Drug Cult – Drug Cult

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label [URL]: https://www.ritualproductions.net/
Released: June 2018
Buy Album [URL]: Not yet released
Band Website: http://www.drugcult.com/

Band line up:

Vin Steele – guitars
Aasha Tozer – vocals
Dale Walker – drums
Maggie Schreiber – bass

Tracklisting:

1.Serpent Therapy
2.Release
3.Reptile Hypnosis
4.The Wall
5.Mind Crypt
6.Slaylude
7.Bloodstone
8.Acid Eye
9.Spell

Review

Drug Cult blasts out its majestic heaviness from the first few riffs of opening track Serpent Therapy. Aasha Tozer’s vocals install a style to the occult themed fuzzy Doom not unlike other bands in the genre, e.g, Coven, Psychedelic Witchcraft, Blood Ceremony, Kroh, Alunah and to some extent, Jucifer. And that’s where I think lies the problem. It’s been done before, and, well, years before them, and Tozer’s vocals don’t grasp me or make the band stand out from the rest of the pack.

Don’t get me wrong, Drug Cult’s self titled debut isn’t an album that has anything to dislike. Release (track 2) has a lovely dirty groove to it, but as I progress through the 9 track album it all kinda melds into one and track after track gives us more of the same and offers no real diversity.  I move to the last couple of tracks in the hope that the band will sign off with a bang and offer up something special, something to make them stand out from the rest of the sludge…and I kinda hear it in the jazzy drum beat in Spell, but it’s too little too late for me. A shame really but maybe this will grow on some.

Review by

Nathan Slack

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