This week we’re going to get “grim” and “kvlt” with two bands that embrace the black metal of old. Thou Art Lord hail from Greece and are founded by Hellenic Black Metal masterminds Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and Magus Wampyr Daoloth (Necromantia). Both dudes have an impressive resume and add The Regal Pulse Of Lucifer to the list. Cultes Des Ghoules are from Poland and have released their necro sophomore album Henbane.
The Regal Pulse Of Lucifer
Do you miss the old Rotting Christ sound? Look no further. Thou Art Lord are a throwback to the best days of the Greek black metal scene by two guys who helped to define it 20 years ago. Rotting Christ and Necromantia have strayed from the more formulaic black metal stylings, but their members still have it in them.
There’s plenty of Rotting Christ riffing here by way of melody and those familiar pinch harmonics. Eerie synths are present on here, which give a nod to the old ways as well.
Opener “Nine Steps To Hell” lets you know what you’re in for right from the start. The production is raw, yet polished in a sense, capturing the perfect atmosphere this type of music creates. “Justicia Profana” sounds like a lost studio track from Non Serviam and Sakis lends his signature vocals to tape as a backup to lead vocalist Gothmog. The Regal Pulse Of Lucifer reeks of the famed Hellenic style and is a must-buy for fans of the genre.
Cultes Des Ghoules released the…cult…classic Haxan in 2008. The album was dirty, raw, and downright fucking creepy. Five years later, the band is back with the highly anticipated Henbane and it doesn’t disappoint. The album is a little brighter as far as the mix goes, but it is still as vitriolic and filthy as ever.
The band focuses heavily on midtempo drumming and pummeling rhythmic riffs. While Haxan utilized more tremelo picking to manifest the dreary atmosphere, Henbane goes for the jugular as far as pure RIFFing goes.
“The Passion Of A Sorceress” opens with a riff that won’t leave your head for at least three days. “Vintage Black Magic” is the most interesting song here for all of the weird atmospheric parts and the maniacal laughing. This song seems to be the most essential part of continuing the haunting legacy of the debut album.
I’d like to write more about Henbane, but there’s only so many ways you can say that riffs are fucking awesome. Every song is full of them. Just stop reading and check it out for yourself!
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