Rarely does an extreme metal band drop out of nowhere with a fully formed sound, and yet Cult Burial do just that. While their name may imply another group hopping on the dime-a-dozen OSDM revival trend, this London group quickly show that there is a lot more than meets the eye on their self-titled début, coming hot off the back of a well-received two-track EP.
The smooth sepulchral blend flits across the spectrum; while ostensibly a modern black/death metal outfit, Cult Burial have no qualms about incorporating the crushing low-end of doom metal and post-metal. Other individual tracks branch out even further from the formula – lead single Moribund draws from old school death metal’s HM2-drenched tremolo, while Plague and Chaos stretch into progressive territory and showcase a real strength in dynamic songwriting – not a moment is wasted.
Aside from the songwriting, the execution of each track is magnificent. Simon Langford’s composition pairs effortlessly with César Moreira’s varied vocal delivery – potent growls and twisted snarls collide with the daring range of styles employed, from the hefty groove in opener Dethroner reminiscent of Belphegor to the full black/death/doom amalgamation that rounds out Sorrow. The lyrics, which eschew the expected s—– worshipping traits, instead turn inward and speak on topics related to death and a sense of purpose (or a lack thereof) in captivating detail.
Despite having only two tracks to their name prior to this release, Cult Burial have already begun to build a name for themselves – No Clean Singing pegged Sorrow as «further proof that Cult Burial is a band to watch closely, and it won’t be long before this album starts turning heads and causing a stir».
Lyrics and vocals by César Moreira and music by Simon Langford, and additional guitars by Felipe Grüber. Mixed by Simon Langford and mastered by Chris Coulter at Decimal Studios.