Orcultus – Endless Hate & Misanthropy

Rating: 1.5/5
Distributor/label: Forever Plagued Recordds
Released: 2013
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Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/orcultus

 

Tracklist
Orcultus - Endless Hate & Misanthropy Orcultus – Endless Hate & Misanthropy

1. Blood, Chaos & Hell
2. Gutting Humanity
3. The Smell of Decay

 

Review

Since hitting the scene in 2013, Orcultus have been busy throwing releases onto the market. Endless Hate & Misanthropy is the first released late 2013 will grace the world with its harsh, unrelenting old-school misanthropic stench as it is released on tape in 2014 limited to just 200 copies.

Opening track ‘Blood, Chaos & Hell’ provides us with an unsettling beginning, mixing up sounds of distortion, anger and screams into a cacophony of virtually indecipherable noise. Gutting humanity is the first track that really marks the style of the band as it delves straight into overly distorted repetitive riffing that maintains the dissonant qualities seen across many of the bands current releases. Closing track The Smell of Decay sets a solid pace, with a riff that hooks the listener while retaining a dissonant, dark feel. A whaling guitar cuts through in the middle for a brief pause which although has the potential to be an interesting compliment to the sound, is not integrated well enough to add to the track. The real issue with the EP however is the production. The sound is tinny and while it may compliment some areas of the track, the constant high pitch that whistles its way through rapidly becomes irritating and with the lack of solid bass tone to counteract takes away from any quality in the writing.

The Ep is a short sharp smack of black metal coming in at under 15 minutes long and three tracks in length. As a choice for release on tape however, Endless Hate & Misanthropy is far from the bands most promising release. Compared to later releases, the tracks are ill formed and premature, lacking the clarity and conviction that really set apart this bands more recent work. This is one first album that should be left to decay.

Review by Caitlin Smith
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