Album Type: EP
Date Released: 15/4/2014
Label: Deathwish Inc.
Cult Leader – ‘Nothing For Us Here’ CD/DD/LP track listing:
1). God’s Lonely Children 01:39
2). Flightless Birds 02:19
3). Mongrel 02:37
4). The Indoctrinator’s Deathbed 02:10
5). Skincrawler 02:53
6). Driftwood 06:06
Cult Leader are the next evolutionary leap forward for three-quarters of
one of the best metallic bands of the last decade. After the early 2013
dissolution of the aforementioned band, remaining members Michael Mason, Casey
Hansen, and Anthony Lucero were joined by bassist Sam Richards to form this
brand new beast. Gaza
"Nothing For Us Here" is a complex crusher as you would expect. Brilliantly heavy, technical musicianship complimented by Anthony Lucero's new found brutal vocal delivery (previously he played bass in
). All of it coming
together as an unconventional tangle of metal/hardcore/punk wreckage. Proving
that even in their primordial state, Cult Leader are capable of standing as
contemporaries Converge and Coalesce as new monsters of the aggressive music
If you were to cut any one of these four gents, I’m finding it difficult to believe that blood would pour from them. Actually, I think it’d be much more plausible that feedback would instead gush forth from their veins, they are so at one with it. Their sound is a grinding, slithering mass of anger: part Slipknot, part EyeHateGod, all aggression, these six tracks are an outpouring of guttural emotion. Anthony Lucero (formerly the bassist of
) has stepped up to
the plate as vocalist and hit a veritable home run with his brutish,
wall-demolishing throat. Gaza
‘The Indocrinator’s Deathbed’ is a primo example of Lucero’s banshee-shouts, coupled with Casey Hansen’s rollicking drums and the snarling, punch-drunk guitar and bass violence emanating from Mike Mason and Sam Richards respectively.
With each track there’s this weird percussive vibe, almost as though Cult Leader are always just inches away from hitting something with their fists. On album closer ‘Driftwood’ – the longest song by a fair margin – it sounds as though these guys have reached the end of their tethers and are smashing, breaking, crying out against the world. It is a song of dark regret, a masterful blend of feedback, riffs and rage distilled into a fine, heady wine of noise.
With its sinister, glowering opening riff and Lucero’s rasping statement of ‘I am a loyal dog’, ‘Mongrel’ pounces on you with ragged claws and a mouth full of rabies. Mike Mason slinks around the fret board with a base cunning, each thumping note hitting you square in the chest with a bruising intent. Of all the tracks on offer here, this is my favourite: for it’s simple, uncompromising march of a riff and its barking, wild lyrics. Better put on a grimace and let ‘Mongrel’ sink its teeth into you.
Cult Leader is a band that has been through some crap in the past, but has certainly put it behind them. These guys are looking to the future, and ‘Nothing for Us Here’ is a big ‘fuck you’ to past bullshit and a big ‘fuck yeah’ to new horizons and new possibilities. Become part of a brighter metal cause: follow Cult Leader.
Words by: Chris Markwell
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