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Cult Cinema: Iscariot

London's Cult Cinema have delivered their debut EP, Iscariot, a collection of five tracks based on the themes of betrayal, rejection, isolation, violence and suicide. More corpse than corpus, a happy EP it is not, but unlike so many bands that are way too keen to release their first collection of tracks that are invariably naff, to say the least Cult Cinema have done us all a favour and waited to produce a work that is remarkable. Eerie 90 second opener 'Akeldama' hovers for the first half of the song, slowly building before noise bursts forth and a barrage of rage and fury explodes for the second half. 'The Beloved Disciple' is harsh, a wall of thrashed-out and melodic elements played out against the occasional exultant guitar howl. The violence continues into the most "metal" of the tracks, 'Tormentor', again a blur of belted drums, guitar riffs and noise, and throat-tearing vocals that culminates in a hard-nosed breakdown laced with atmospheric guitar noise and rampant drumming. 'A Distant And Disconsolate Heart' softens the journey up, but only a tad, for it's no less hard-hitting as the preceding tracks. The eeriness returns with the guitar lines that hover over the tumultuous sea of fierce screams and chaos-infused music. The movielike experience is soon abandoned with closing track 'The Betrayer (Tomb Of The Brave)', beginning with a melodic guitar intro that rapidly succumbs to the filth and fury of harsh metal elements and hardcore fistful-of-nails riffs and skin bashing. There's a beautifully melodic, uplifting and twisted extended instrumental passage towards the close that spirals ever higher before giving way to a burst of chaos that disappears into a solemn and sombre keyboard coda. Iscariot is quite the journey, and as debut EPs go, it's a well-executed slab of violent innovation that means Cult Cinema is a band to keep a close eye on.

Track Listing:

  1. Akeldama
  2. The Beloved Disciple
  3. Tormentor
  4. A Distant And Disconsolate Heart
  5. The Betrayer (Tomb Of The Brave)

Added: March 8th 2012
Reviewer: Jason Guest
Related Link: Cult Cinema's Facebook page
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Language: english

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