Listed among Noisecreep’s Most Anticipated Releases of the month, Oblique To All Paths is CULTED’s second full-length and first recording in more than four long years. A hauntingly grim piece of expansive doom metal, Planet Mosh crowns the production, “a pleasingly unpleasant slice of doomish monstrousness to darken even the brightest of nights,” while Exclaim notes in a recent interview with the band, “the intense doom and craggly black sounds coalesce into something that references Celtic Frost as much as it does Swans.” Elsewhere, The Sleeping Shaman likens CULTED to, “the bastard child of Sunn O))) and Khanate, conceived after a weird ritual in a forbidden cave, deep in the woods. Yet… something far more dangerous and devious,” MeatMeadMetal christens CULTED, “a mighty, scary band, and hopefully their campaign of disaster lasts long into the future,” Cvlt Nation dubs the record, “an ambitious and exhausting trek through frosty terrains of blackened doom metal, touched with noise and melody in equal measures,” while Target Audience Magazine adds, “Whether you’re a fan of Sabbath or Venom, or hopefully both, CULTED will give you something to love.”
Witness the dark, murky magnificence of Oblique To All Paths, now playing in its entirety courtesy of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
Forged in 2007, CULTED’s background is distinctive: Four band members spread out over Sweden and Canada, having never performed music in the same room as an entire band, instead joining creative forces through the marvels of modern technology to compose wholly compelling, finely executed doom metal. Although the CULTED cooperative – Klassen, Matthew Friesen (guitar/bass/percussion/noise), Kevin Stevenson (drums) and Daniel Jansson (vocals/ambience) – have yet to speak to each other in real time, they unite in mind and spirit through their musical manifestations. A truly collaborative effort across international lines, CULTED’s bleak and epic masterworks of dystopian doom serve as a true testament to their long-distance accomplishments.