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Cult Ritual

Cult Ritual: Cult Ritual [12-inch]Cult Ritual [12-inch] (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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Cult Ritual, a Florida band who only lasted three years, were one badass motherfuckin' band, and their self-titled only album is proof of that. It's a remarkable piece of hardcore punk that rants, howls, and then attacks with indescribable rage, sometimes disappearing into beautiful murk only to res.
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Cult Ritual, a Florida band who only lasted three years, were one badass motherfuckin' band, and their self-titled only album is proof of that. It's a remarkable piece of hardcore punk that rants, howls, and then attacks with indescribable rage, sometimes disappearing into beautiful murk only to resurface and throttle you, gleaming while the album...strangles you. Yeah, great metaphor!

Anyway, it starts off with a strange squelching sound, like a chainsaw against cold metal, over and over again. Then into feedback, then screaming, brilliant hardcore punk. And so it goes for the first side, as the lead singer (there's little information on the band, honestly) proceeds into wild, crazed screaming and yelling, cries of pain and rage like a dying animal. The guitarist, clearly a Greg Ginn fan, lets the feedback into the mix, a key part of his hard guitar sound. The drummer goes fast and slow as the band veers from shimmering guitar to rabid punk rock, sometimes, as in "Saturday's Blood", left alone to play the beat, amping the tension higher and higher.

This is a great album, and like recent hardcore punk bands Ceremony, Fucked Up and Paint It Black, Cult Ritual took hardcore into very strange, startling directions. For anyone who loves punk, particularly Black Flag, Negative Approach and Ceremony, this album is highly recommended for the darker nights of the soul.

 

 
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bud_boomer (March 6, 2011)

good band with good records, but while the songs sound really cool, they're lacking that x-factor to really hook me in...

slowstupidhungry (March 6, 2011)

I think I know why I don't like this now, upon listening again... It doesn't sound like Rorschach at all and the only Black Flag I hear is by way of Bl'ast!, but not as tight. It is not horrible, just not engaging to me at all. But I think every music critic who said this completely blew them away needs to pick up the first two Bl'ast! albums stat.

Half_Idiot (March 6, 2011)

Shit if you would have waited a week you could have netted 50 bucks on Ebay.

slowstupidhungry (March 5, 2011)

I am not even kidding, within a week of getting this I traded it to one of my friends for 8 dollars worth of food stamps.

mikexdude (March 4, 2011)

Will, you totally missed out on a great chance for some cash. These guys are spooky.

slowstupidhungry (March 4, 2011)

I sold this as soon as I got it. I guess I should have saved it for ebay. But anyway nothing this band did ever engaged me.

ZachLeg (March 4, 2011)

this band is so good. LP is an amazing record. i wish i could have seen them when they were together.

Half_Idiot (March 4, 2011)

"(there's little information on the band, honestly) " If there was a chuckling emoticon it would go here.

I listened to this like crazy for the first month or two but then got kind of bored with it. It's still good but once the hype and excitement of seeing them on that Summer '09 tour died down it settled down into the above average range.

I don't see the comparison to any of the active bands listed but the reviewer is right on this though, the best part of the album is when the guitars finally kick in on "Saturday's Blood."

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