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Cultic - High Command

High Command
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 12 April 2019, 7:37 AM

Some bands really have a way of thinking and creating music that reflects clearly the thought “obey-the-rules”. It’s what everyone has when you hear once more the same features on an album that was heard countless times before. This can be depicting a lack of personality. It’s not the case of the North American trio CULTIC, but “High Command” is not at the level of their talent. It’s a form of Doom Death Metal with some aspects of Sludge Metal and the raw filth of Stoner Metal. Their talent can be heard clearly, but they need to mature a bit more, because their music still needs to be different from of a tsunami of good bands from the genre. It’s not bad, but it isn’t outstanding as well.

The sound quality of “High Command” is, as the previous words above can show, is filthy. Yes, filthy to emulate an organic feeling, but it fits on their musical work, although a better set of instrumental tunes could be used (there are ways to make guitars and bass guitars sound brute without so loaded in distortion). It’s very good, but not excellent. Their main problem is the lack of a musical work that is above the norm. But talent for that can be heard on songs as “Cruel Orders” (in some moments, a clear touch of CELTIC FROST can be detected on vocal tunes and riffs), the very good rhythmic work on “False Idols” (simple, but heavy and efficient), the heavy grasping melodies of “Forest of Knives” and “Dark Rider”. It’s just a matter of maturing, of taking their good ideas and lapidate them, and with an experienced producer at their side.

For now, “High Command” is a good album, but nothing more than that.

Originality: 6
Songwriting: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. The Conqueror
2. Cruel Orders
3. False Idols
4. The Prowler
5. Forest of Knives
6. Dark Rider
7. Enchained
Brian Magar - Vocals, Guitars
Reese Harlacker - Bass
Rebecca Magar - Drums
Record Label: Eleventh Key


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