ALBUM REVIEW: The New Death Cult – The New Death Cult

Release Date: September 6th 2019
Label: Indie Recordings


The self-proclaimed quartet of ‘humanoid aliens’ in The New Death Cult are marching through unexplored territory in their latest feat of their self-titled debut album.

The nine-track effort is frenzied and stellar in the most wicked of ways, and serves as a sick introduction to what this transcendent band is capable of.

‘Light Spills Over’ carries a vibe reflective of its title, swinging and blurring in every which way, and brimming with a fluorescence that can only be likened to a chaotic work of art. Delta‘s drum work is groovy and jabs below the equally snazzy guitars of Alpha and Beta, while the track appears to take on its own life-form and morphs into a self-assured, stylistically diverse piece.

The distortion and wavering in ‘Zeitgeist’ coats the track in an intoxicating wash that momentarily blinds you upon contact. All fractals of The New Death Cult are bewilderingly curious, from their musical intensity to their ambiguous appearance, and there’s something about them that transfixes the eye, even if the sheer brightness of their visual accents is wild.

The verses in ‘The War’ stomp and Alpha‘s vocal delivery match the futuristic intimidation of the band’s aesthetic, splaying the entirety of the extra-terrestrial squad brightly across a blackened background. The lower end of Alpha and Gamma‘s fretboards are toyed with, knuckling into the earth and excavating an entirely new dimension as the release slugs on.

‘Blood Of Babylon’ scoops up handfuls of this newly-discovered dimension, and smears it across its face in an incandescent glow as Beta stabs out discombobulating riffs with a smirk. The New Death Cult allegedly approached earth in order to “crush hate, greed, and environmental destruction through the superior medium of rock music”, and, boy, with a release this sonic, they’re initiating pressurised waves so shocking that it’s almost mind-boggling.

The four-piece squadron of Martians continue with their otherworldly venture until the LP’s conclusion, with ‘Edel’ harnessing such palpable energy that you can almost picture the skeletal beings hovering above the unworthy ground before returning to their desired realm.

Despite their relatively recent 2015 assembling, this extra-terrestrial band is bringing an entirely new face to this planet’s music. Take notes.