Cosmic Horror II
11th April 2017 – Self-release
01. Horror Vacui
02. Bad Blood
03. Midnight Man
04. Labyrinth of Solitude
Returning with the second chapter of their Cosmic Horror EP trilogy – a mere five months after the first – London-based group Cult Cinema mix emotions and genres skillfully across four tracks and an array of multi-layered sounds.
Opening track “Horror Vacui” – ‘a fear of empty space’ – is introduced by an eerie wail of feedback and tingling strummed guitars. In less than a minute, the band’s real intent is made clear by first proper track “Bad Blood“, which sees intense ferocity meshed with blood-curdling vocals. There’s a clear black metal aspect here, combined with opposing hardcore/punk crossover styled instruments.
This hard-hitting combo delivers a suckerpunch of surprise, and in just over one minute it’s over, quickly followed by another fast paced banger in “Midnight Man“: undoubtedly the hardest-hitting track of the EP. With echoes of a Converge influence in parts, yet carrying on trhe band’s theme of keeping the listener wanting more, the song really builds into its aggression, and earns the payoffs.
This dissipates, however, into the EP’s final piece, “Labyrinth of Solitude“. Aptly named, it starts humbly and slowly, serving to draw away the listener from the chaos, bringing a more sublime feeling of being elevated to another plane of existence. It’s a stern feeling of isolation and a fleeting insight into the minds that created this cosmos. Cult Cinema combine both of these conflicting aspects of their music into one elongated song; its post-rock-styled conclusion could easily be placed into the apocalyptic ending scene of a film. The final screech of vocals echo deep into the roots of the world which they have created, and although it’s longer the rest of the EP combined, it feels like it’s the shortest.
Once the track finishes, there is a sudden urge to start all over again from the beginning; always a positive feeling to be left with on finishing a record. With two solid releases in the bag, it’s clear we can expect good things from this band – particularly from the third part of the Cosmic Horror trilogy. Solid material, with a DIY sense of purpose, Cult Cinema are without doubt a diamond in the rough in terms of musical talent and one to watch out for near future.