SWAMPCULT (Netherlands) – The Festival (Lovecraftian Metal)

Dutch band Swampcult aren’t just inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, they’ve based an album entirely on his highly acclaimed story ‘The Festival’. Mixing black metal, doom metal, and death metal, they’ve formed a new style that defies easy categorization – to call it ‘Lovecraftian metal’ is perhaps the best way to describe the intriguing music. Each song is divided into chapters tracing the original ‘The Festival’ story, bringing it to life. The sounds of dread were never before so easily captured in this genre. The very vibe of H.P. Lovecraft’s story has been recreated using a mixture of various extreme sounds; from the strange murmurings in the village to the toll of bells, it’s all encapsulated perfectly in one album. To give it visual appeal, a special ‘story card’ is created for each chapter, each having its own artwork and writings, which is given out free with the purchase of any physical product. Swampcult, in addition to devoting an album entirely to H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Festival’ story, have written excellent, contemporary music that’s seamless, laden with surprises, and consistent. If there could be a genuine soundtrack for H.P. Lovecraft’s story, this is it. ‘The Festival’ is meant to be heard from start to finish, with at least the lyrics sheet in hand if not the book itself, and is recommended to all those who’re into things horror and extreme.

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DECIBEL MAGAZINE PREMIERE –decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/8/31/track-premiere-join-the-swampcult-for-lovecraft-worship

METAL SUCKS – www.metalsucks.net/2016/08/29/new-swampcult-track-slimy-lovecraftian-lovefest/

METAL INJECTION PREMIERE – www.metalinjection.net/av/new-music/get-down-with-sludge-metal-lovecraft-worship-from-swampcult

NO CLEAN SINGING PREMIERE –www.nocleansinging.com/2016/08/25/an-ncs-premiere-swampcult-chapter-iii-al-azif-necronomicon/

THE OBELISK PREMIERE –theobelisk.net/obelisk/2016/08/11/swampcult-the-festival-the-village-stream/

THE SLUDGELORD PREMIERE –thesludgelord.blogspot.in/2016/09/the-sludgelord-song-premiere-chapter-vi.html


– “somehow manages to aurally channel the dread and terror of its inspiration” – Decibel Magazine (US)


– “perfectly encapsulates both the creepiness and the repulsiveness of Lovecraftian horror” – Metal Sucks (US)


-“There’s something wonderfully unsettling about Swampcult” – Metal Injection (US)


– “one of the best and most authentic musical stabs at the Mythos” –Doom-Metal.com (Belgium) 8.5/10


– “Excellent occult ceremony!” – Deadly Storm (Czech Republic)


– “The most awesomely disgusting, putrid, dark, and straight up terrifying record” – Headbanger Reviews (US)


– “steeped in an aura of encroaching doom” – No Clean Singing (US)


– “well worth hunting down” – Ave Noctum (UK)


– “A real tribute to the great writer and a must have for all true lovers of mystical horror.” – Reckoning Hour (Greece)


– “recommended to all those who’re into things horror and extreme.” – We Love Metal (UK) Album of the Week!


– ” launched an ambitious concept album” – Dead Rhetoric (US)


– “you will be fully pleased by “The Festival” and the atmospheric, Lovecraftian horror story it tells.” – Voices from the Darkside (Germany)


– “indeed a must!” – Wings of Death (Netherlands)


– “Superb.” – The Killchain (UK)


– “you will be rather impressed” – Absolute Zero Media (US)


– “High praise for SWAMPCULT’s The Festival!” – Dire Notes (US)


– “captures both the narrative and the mood of Lovecraft‘s work” – The Obelisk (US)


– “an album full of devilish sounds and lots of atmosphere.” – Franconia Metallum (Germany)


– “dark and crass doom” – Lords of Metal (Netherlands)


– “creating morbid atmospheres with downbeat riffing” – Wonderbox Metal (UK)


– “well worth purchasing this record” – Metal Gallows (India)


– “magnificent effort” – Metal Addicts (US)


– “even King Diamond would be proud of” – Apoch’s Metal Reviews (US)


– “horrific atmosphere” – Iye Zine (Italy)


– “like an oldschool horror movie” – Doom Metal Front (Germany)


– “more obscure than most souls can imagine” – White Room Reviews (Netherlands)


– “a sonic journey into a world of literary horror” – Toilet ov Hell (US)