The Test Of Time
(Caligari Records / Do Or Die Records)
Usually if someone throws some Metal tagged as Black / Thrash at me I tend to react with an ironic “Yeah!!! Another Black / Thrash act!” as a couple of years back every hardly talented musician with serious problems in handling an instrument properly was doing Black Metal, nowadays I often have the impression that labeling yourself Black / Thrash is a way of making music while not being able to actually do so, at least not in a very fascinating way. Black / Thrash – in my humble opinion – regularly lacks the potential for longevity that such genre leaders as AURA NOIR, D666, ABSU, MIDNIGHT, TOXIC HOLOCAUST or classic DESASTER offer and tends to work well with a couple of beers or in a live situation but bores you to death when you are listening to it at home, fully concentrated and eager to hear something “interesting”. Fortunately, DEATHCULT belong to the positive exceptions and while not necessarily innovating the genre create some very diverse and in terms of songwriting and sound flawless Black / Thrash. Chicago based Tim Pearson is the sole musician doing everything on “The Test Of Time” which is being released on tape via Caligari Records and CD via Do Or Die and in the past was drumming for SCYTHE (with Rick Scythe from USURPER) and some other less relevant acts. His riffs wander from punkish Crust over headbanging Thrash rhythms to Death Metallic heaviness and blackish atmospheres topped off with tight ass drumming and harshly growled and roared vocals that I liked a lot due to their nonchalant yet furious tone. Overall, this is a fabulous debut and if you’re looking for high quality Black / Thrash that you might find yourself putting on again and again, “The Test Of Time” is highly recommended as it takes its album title quite seriously and indeed provides the long-lasting entertainment I yearn for. Here’s an album preview. Stream the whole fucker here (recommended plays: 'Forms Of Things Unknown', 'Doctrine Of Hate', 'The Test Of Time'). You can also order the tape at Caligari whereas you will find the CD for not more than 5 US Dollar at http://doordierecords.ecrater.com!
More DEATHCULT reviews:
Cult Of The Dragon - by Thomas Ehrmann
The Test Of Time - by Thomas Meyer