Ghast – May the Curse Bind

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1. Crawl, Blighted and Afraid
2. Give Your Wrists
3. Evoke Spiritless Hell
4. Pale Robe
5. Hexed Under Moon

Artist:   Ghast
Title:   May the Curse Bind
Country:   United Kingdom
CAT#:   TTR 025
Released:   02 December 2008
Format:   CD
Running time:   43:13

Description

May the Curse Bind is GHAST’s debut album, a record that will bring them much deserved attention. The power Ghast evoke on this album can not go unnoticed and once experienced will not be forgotten.

No band has collided Doom and Black Metal into such a crushing and bleak recording, elevated by colossal production from Muscle Studios (Hateful Abandon, Salute). As crushing and morbid as it is fierce and aggressive! Ghast’s sound, built up from the early Souldust demos is now crystallized on CD and presented for your agony.

Reviews

The influences, ambition, and potential of this band are well and truly epic… easily my top record of 2008 and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the same went for 2009! – Mass Movement
The sound here is phenomenal. Simple and raw but possessing a depth rarely heard for this style. It is the sound of waves of despair lapping at a cold shore of misanthropy. Yet as disturbing and grim as this album is, it’s actually kind of catchy. Simply stated it’s one of the best black AND doom metal debuts I’ve heard all year, and I am looking forward to a great many more. – From the Dust Returned
The faster parts have a Darkthrone sort of assault to them and the slower parts have almost sort of a Burning Witch vibe but with more of a groove that’ll make you bob your head a little and go “oh fuck listen to that” all with some pretty hateful fucking vocals. I’ve never heard a band combine these elements with the finesse that Ghast does. – The Dying Machine

This review of Ghast’s debut ‘May the Curse Bind’ has been a difficult one for me to pen… for one, tearing myself away from just listening to this record over and over and to start thinking about it in a more ‘work’ like sense has been nigh on impossible. It’s been, what?, nearly a month since it’s been in my possession?, and pretty much been on repeat the whole time. It is without doubt an absolutely outstanding record, containing within it some of the darkest and finest black metal I’ve ever heard. This, combined with a truly frightening barrage of skull-crushing, bone-mulching, doom guarantees this record’s place within music’s history books! Rolling in at just under the 45 minute mark with a total of 5 tracks, the caliber of songwriting and musicianship on this release is what we’d refer to in South Wales as ‘fucking proper!’. Surprisingly melodic for such a dark, brooding sound, what I love about Ghast is they’re not afraid to have a bit of fun with the black metal genre (not in a ‘ha ha’ way but in a ‘we can have a laugh and still shit on you from a great height’ kind of way), this record ticks all the boxes you’d expect plus a few you wouldn’t…. If Hellhammer were reincarnated 25 years later and mysteriously reborn in the murkiest depths of Swansea, they probably wouldn’t look or indeed sound dissimilar to Ghast!!! But that’s just brushing the surface…. The influences, ambition, and potential of this band are well and truly epic… easily my top record of 2008 and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the same went for 2009! Do yourself a favor, whether you’re a black metal fan, punk rocker, or even a teenybopper (although you deserve to be hung, drawn, and quartered) go out and buy this record NOW!!! Otherwise the boys in black will hunt you down, set fire to your house, and sacrifice both your mum and her fucking cat!!! Black metal is alive, well, and residing on the Swansea coast!!! For fans of Von, Darkthrone, Gallhammer, Thorr’s Hammer, cascading, intelligent doom, and darker-than-thou black metal!!! Available for immediate purchase from the following address: http://label.todestrieb.co.uk
IOAN, Mass Movement

I’m always impressed with bands that manage to take an established sound like black metal, flay it to its bare roots and conjure an album of unspeakable evil and hostility. UK 3-piece Ghast have managed to do just this on their debut, with five great tracks of sludge mired black metal which occasionally lapse into powerful doom.
The guitars and bass are thickly mixed, giving the album a feeling of murk and sludge which complement the tortured vocals. The album opens with the ungodly warning of “Crawl, Blighted and Afraid” which should be the response of any sane individual upon first hearing this album. I am not such a sane individual, but I admit the thought at least crossed my mind, especially when the blasting died down into a thick wall of doom syrup. “Give Your Wrists” starts out slow, moving along at a truly doomed gait but accented with some very creepy speed picking guitars. A superb and devastating track. “Evoke Spiritless Hell” is once again fast, with a venomous vibe akin to early Mayhem, that sort of punk-fueled black riffing with a death metal influence. Yet, the song is highly atmospheric and solemn. “Pale Robe” is a crawling crusher weighted down in an unhealthy level of despair. In other words, beautiful. “Hexed Under Moon” closes the album with a twilit miasma of rushing black metal discord, like a knife shining under a killing moon. It then proceeds to break into the most amazing riffing on the album, a twisting hybrid of sludge bass and vile black metal riffing.
The sound here is phenomenal. Simple and raw but possessing a depth rarely heard for this style. It is the sound of waves of despair lapping at a cold shore of misanthropy. Yet as disturbing and grim as this album is, it’s actually kind of catchy. Simply stated it’s one of the best black AND doom metal debuts I’ve heard all year, and I am looking forward to a great many more.
From the Dust returned

This is fucking good. Real good. It’s fast and evil, it’s slow and evil, it’s fucking nasty. Black metal from Wales with some doom and slightly stoner undertones. The faster parts have a Darkthrone sort of assault to them and the slower parts have almost sort of a Burning Witch vibe but with more of a groove that’ll make you bob your head a little and go “oh fuck listen to that” all with some pretty hateful fucking vocals. I’ve never heard a band combine these elements with the finesse that Ghast does. Nothing seems forced or contrived. It’s out on Todestrieb Records which have put out some fucking fantastic stuff by Extinction and T.O.M.B. in the past as well. This is Ghast’s debut full-length. Don’t sleep on this record or this band.
FFO: Darkthrone, Burning Witch, Craft
The Dying Machine

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