Wednesday, September 19, 2018

XLP Review: "Sinister" by Cultes Des Ghoules

It's easy to hold a band's previous success against them because it's hard to look at something in a vacuum.

Take the Polish Avant Garde Black Metal group, Cultes Des Ghoules. Last year, they dropped, probably the best black metal concept record based on a play. Seriously, that's one of the best albums of 2017 period.

Now, that record checked off all of my boxes, which is makes Sinister so difficult for me, as it's certainly not a Coven Part Deux.

It's pretty far away from that album in fact. It would be unrealistic to expect a sequel, but what do we have on their fourth release?

Like I inferred from the cover, Sinister feels like an extended black magic ceremony. First the circle is drawn. Then the incantation is given. Then the demon begins to push through the barrier that separates the ethereal planes from our world.

After the muck freely flows onto the floor and the desolate one has been restored to the physical realms, you can't un-ring the bell.

Cultes Des Ghoules has maintained a similar sound and its greasy swagger sounds ever so delicious intertwining in this dirty magic.

Release: 9/23/18 (Vinyl on 10/31) FACEBOOK BANDCAMP

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. Will check these guys out. Thanks. I have an odd fascination with various black metal ensembles, so not opposed to hearing about this!