York, PA’s purveyors 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), whose initial creative vision was to expand upon the sounds and aesthetics of Winter, Hellhammer & Celtic Frost.
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. Downtuned guitars and war drums deliver a mid-paced 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!
The album was recorded at The Golden Castle in 2018, and the outlandish cover art was 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 5 digitally and on CD through Eleventh Key. A split single 7″ and cassette with Funeral Bastard will be unleashed at some point in 2019.