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Review: Culted - Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep
Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep

Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 46:23
Tracks: 6
Genre: Doom/Black

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 15, 2019
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
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Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Culted are a project started by several members of Of Human Bondage collaborating with ex-Blodulv vocalist Daniel Jansson via the Internet, none of which have ever been in the same room together according to their bio. Outside of serving as a precise example of the good the World Wide Web has done for the creation of Metal, the band plays a malevolent brand of Blackened Doom that creeps out and unfurls like a sulfuric fog that encompasses everything in its path. The riffs are crushing and even have hints of psychedelia in places, the drums pummel along with tribal beats, and Jansson's heavily distorted rasps sound like the anguished cries of unseen horrors in the mist, which adds to the sense of impending dread that permeates throughout the album. The longer songs tend to overstay their welcome, and individual sections drag on for too long, but highlights like "Social Control" and the massive "Gunburn" successfully combine the best of both genres to create a compelling soundscape of desolation and despair. Worth tracking down.

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