Cultic is an extreme metal band from Yoe, Pennsylvania. They coined the term “Dark Dungeon Metal,” to describe their music which takes influences from early death-doom, first-wave black metal, and punk rock and combines them with dungeon synth interludes and dark fantasy themes.
Cultic was formed in 2016 by husband and wife – Brian Magar (Guitar/Vocals) and Rebecca Magar (Drums), whose initial creative vision was to expand on the sounds and aesthetics of Winter, Hellhammer, and Celtic Frost. On August 9th, 2017, they released their first self-recorded demo titled, “Prowler,” on digital and CDr.
In late 2017, the band was joined by bassist Reese Harlacker (of Wrath of Typhon, Bittered, and Clancy Six). Together they wrote, recorded, and produced their first full-length album “High Command,” which includes guest vocals by Jason Robison (of Wrath of Typhon). “High Command” was released on digital and CDr on April 5th, 2019.
Their sophomore album “Of Fire and Sorcery,” introduced dungeon synth interludes and expanded on the conceptual stories that were introduced in their first album. “Of Fire and Sorcery” was released on April 22nd, 2022.
Reese Harlacker moved in early 2021, making the band a two-piece again until June of 2022 when they were joined by bassist Andrew Harris (formerly of Warhawk, Witch Hazel [now Spellbook], and Alms).
The band recently announced plans for a new EP titled, “Seducer” to be released sometime in 2023, and is also working on material for a new full-length album.