Meaning all things magick and supernatural, the root of the word occult is that which is hidden, concealed, beyond the limits of our minds. If this is occult, then the Occult Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes released in 2017 - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light.
Northern German powerhouse SLAUGHTERDAY are around since 2010 and have managed to gain a lot of attention with their previous releases. SLAUGHTERDAY celebrate oldschool-death metal in the vein of Autopsy or Massacre while adding some unique and irrestistible vibes to it. Their new masterpiece „Laws Of The Occult“ will be released via FDA Rekotz, who released all SLAUGHTERDAY outputs so far.
Blood Ceremony is a Canadian psychedelic rock band formed in 2006 in Toronto, Ontario. Blood Ceremony's style has been described as "flute-tinged witch rock" and their lyrics are filled with black magic imagery and references to classic horror films. The band is fronted by singer/flutist/organist Alia O'Brien, whose flute solos are reminiscent of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.
Back in the late 60s and early 70s, Black Widow was one of the most prominent bands, experimenting with a mix of progressive rock, psychedelic music and hard rock / heavy metal. The band came to a premature end in the 1970s, but Clive Jones, the only constant in the band, has revived the band, together with Geoff Griffith. The band once caused stirs with occult topics and live onstage sacrifices and were major competitors to Black Sabbath for the throne of dark heavy masters of rock. Unfortunately, just as their star was rising, the band stopped working and they were relegated to cult status.
Cani Arrabbiati is the name of project fronted by Musea and Colossus. Its purpose is to pay tribute to Italian film soundtracks based on the essay movies of the Sixties and Seventies, embracing different styles such as Giallo, horror, police, Spaghetti Westerns, etc. The music has been revisited in a Progressive rock vein, using the rules of the genre, with vintage sounds and inspiration on the forefront.
Hexvessel is a psychedelic folk-rock band from Finland that was founded by Englishman Mat McNerney after he moved to Helsinki in 2009. Fusing late 60s and early 70s English folk/psych with Finnish nature mysticism, they play a witches brew of heavy, tripped-out atmospherics and hypnotic paeans. Their debut album Dawnbearer, which is now considered an occult folk classic, garnered rave reviews from the media and fans alike, making it to the top of many people’s Best of 2011 lists.