Tales from Bandcamp: March of the Deathcult by Ceremonial Castings

Taking a page out of the book Dimmu Borgir wrote, Ceremonial Castings of Washington, USA, have crafted quite a nice take on the symphonic black metal sound.  Adding tons more melody and folk instrumentation make March of the Deathcult stand out in the sea of metal.  The music does border on being a bit cheesy at times, but for every time that happens another 10 awesome little sections more than make up for it.  I particularly enjoyed the Agalloch inspired section of “My Kingdom of Cold Sorrows” where vocalist Lord Serpent steps away from his assault of black metal screams and death metal growls for a John Haugm like chilling whisper as the music transitions into a harrowing acoustic section.

Thematically, the album revolves around songs about black magic, witchcraft, and all that stuff.  A bit cliché, but Ceremonial Casting pull it off quite well.  The songs are written and structured excellently and contain more than enough substance to make repeat listens more than enjoyable.  They label themselves ‘bewitching black metal’ and that feels like a pretty appropriate label.  If you’re looking for some music to sacrifice some goats to, do give March of the Deathcult a listen.  Also good to listen to if you just want to hear some quality metal.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Band Links: Facebook Bandcamp


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Posted on October 8, 2012, in Tales From Bandcamp & Full Album Streams and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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