Cult Leader
Nothing for Us Here


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
April 7th, 2014 | 70 replies | 5,811 views


Release Date: 04/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Moving on.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

Short and to the point, Cult Leader’s debut establishes the band as a force to be reckoned with. From the opening ninety seconds loaded with feedback to the monstrous sludge drenched closer “Driftwood”, Nothing For Us Here wastes no time unleashing a fury that’s certainly understandable to those who’ve kept a keen eye on them since the band was formed less than a year ago. Front man Anthony Lucero has a commanding presence pushing songs past their brink, often barking indecipherably, aiding in the madness that Cult Leader expertly produces. Between “Mongrel” and first single “Skin Crawler” Nothing manages to pack enough riffs, dissonance and chaos to fill an entire album. This refusal to slow down is what drives the Leaders. Though familiar on the surface, the band’s knack for grooving inside their whirlwind of noise is what’s most remarkable – a bleak light amidst a torrential downpour –dismal chord progressions offer little in the way of what destruction the band truly encapsulate.

Rarely does a band succeed from such a low pit of despair, but this well runs seemingly deep, and Nothing serves more meat than bone, offering a constant blitz of anger delivered passionately. There’s only so many ways to elaborate on the word heavy, but Cult Leader push that word to its limit in less than twenty minutes; the dynamic shifts between what little melody there is and aggression attest to this as the band waste little time offering room to breathe. This display of raw power is what makes Nothing so easy to get lost in, and standing six songs tall, proves the bands capabilities. Stretching their doom and gloom origins in every direction, grinding riffs to a pulp alongside thunderous drums Cult Leader launches forth with a momentum few can match. It will be interesting to see if they’ll be able to maintain this energy moving forward since this length suits the band perfectly, providing ample time for all facets of the band to shine, their future downfall might lie solely in adding too much to this simple and effective formula.



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fromtheinside
April 7th 2014



17685 Comments


ignored the elephant in the room
thought it best

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wacknizzle
April 7th 2014



12585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES!

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taxidermist
April 7th 2014



7195 Comments


this should be good

fromtheinside
April 7th 2014



17685 Comments


it's pretty great.

skin crawler and driftwood (maybe flightless birds) are the best things here

Relinquished
April 7th 2014



24394 Comments


good stuff

and nice job not talking about Gaza, the more they separate the better they're off

HenchmanOfSanta
April 7th 2014



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It would be easier to avoid talking about Gaza if they didn't sound exactly like Gaza. But in a way that's good because people won't be complaining about Gaza changing their sound, I guess.

wolferen
April 7th 2014



46 Comments


what a crazy time

SCREAM!
April 7th 2014



9963 Comments


"their future downfall might lie solely in adding too much to the this simple and effective formula."

Silly fti ;)

Great review man!

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botb
April 7th 2014



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"and nice job not talking about Gaza, the more they separate the better they're off"

why? gaza fucking ruled

Kris.
April 7th 2014



12145 Comments


i still need to hear thisuhhhgg

Relinquished
April 7th 2014



24394 Comments


I know but the drama and damage done is what they want to get away from and so should everyone else

botb
April 7th 2014



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you can talk about gaza without talking about what might or might not have happened to cause them to break up... especially in a review where you are just comparing the music styles

botb
April 7th 2014



9521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

kris it's streaming here

http://www.slugmag.com/articles/7415/Cult-Leader-ndash-Nothing-For-Us-Here.html

fromtheinside
April 7th 2014



17685 Comments


"Silly fti ;)"

it's basically the same thing!

SCREAM!
April 7th 2014



9963 Comments


I was referring to the "the this"

If you're gonna change my one line at least don't put a typo in it haha

fromtheinside
April 7th 2014



17685 Comments


lol, i didn't even notice that. clearly i should have resent it to you haha

awesomebeard
April 7th 2014



88 Comments


wow best review ive ever read

RoyalImperialGuard
April 7th 2014



1096 Comments


Ill be honest, I lost interest after 35 seconds.

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Relinquished
April 7th 2014



24394 Comments


just skip to the 2nd track then

Nikkolae
April 7th 2014



4754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indoctrinators Deathbed is my favourite here, such a sweet lil album

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