Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Cult Leader : "Lightless Walk"
The first song to add a dynamic range is 'A Good Life" . The vocals are spoken rather than growled. Then "Walking Wasteland" its back to the boring business as usual. Most of the songs are short around the two minute mark. There is a punk beat to "Gutter Gods' which shifts into punchier metal aggression. "Hate Offering" sounds almost just the same as the previous song. There is a little more of a rumble, but that's it. Yes the are very heavy, but mid way into the album it all seems like white noise to me. The break down like chug they go into is on of the high lights.Things get more ominous for " How Deep It Runs", which benefits from the slower pace, so you are hear what they are playing. A throbbing pulse is always heavier than angry chaos. It's fine that they drone on this for a while, it's not a tactic that had been overplayed on this album.
They go into a lower Joy Division like moan on the title track that closes out the album. It floats along like a depressed post-rock song. This album needed more than this, so its too little too late. These guys have potential, all the heaviness in the world in and of it's self doesn't make for good song writing. I'll give these guys a 5.5 and consider myself underwhelmed. If you just need heavy in your diet you might be more impressed.