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Death Cult: Death Cult

I reviewed a demo by Death Cult several months ago and was very impressed with its drive, its riffs, and its power. I had a few quibbles--what critic doesn't?--but I hoped that Death Cult would come forward with a strong debut, one that would grab the attention of a larger audience. I'm pleased to report that this album is very strong; it makes for a good listen and will appeal to fans of Venom, Obituary, and others. If nothing else, check out the song "Death Cult," easily one of my favorite band name songs in recent memory.

Some readers will be interested to know that Death Cult is basically the work of Tim Pearson, a musician who plays all the instruments, performs the vocals, and, I assume, writes the lyrics. He's a talented guy with an obvious love for death metal. Pearson's music is mostly made up of strong riffs and hard-driving drums. The lead parts are somewhat melodic and played in a minimalist style that suits the music quite well. He tends not to solo on the guitar, playing instead melodic lines of tremolo picking. I wouldn't expect anything else. After all, this style of metal is less inclined to the displays of technical wizardry made famous by guitarists of the 1980s. This is a more stripped-down metal, a style familiar to listeners since Venom came on the scene.

For readers coming to Death Cult for the first time, here's a breakdown of what to expect: hard-driving guitars playing low-end riffs, growly singing that is more or less understandable, and aggressive drum passages. The bass isn't as noticeable, but the guitars make up enough of the low end that it doesn't matter much.

In my initial review of Death Cult, I complained that the drumming sounded like they were lagging behind the guitars a little bit. As I listened to the album, though, things sound much stronger and much tighter. Either the drum tracks were fixed or my ears were. Either way, Death Cult is a promising new band, one that our readers should discover.

Track Listing:
1. Forms of Things Unknown
2. Mutant Generation
3. The Test of Time
4. Hail the Antichrist
5. Born to Lose
6. Doctrine of Hate
7. Inner Beast
8. Deathcult

Added: March 2nd 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1719
Language: english

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Death Cult: Death Cult
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-03-02 14:28:33
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This fun little demo from Death Cult, which also goes by the title The Test of Time, instantly will remind you of some of the very early days of death metal, when bands such as Death, Possessed, Celtic Frost, Morbid Angel, Slayer, and Venom were first starting to bring their extreme sounds to the masses. All of The Test of Time was written, performed, and recorded by Tim Pearson, and he did an admiral job here as these songs have a great early death 'n' roll feel to them-not too extreme, not overly technical, just fun old fashioned early death metal with plenty of groove to it. Tunes like "Forms of Things Unknown", "Mutant Generation", and "Inner Beast" are plenty heavy and raging, but you can understand most of the growls and the arrangements are actually pretty catchy and not too brutal.

It looks like Tim has actually made Death Cult into an actual band, as he now has a bassist and drummer alongside him while he sings and plays guitar. Let's see what they come up with in the not too distant future, as this is pretty solid stuff here that reeks of promise for good things to come.

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