Review Summary: Moving on.
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.