"...this is probably going to be one of the top five releases of the year. Actually, make that likely top one. Definitely one of the best of the decade. Get it?"
"I have absolutely no issue at all in deeming this an Album Of The Year candidate, Cultic have an incredible album on their hands here and one I cannot recommend enough for you to check out for yourself..."
"Of Fire and Sorcery could be the soundtrack for a sword-and-sorcery movie, naturally shifting moods from fantastical and otherworldly to grim and frostbitten."
"Of Fire and Sorcery is a celebration of the strange, shadowy corners of heavy metal that have managed to remain unpolished and abhorrent throughout the years."
"For a very specific type of metal nerd, a type I happen to belong to, this record is a really special and one-of-a-kind thing. Gloriously nerdy but also crushingly heavy, and one that is not to be missed."
"If you like your doom barbaric and blunt with a blatant disregard for anything younger than the late 80s then by Crom, this is for you!"
“‘Of Fire and Sorcery’ channels its sinister motives by bringing its malefic synthesizer and raw, ruthless, somewhat gaseous notes to a dungeon that has never even caught a glimpse of the sun and consequently immerses us in a shamelessly foul world that the immoral part of you can’t help but like.”
""Of Fire and Sorcery" is a very successful work, capable of balancing the desire to explore new boundaries in the best possible way."
"It’s an understated journey that sucks the listener further and further down into the dark, fantastical world that Cultic inhabit. By adding a degree of unselfconscious bombast and naivety to a down and dirty metal formula, they imbue it with a sense of theatre and high drama that bolsters the experience into something entirely novel."
"In a nutshell! This is a kill love it!"
"Cultic demand your attention but it’s not like they’re punching you in the face for it. You crawl to them and crawl for more as opposed to the other way round, the band are in full control. "
"This album will scare you shitless with the lights out."
"It’s a dismal, primitive, and increasingly frightening experience, an infliction of caustic doom that suffocates hope but will also elevate your pulse rate ..."
“The overarching feeling is of something primitive, menacing and mystical. Well worth investigating if you yearn for the eldritch days of doomy death metal…”
"... imagine more recent Darkthrone rotating too slowly on your turntable and repeatedly interrupted by a 70s alien/space B-Movie brand soundtrack that sometimes blurs into something new. All kind of quirky, but with a lot of charm and soul. 'Of Fire and Sorcery' makes sense ..." "You just have to try it to understand what I mean."
"Cultic take their primary influences from the likes of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Winter, wielding a sound something like a cross between primitive death/doom and early extreme metal."
"CULTIC! What can I say? When I listen, it really feels like it’s a late 1980 analog recording made in the depth of hell and was recently discovered in the back yard of Tom Warrior’s childhood home about six feet deep by a rabid Goat. The power, vibe, and true essence of the time is captured and introduced to us all over again!"
“This is extreme metal that channels the aesthetics of early death metal, doom, crust-punk, black metal, and sludge in such a way that none dare try to stand against it. With downtuned guitars and war-ready drumming, the music of CULTIC is equal to donning chain mail, hoods and cloaks, taking up sword and shield, and charging into the fray of battle.”
"Cultic sounds really authentic, as if an old album had been found here in a box of dusty tapes."
Take heed! Cultic have emerged from the battlefield to unleash their sophomore curse upon you! “Of Fire and Sorcery” is a psychedelic journey through a world where magic and might are paramount. From this realm, Cultic weave a bizarre tapestry of extreme doom, black metal, traditional heavy metal, martial industrial, and dungeon synth — an amalgamation that propels listeners into an outlandish universe.