Church of the Cosmic Skull
Everybody's Going to Die


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (323 Reviews)
December 12th, 2019 | 7 replies


Release Date: 11/29/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Church of the Cosmic Skull’s third album provides more of the bright, cheerful existentialism that listeners have come to expect

A title like Everybody’s Going to Die can say a lot about an album, especially when it’s coming from a group as brazenly upbeat as Church of the Cosmic Skull. The band’s sunny disposition and occult pop style seem more or less unphased, making it even easier to imagine some sort of façade with tension bubbling beneath the surface. There ultimately don’t seem to be too many dramatic shifts in style on the band’s third album, but it certainly offers its share of tweaks.

In addition to song lengths and the overall runtime being noticeably shorter this time around, individual tracks have a certain snappiness to them. This is demonstrated right away in the opening “Fantasy,” which packs a Queen-esque romp in less than two minutes before sliding into the equally bouncy “Don’t You Believe in Magic?” “Do What You Want (With Love in Your Heart)” takes it even further with its clashing speeds.

There’s also still room for some moodier material. The title track and the closing “Living in a Bubble” have hints of somberness in their sweeping exaltations, and “The Hunt” grinds the pacing to a halt with its slower blues sprawl. Elsewhere, “Into the Skull” and “The Great Black Hole” are downright heavy by the band’s lighthearted standards, approaching Ghost territory with their amped-up guitars and more twisted attitudes.

Overall, Church of the Cosmic Skull’s third album provides more of the bright, cheerful existentialism that listeners have come to expect. While its shorter song lengths and quick release turnaround raise concerns of a possible rush job, the band’s persistently keen ear for lush arrangements keeps things from feeling underdeveloped. It’s another pleasant listen that reinforces their status as one of the modern rock scene’s most intriguing outfits.

Highlights:
“Everybody’s Going to Die”
“Into the Skull”
“The Hunt”
“The Great Black Hole”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2019


17627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh man I had totally forgot about this one.





This is so ridiculous lol, I love it.

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wham49
December 13th 2019


5006 Comments


seems interesting enough to check

I dig weirdness

rockandmetaljunkie
December 13th 2019


8649 Comments


love the artwork!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2019


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's probably the least interesting album of theirs, but it's still good.

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BallsToTheWall
December 15th 2019


49882 Comments


Oh, hell yeah.

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Egarran
December 23rd 2019


15061 Comments


Hah, never heard this band before, but it's good fun.

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garas
December 23rd 2019


3191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"It's probably the least interesting album of theirs, but it's still good"

[2] I completely agree.

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