'Sinister, Or Treading The Darker Paths' Double LP
All copies are pressed on black vinyl. Comes in a gatefold cover.
For the past decade and a half, this mysterious Polish entity has patiently crafted one of the most singular sounds in the black metal underground. Wholly reverential to the genre's ancient past whilst forging alien terrain all their own, simply, there's no other band around that sounds like CULTES DES GHOULES.
Like the blackest of magick, willed into being through both inmutable will and unselfconscious abandon, Sinister opens up - WIDELY - and again stretches sulfur and brimstone to their breaking point, with four of the five tracks topping ten minutes (or more) in length. Within, largely tribal/ritualistic drumming guides this Sinister spelunk into supernatural horrors yet witnessed; loose and lawless but always with torch in hand, the collective canvass teeth-gnashing gnarliness and haunting, stripped-back tension alike. It's not "weird" black metal because it tries to be - it just IS, like always.
Saying more with less, Sinister is truly titled. CULTES DES GHOULES are legend.