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kryptum
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:06 pm 
 

Hi there

So, one of the bands I love to listen nowadays is Cultes des Ghoules, from Poland. They have a unique, actually suffocating atmosphere to their songs which I had never heard before (even tho I have not always been a fan of black metal). What fascinates me the most about this band is that it does not only have that evil, "satanic" imagery so common to BM bands, it actually SOUNDS evil and satanic. Now I'm aware of the existence of bands such as Marduk and Mayhem (the "big ones"), but this is not really what I'm looking for, I'm looking for bands which sound similiar to Cultes des Ghoules, or, who knows, to Gnaw Their Tongues (which I also like a lot, tho it's a solo project, not a real band, and has little to no vocals, what I think is one of the things that makes Cultes de Ghoules unique- the vocalist is superb).

Bands which make mostly lo-fi productions are okay, but it'd obviously be much better if the band made some high quality material
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:44 pm 
 

Then you should try the rec central forum. It's right under the one you posted this in.

Edit: Ohhh I see you've already posted there in unrelatedly, which begs the question why the fuck did you put this here?
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kryptum
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:48 pm 
 

Ok, I ask some moderator to move the topic
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TheCryptologist
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:32 am 
 

I recommend a band called Evoken. They're a funeral doom band with some darker black metal influences.

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AcidWorm
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:25 pm 
 

Even though these bands don't sound too much like Cultes des Ghoules, they tend to have a very suffocating atmosphere that can be quite 'scary'. Death/black and perhaps doom is the best way of labeling them I feel.

Aevangelist's first album is one of the best examples.
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Malthusian's demo is another favorite of mine in this style.
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Also check out Grave Upheaval, Antediluvian, and Abyssal. The similar artists tab on these bands have some more worth checking out as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:16 pm 
 

I would recommend "tentacles of whorror" by Leviathan. I just feel like it's the most twisted evil black album there is. It's a mindfuck

I would also recommend "Ligfærd" by Nortt. It takes the prize as the most morose funeral doom I've heard. Pretty much sucks the life out of your soul

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ClicheUsername
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:51 am 
 

Check out the Svartsyn/Arckanum split, it has some of my favorite songs by both of the bands, but i think the Svartsyn side would be closer to what you're looking for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c_dkqdhcA0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9pe9NqjF0I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S28Gqn2nPA

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kryptum
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:50 am 
 

Hi, thanks for the recommendations so far, some great bands mentioned (Nortt, Abyssal, which I already knew). Unfortunately, none of them sound really like Cultes des Ghoules, with the possible exception of Leviathan (magnificent project, I love their "The Tenth Sublevel of Suicide" demo).

I will quote a reviewer of an album by Cultes des Ghoules, their last one, so that maybe someone will understand what kind of band I'm looking for:

"The atmosphere on Henbane can quite well be summarised as that. Not soaring, not majestic, simply downright scary; the soundtrack to being cast into a pit of unseen, shadowy demons, all of them ready to tear you limb from limb. Henbane delivers terror and malice, and captures it very well indeed, with the sheer murkiness and filth-encrusted production really burying the listener in a claustrophobic grave."

The reviewer said it better that I could ever do- I love doom, funeral doom, I love that feeling of total hopelessness doom evokes. But funeral doom metal lacks some elements that could make it actually scary and disturbing. It's more melodic and beautiful than suffocating. Cultes des Ghoules' singer actually sings like he's possessed by the devil. The vocals, his vocals, play a significant role in the music of the band, it's not like that distant vocals we find in funeral doom metal. It's a bit theatrical too, you feel like your lost in a nightmarish vision or something. The music also has some other elements which prevent it from becoming stale or tiresome at times (collages, samples (!!!!), desperate screams, changes in vocal style, acoustic passages, etc).

I don't know it's clear what I am looking for here, but, all in all, as far as I can see, Cultes des Ghoules actually makes a kind of black metal which is so well thought out that it might be very hard to emulate.

Just let me know if you know a band which sounds really similar to this nightmarish work of art, because in case there is such a band, I'm eager to know them:

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Cu ... nia/312211
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:45 pm 
 

For bands that sound like Cultes des Ghoules I can think of a few that remind me of them to varying extents:

Negative Plane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl_BEfO2R68 Really nail the genuinely creepy, occult vibe that Cultes des Ghoules has, but not as deranged a vocalist I'm afraid.

Dark Tribe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4GvGFDFVNI this band's more crazy in an 'about to have a panic attack' sort of way. The vocalist sounds totally deranged which is a major plus, not as versatile as the Cultes des Ghoules vocalist but sounds completely insane nonetheless.

Doombringer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuO6fWHkzL4 shares band members with Cultes des Ghoules and you can totally hear the crossover in sound.

Swallowed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3SlnJdnZUA most crazy vocalist I've heard aside from the Cultes des Ghoules guy. This album's nuts. What happens when death/doom and Teitanblood have a baby.

Teitanblood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC54N8J ... EF2CEEFF45 not that similar sounding if I'm totally honest but I thought I'd throw them in just in case you aren't familiar. Their debut is pretty widely lauded as being one of the few truly evil sounding albums that have come out in the last few years.

Bestia Arcana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8juapgwNvbc listening to it again I'm actually getting a few Gnaw Their Tongues vibes from this. Not very much like Cultes des Ghoules in sound, but definitely hits the spot for the atmosphere you're after.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:02 am 
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI6fz8pi6dg

Always found this album quite hallucinatory
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Idolsofchagrin
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:27 pm 
 

I don't know how much they are like Cultes De Ghoules but Demoncy has a pretty fucking scary atmosphere on their album "Joined In Darkness":

Impure Blessings: http://youtu.be/WgJ34E51iYc

Joined in Darkness: http://youtu.be/Pb21MP40sds

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Faunne
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:15 pm 
 

"suffocating atmosphere"
"SOUNDS evil"

Not really the vein of Cultes De Ghoules, but definitely claustrophobic and thick. I'd say:

Vassafor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USUzc86deeg

Nuclearhammer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zGKvyPdqJ8

Teitanblood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzgKvRp5yso

Adversarial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmMVEbO-668

Wrathprayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U52-5QL-o8o

Malthusian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0miw_zYniIw

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shouvince
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:09 am 
 

Gypaetus wrote:
Doombringer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuO6fWHkzL4 shares band members with Cultes des Ghoules and you can totally hear the crossover in sound.

Swallowed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3SlnJdnZUA most crazy vocalist I've heard aside from the Cultes des Ghoules guy. This album's nuts. What happens when death/doom and Teitanblood have a baby.


Ha, I came here to recommend these two bands, especially Doombringer. The Grand Sabbath is a really cool album.

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doomster999
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:56 am 
 

The Shadow Over Atlantis by The Wounded Kings is one dreadful slab of apocalyptic doom metal.

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Absymal Grief. Eerie synth-driven horror themed doom.

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Blood Farmers. Horror/B-movie inspired traditional doom with psychedelic leanings.

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Hooded Menace. More of the same but in a death/doom landscape.

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The followings are more blackened flavoured.

Dolorian.

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The Ruins of Beverast.

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Unholy. Overlooked mysticism.

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Barathrum.

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Faustcoven.

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pbarb
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:53 pm 
 

Perhaps the band Spektr may have what your looking for. I tried listening to them in my never ending quest to find anything that sounds like Blut Aus Nord's scarier works (i.e. MoRT) but they were not the same. Still, I recall the music being quite a scary mix of ambient/black metal/industrial. I may even go back and try them again now that I'm thinking of it

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:19 pm 
 

Hivelords

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Hiv ... 3540344340

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trieffiewiles
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:02 pm 
 

When I first heard Cultes Des Ghoules, I grew immediately excited by their sound, for me an intensified version of some of the very cultish albums in the earlier 'underground' of bands doing their own thing, before rigid genre elitism became so prevalent. For me early Opera IX, was one of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nl1USe4rAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXcwAM-Gd_k

Personally, most of the contemporary metal stuff I like overwhelmingly favors the raw and lo-fi. Though Ash Pool are fairly uneven, their strong shit is incredibly strong in my opinion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r18wkUoav_Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSk8S7ETBKo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0C3nzqgTkY

As Cultes Des Ghoules seem intent upon doing their own thing regardless of genre strictures, so do many others who specialize in perhaps not exactly similar sounding, but similarly atmospheric work, also wander in many different stretches of territory. Dead Raven Choir are alright.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vdRTQo39YE

Note, none of their releases sound a damn thing alike but the album Resignaatio by the band Jumalhamara is pretty intense in my opinion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIASMitqbkg

Surprised to find this on Youtube. CYT, with their minuscule number of releases did everything Deathspell Omega awkwardly attempted, yet in a more intriguing way. Just my opinion though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqLye_6CTV8

I believe I posted these guys in another, unrelated thread, but Woes were atmospheric and gnarly as hell. Its too bad they're history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL0JAqPE3QE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r6-OhtHSU8

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:33 pm 
 

Might've heard these ones already but I'm a big fan of them.

Coffinworm, Grave Miasma, Dodheimsgard, Portal, Mitochondrion

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wrathchild_88
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:20 am 
 

Abyssal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65HwfU6pyIk
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Gorz
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:40 pm 
 

Seconding Faustcoven and Vassafor's Obsidian Codex.

Faustcoven:
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Also Ill Omen:
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and the most similar sound to CDG you can find: (awesome black metal from italy).
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