Irish-based Pagan Black Metal group Primoridial! They new album “How It Ends” just released via Metal Blade Records and Tom and A.A. uncovered a lot of the back story of the album, the legacy of the band, and more! Continue reading