February 27th, 2006
Release length: 38:52
Throughout their career, the band has used riffs and musical moments reminiscent to those of bands that helped inspire this style (typically categorized as being in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement), as well as taking an extremely heavy influence from punk and crust bands from the same time period. Well, the band has embraced that style of music, adding their own characteristic brand of black metal, to give us one hell of a killer release with many tracks acting as a way for the band to tell all those who bash them to go to Hell. “Too Old, Too Cold” has some old school feel to it, but it’s more of a modernized black metal track in the vein of more recent Darkthrone songs, aimed as a raised middle finger to those who say they suck anymore.
The band seems to have a little fun with the music on this release too. While songs like “The Cult Of Goliath” and “Atomic Coming” are amazing, you have the fun, more punk based track “Graveyard Slut”, which just makes you want to get up and start moshing wherever you may be. The tracks “Whisky Funeral” and “Shut Up” would also fall into this category of somewhat fun tracks, at least lyrically, since the music seems to be more of an “in your face” attitude. But not all the songs on this release are that great. “De Underjordiske” will probably become a little boring over time, and “Tyster Pa Gud” is a great song but the bass kicks don’t seem to line up right with the music a good majority of the time, as well as contains a solo with a really aggrivating distortion.
But, everyone needs to face the facts here. Darkthrone are no longer true “kvlt” Norwegian black metal. Many of thee die hard black metal fans are right on that, this release is definitely not something you would see Immortal doing as a reunion album or anything. But all of those people were bitching up a storm about this band going back to the roots of black metal, and this album is exactly what they asked for. Perhaps next time those people should be a little more specific, or at least understand where the style originated from. The Cult Is Alive is one hell of an homage to the sounds that helped start the black metal scene, and, with a few songs aside, is one hell of a release.
01. The Cult Of Goliath – 4:02
02. Too Old, Too Cold – 3:04
03. Atomic Coming – 4:51
04. Graveyard Slut – 4:04
05. Underdogs And Overlords – 4:02
06. Whisky Funeral – 3:59
07. De Underjordiske (Ã†lia Capitolina) – 3:14
08. Tyster PÃ¥ Gud – 3:09
09. Shut Up – 4:46
10. Forebyggende Krig – 3:41
|Overall Score: 5.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.