Profile: Simon Langford of Cult Burial

Death metal is having a banner year with established bands releasing comebacks, new bands making their mark, and fans of the genre are reaping the benefits of all of it. And with banner years come market saturation so for an up and coming outfit to really leave a mark, it’s not enough to just have a good death metal album. Enter London’s Cult Burial with their self-titled debut and what you’ll find is a band unafraid to employ weapons of sludge, doom and post-metal but also put a spotlight on stellar guitar work. The scattering of quick solos, the odd riff breaks, and well timed arpeggios all signal that Cult Burial is not your average death metal band and make it a point to stand out with stellar musicianship and songwriting abilities. The flow of the album is such that it draws attention by never staying with a train of thought across any two tracks but in totality is a very cohesive piece of work and a shocker, then, that this is just their full length debut. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to guitarist and drummer Simon Langford so head below to see how it went down and be sure to visit the links contained within to show them some support.

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Album Review: Wayfarer — “A Romance with Violence”

I’m proud to say that I’ve been a fan of Wayfarer for quite a while now, ever since a buddy put me on to Children of the Iron Age what feels like forever ago.  I remember when I first heard them, I could tell that there was something that set them apart from the competition, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.  Now, after following them along their meteoric rise, it’s apparent that their special something is a gift for storytelling and songwriting, and their latest A Romance with Violence sees them at their absolute peak.

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Album Review: Second to Sun — “Leviathan”

I cannot take credit for discovering Second to Sun all on my lonesome.  That distinction goes to our very own Zyklonius, the donut devourer himself, and his hyper specific talent of posting snippets of exactly what I’m currently into in the staff group chat.  When I first caught wind of the initial singles from Leviathan, I was pretty instantly blown away by what I heard, and I knew this would be an album for me to keep my eyes on.  Now that it’s finally here, I can very definitively say that, holy shit, this one bangs.

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Second Circle: Magni and Forêt Endormie

Second Circle

In Dante’s Inferno, the second circle begins the proper punishment of Hell, a place where “no thing gleams.” It is reserved for those overcome with Lust, where carnal appetites hold sway over reason. In Nine Circles, it’s where we do shorter reviews of new (ish) albums that share a common theme.

Ian and I had a ton of fun working together to write up the latest Misery Signals album, which you can and should read about here.  So much fun, in fact, that since we both have albums that fall loosely (and I do mean loosely here) under categories like “blackened” and “folk” we decided to combine our powers again for a Second Circle.  Today, we look at Magni‘s self-titled new release and Forêt Endormie‘s Une voile déchirée.   Continue reading

Album Review: OMITIR — “Ode”

Narrow cobbled stone streets rise and fall passing by vendors outside their homes, and cafes bustling with life—leading to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean or the Douro River.  This hillside city of Porto, Portugal holds so much history and many natural treasures.  OMITIR transports listeners to this historical, robust city and on a tour of Portugal in their newest album Ode. Continue reading