York, PA’s trio of swords & sorcery CULTIC was started in 2016 by husband and wife – Brian and Rebecca Magar (both also play in the dark ambient/tribal band The Owls A.N.W.T.S). The primitive doom/death unit is bringing the debut album, High Command, slated for release this April 05th on CD format via ELEVENTH KEY.
As the first preview of the album, the power trio premieres the video of the fifth track “Forest of Knives” viaDecibel Magazine.
“Our forthcoming album High Command is an allegorical concept album set in a world rife with conflict, unchained power and deceit,” informs Cultic, adding, “The song ‘Forest of Knives’ tells an archetypal tale of betrayal in the aftermath of war. This narrative can be seen throughout the video.”
Through the process of producing their debut album “High Command,” Cultic forged their own brand of fantasy-based, battle-death/doom/punk-metal crossover. “High Command” is a conceptual album telling an archetypal story of rival powers – strength, will and dominance are recurring themes throughout.
Cultic blazes a path through the battlefield by combining ideas and aesthetics of early death/doom, first wave black metal, and punk. Down tuned guitars and war drums deliver a mid-placed battery propelled by sardonic wrath and ungoverned fury. High Command is the auditory equivalent of a war hammer. It’s straightforward, lumbering, and crude. This is music for modern barbarians, urban wizards and street metal warriors. Ride to war!!!!
Recorded at The Golden Castle 2018. The outlandish cover art painted by the drummer Rebecca Magar (Wailing Wizard Art). Every song on the album is represented in the album art.
“High Command” will be out on April 05th digitally and on CD through ELEVENTH KEY. A pre-release show will take place on March 01st at JB Lovedraft’s MicroPub, Harrisburg, PA.
A split single 7-inch & cassette with Funeral Bastard will be unleashed at some point in 2019.
Rebecca Magar (Drums)
Brian Magar (Vocals, Guitar)
Reese Harlacker (Bass)
Guest Vocals by Jason Robison (Wrath of Typhon)