Cult Cinema – Cosmic Horror II
UK-based neo-crust outfit Cult Cinema return with the second installment of their Cosmic Horror trilogy. Coming a mere five months after the release of its predecessor, Cosmic Horror II picks up where the band left off and continues to build upon their blend of hardcore, post-metal and subtle tinges of black metal. The EP starts off with dreamlike guitar melodies on the intro track “Horror Vacui”, which bleed into the 77-second stormer “Bad Blood”. Here the band unleash high-octane, vicious hardcore riffs, spiraling licks and venomous vocals that lunge for the listener’s throat, secure them in their jaws and proceed to shake them about violently. The hardcore stampedes continue in the third track ,”Midnight Man”, which weaves together angular harmonics with bouncing chord progressions and crusty angst. The d-beat laden hell briefly slows to a moody crawl before building back up into a climax of marching riffs and soaring, tremolo-picked leads. Everything is brought to a stunning close with the EP’s final track, “Labyrinth of Solitude”. The seven-minute, slow-burning track cycles back-and-forth between beautifully somber post-rock-esque sections to post-metal-leaning processions during the first half. After a back-and-forth struggle between light and dark, the song explodes into a climax of towering melancholia that’s as heavy as it is emotive. With two well-crafted releases down, one can only expect solid material from Cult Cinema from here on out.
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “Bad Blood” and “Labyrinth of Solitude”
For Fans Of: Oathbreaker, Amenra and Nux Vomica
Tanakh – Unwilling
Sioux Falls duo Tanakh deliver four tracks of raw, encompassing darkness on their debut recording, Unwilling. The South Dakota-bred outfit weaves together elements of doom, black and death metal into a suffocating blend that permeates throughout four tracks of perpetual gloom. The release begins on a high note with the nearly 10-minute “Sundoggodnus”. The track begins with slow-churning, darkened riffs that gradually begin to incorporate more melodic licks as it progresses. Before long, the track launches into a blistering black metal stampede comprised of storming guitars, hellacious drumming and cavernous, growling vocals, which eventually lead to a lengthy conclusion of depressive, abysmal doom. The one-two punch of “Nocturnus Infernus” and “Macrocosm follow after and entrap the listener in a violent atmosphere of cold malevolence. These tracks are sonic malestroms of disemboweling death metal riffs, sludgy beatdowns and blackened vitriol that take no prisoners. The album’s six-minute title track closes out the album by fully embracing the band’s black metal influence, delivering a track that is both somber and cold. With these four tracks, Tanakh is off to a solid start and fans of all things dark and sad would be doing themselves a disservice by skipping it.
Release Date: January 19, 2017
Favorite Track: “Sundoggodnus”
For Fans Of: Culted, Bereft and Coffinworm