Review from Heathen Harvest Periodical

July 2, 2014
From: Heathen Harvest Periodical
Published: July 1, 2014

Sometimes, when I go hunting for new and intriguing releases, I come across band names that just stick to my mind instantly. Understandably, Galaktik Cancer Squad is one of those names. Despite the obvious implications brought about by having the word squad present in your project title, GCS is, in fact, a one-man black metal act, helmed by the anonymous Argwohn, that hails from Hamburg, Germany. The music is focused heavily on an exceptionally melodic and majestic progressive style of black metal that really sticks out from the crowd. Ghost Light is the fourth full-length album to be released in a roughly three-year period, but feels well-rounded and crafted without any signs of a rushed production, which is in itself a sign of either pure unbridled mania or pure musical devotion.

Musically, this album is quite a ride with rich fluid melodies and bombastic rhythms. It all mixes well together into a fine blend of rough vocals, intricate harmonic riffs and just the right amount of blackened structure to maintain a rough core. The varied compositions within Ghost Light are its primary strength; far from a rinse and repeat style of underwhelming repetition, Ghost Light offers a wide variety of inspiration in its running time, and songs such as “Ethanol Nebula” really blow me away with a perfect mix of screeching blackened guitars and heavy trampling percussion. “In Lichterlosen Weiten” is the strongest track of the whole album with its atmospheric structures, laced with caustic harmonious tremolo and epic, almost apocalyptic riffs that are all mixed up with melodious piano parts and appropriate harsh vocals. Overall, the best parts of the album are the constantly mutating structures of the songs; sure, they may not amount to anything groundbreaking, but they are extremely effective in terms of atmosphere and intensity, and really give Ghost Light a life of its own. The tracks are all fairly long, yet never slip into a repetitive or boring state — one sign among many that Argwohn knows what he is doing.

Great as it may be, Ghost Light is like a wooden roller-coaster to me. It peaks somewhere around “In Licterlosen Weiten” and is a bit lacking in variation and inspiration in both “Ethanol Nebula” and “Hypnose”. Ghost Light still exists as a great album, but certain songs just don’t burn through to my soul the way the rest of the album does. Still, this is a slight complaint in an otherwise fine album. In the end, long majestic songs, a somewhat intriguing evolution of black metal, and a damn fine production gives Ghost Light my recommendation to anyone into progressive black metal.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewed by: Skarsnik

Review from Metal Revolution Webzine

May 6, 2014
From: Metal Revolution Webzine
Published: May 6, 2014

Galaktik Cancer Squad is rhythmic post- and progressive black metal project, founded in 2011. It is actually an ambitious and passionate one-man band/project from Hamburg (Germany), and Hypnotic Dirge Records has just released his fourth album Ghost Light, quite impressive?!

There’s no doubt that we are dealing here with highly talented musician, Arwohn, who’s creating some experimental, mature and professional songs. Ghost L...

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Review from Sadik Underground Review

April 10, 2014
From: Sadik Underground Review
Published: April 8, 2014
*Google translation of Italian review

If there is an album that surprised me in 2013, that is certainly " Ghost Light "of Galaktik Cancer Squad , a one-man German band who reappears on the scene after 3 albums digitally with the fourth effort.  As mentioned earlier, the whole project is in the hands of one man: Argwohn. The type of music proposal is very ambitious: it is Melodic Black Metal with strong influences from post-rock...

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Review from Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 6

March 19, 2014
From: Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 6
Published: November 2014

This one-man project from Germany, which was established just in 2011, has already released their fourth full-length album last year. It is important to mention that the one and only band member Argwohn from Hamburg plays in another four projects, whose genres vary from DSBM/Shoegaze to Pagan/Folk Metal, thus it would be foolish to doubt the abilities of this musician.

In internet resources Galaktik Cancer Squad is l...

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Review from Volumes of Sin Webzine

March 8, 2014
From: Volumes of Sin Webzine
Published: March 6, 2014

Solo member of Galaktik Cancer Squad, Argwohn, has been releasing his dark arias since 2009; having been involved in numerous projects and a couple of solo endeavors such as the current band that stands at the chopping block today. His previous three full-length albums through Galaktik Cancer Squad have had digital only releases, up until the time that they were scooped up by Hypnotic Dirge Records and given a re-release; this m...

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Review from Chronicles of Chaos Webzine

March 3, 2014
From: Chronicles of Chaos Webzine
Published: March 2, 2014

Black metal has gone through many changes in its relatively short existence, and these days it seeks incessantly new turf for its artistic aspirations, and like all forms of metal, it is restless, curious, bold and relentlessly expeditionary; almost no aural stone was left unturned in black metal's (and its latest addition as post-black metal) constant quest for new sounds, new inspirational substances and odd (or pedestria...

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Review from Scholomance Webzine

February 4, 2014
From: Scholomance Webzine
Published: February 2, 2013
*Google translation of French review

Galaktik Cancer Squad is a One-Man Band Black Metal Progressive, from Hamburg in Germany. It is the musician Argwohn (Durothar, Garleben, Grauzeit, Morphinist, former Metakognition) which deals with instrumentation and vocals. It has to its credit since its inception in 2011, four albums, two splits, an EP and a compilation. A rather productive musician, therefore we reserve its latest album, ...

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Review from Nocturnal Cult Webzine

December 29, 2013
From: Nocturnal Cult Webzine
Published: December 21, 2013 

Galaktik Cancer Squad is rhythmic post-black metal emanations from the Tuetonic heartland.  After a midtempo Katatonia-esque segment a haunting melodic passage surges from the darkness and carries into a melodic lead on the album's opener, Ethanol Nebula.  The riffs drop into a more throbbing texture before erupting into melodic Nordic black metal blasts once again.  Fragile, clean guitar sets a sorrowful mood before thicke...

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Review from Pure Nothing Worship Magazine; Issue 2

December 19, 2013
From: Pure Nothing Worship Magazine; Issue 2
Published: February 2014

Young, one-man project from Germany, Galaktik Cancer Squad, although existing from 2011, delivers their fourth full length already. “Ghost Light” delivers a 50 minute opus of slightly progressive, post-black metal. A dense, energetic album, flowing with different elements but mostly centered around fast paced post-black metal with a unique approach and interesting song composition. At different moments, as...

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Review from Teeth of the Divine Webzine

October 16, 2013
From: Teeth of the Divine Webzine
Published: October 15, 2013

The second best  release from Hypnotic Dirge’s recent offerings, you’d expect this to be a German crazy, industrial, off kilter black metal release based on that moniker and such. However, the band while in fact German, and is somewhat ambitious, they share more with the progressive, avant garde black metal movement of the mid 90′s, especially the likes of Fleurety.

Consisting of one man: Argwohn, Ghost Light is a p...

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 Released: June 21, 2013
500 Copies
Progressive Post-Black Metal