Cultes Des Ghoules – Henbane (Hells Headbangers Records)

Noisiest Polish Massacre!!!!!
Release Date: 
16 Apr 2013 - 12:30pm

Nowadays, any important country in the world has its own version of bestial black metal and Poland has Cultes Des Ghoules.

After some cult releases and wandering through the underground spectrum, they finally docked with Hells Headbangers, bringing with them five long tracks of pure satanic sensation.

It’s hard to sit through the whole album because the songs are hard-to-get, never in a fancy way, but because it’s really brutal and noisome. Virgin ears to this kind of lethal metal will bleed, so take care!

The atmosphere is extremely dense, the guitar work is unconsciously heavy, mainly in the opener and epic of brutal black/death Idylls of the Chosen Damned with its almost 13 minutes of infernal lashings, incantations and noises. The initial riff is repetitive, nevertheless it’s awesome and well done; the track then breaks rapidly into a kinda Hell Awaits formula, only to explode in a faster sound a la Blasphemy’s Gods of War!!!!!! Everything is extremely messy to newcomers, but seasoned ears will easily perceive the change of tempos. That’s the deal. The song keeps changing and the extremely guttural vocals gives place to harsh voices and Mark of the Devil (the name of the mastermind behind Cultes Des Ghoules) likes to play with these variations. 

There are no known other musicians and although one can find a line-up on the internet, our hero Mark likes to keep things obscure, and we never know if this is a full band or a one-man-effort. If the latter is true, we are truely in front of an evil genius. 

The Passion of a Sorceress is even more obscure, and it’s when things start to get interesting and I want to make an observation here: it’s interesting because the eardrums start to get used to the filthy production of the opus and a better appreciation is gained. Anyway this song sounds more “mid-paced” if you compare it with the first track and it has some syncopated drums. 

Vintage Black Magic is like an obscure ritual and although it seems a commonplace, that’s  exactly the impression, that we have transcended into an obscure satanic mass. Everything is noisy yet the thick layer of filth seems to never abandon the album. The song keeps the snail pace until the end and now one is aware of the conscious decision of ol’ Mark to variation. 

Festival of Devotion follows suit, but when you think the sound is still the same, everything comes back to old frame and an implosion of black/death attack is imminent!!!! Fucking great!

The Devil Intimate epically closes the infernal opus, delivering more brutal death metal in the best Manticore/Blasphemy/Revenge/Blasphemophagher/Antediluvian/Proclamation way…Did you get the picture?

So get your copy ASAP because I’m doing the same, this is an item for collectors of extreme music. Don’t, I repeat, don’t listen to it if you’re new to extreme music.