Cultes Des Ghoules – Sinister, Or Treading The Darker Paths CD
Cultes Des Ghoules – 'Sinister, Or Treading The Darker Paths' CD
The rambling tendrils of hensbane envelop once again with the darkest of spellcastings from the Polish coven of ghouls. This new 2018 album is yet another ceremonial mass of morbid and intriguing Black Metal, grim, sinister darkness and witchcraft!
But by now, CULTES DES GHOULES should need no introduction. For the past decade and a half, this mysterious Polish entity has patiently crafted one of the most singular sounds in the black metal underground. Wholly reverential to the genre's ancient past whilst forging alien terrain all their own, simply, there's no other band around that sounds like CULTES DES GHOULES. All records roam the wildest hinterlands of the black metal imagination, and are generally held in both fear and awe by the many who've witnessed them. Each sounds unmistakably like CULTES DES GHOULES, yet each inhabits its own unique headspace. As expected in its unexpectaton, "Sinister" follows this (bent) trajectory seeing the coven dive headlong into the spacier crevasses of theirinscrutable, always idiosyncratic sound. Like the blackest of magick, willed into being through both inmutable will and unselfconscious abandon, "Sinister" opens up - WIDELY - and again stretches sulfur and brimstone to their breaking point, with four of the five tracks topping ten minutes (or more) in length. Within, largely tribal/ritualistic drumming guides this "Sinister" spelunk into supernatural horrors yet witnessed; loose and lawless but always with torch in hand, the collective canvass teeth-gnashing gnarliness and haunting, stripped-back tension alike. It's not "weird" black metal because it tries to be - it just IS, like always. This is the first Polish pressing of the CD. Highly recommended!