Outright Resistance – Cargo Cult

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Self-released
Released: March 2019
Buy Album: http://smarturl.it/FangAndBone
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/OutrightResistanceBand
https://twitter.com/or_band
https://www.instagram.com/outrightresistance/

Band line-up:

James Jest – Vocals
Joe Jacobs – Lead Guitar
Michael Worsley – Rhythm Guitar
Chris Everett – Bass
Michael ‘Nelly’ O’Neill – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Gently
2. Scripture
3. Fang & Bone
4. The Wretched One
5. Lone Wolf
6. Cargo Cult
7. Parthenocarpy
8. Anger Dulls The Blade
9. Holocene Epoch
10. Error Incarnate

Review

 

This album is by far one of the heaviest death metal/metalcore albums I have heard for a while. The band had this to say about their album:

“We’ve always wanted to work with someone who would throw themselves into a recording as much as we do, and not just be there to record our ideas but challenge our ideas and change them where necessary as well”, says drummer Michael “Nelly” O’Neill. “There are so many ideas that are on the album which weren’t there originally on our demos and before we recorded, and so many new ideas were born from discussions of Justin getting to know how I drum for example and pushing how far I thought my ability was. There’s a real evolution on this album for Outright Resistance. The guitars, the bass, the vocals, the tones, the layers, all things that we weren’t ever really challenged on before were suddenly expanded upon and brought an entirely new dynamic to our sound.”

“Although we don’t have a backing of a label to help us, we knew we needed to take that leap for the album to be just as polished as those bands who do have that backing”, confirms Jest. “Listening to Justin’s back catalogue is what led us to decide we needed to make that leap with him. In our eyes, when creating the demos for this album, we quickly realised that for any release to have any moderate success, you need to have a record that sounds like it can sit alongside other bands of the calibre of the aforementioned things we grew up with.”

The new album ‘Cargo Cult’ seeks to highlight the more negative aspects of modern life. Striving to capture your attention from start to finish with an unapologetic sense of urgency, ‘Cargo Cult’ attempts to explore personal themes such as mental health, isolation, and alienation as well as issues that impact us every day as a society (social media and war for example).

“In a time when media is consumed at a greater volume and faster pace than ever before, we want to challenge the notion of “disposable media” with ideas that we hope will keep listeners coming back for more,” says the band.

“There is a change happening right now in the music industry that at times has made it difficult to know what the ‘right way’ to proceed as a band is. What used to be clear routes of getting labels, releasing videos onto music TV, getting articles into metal magazines etc are gone, which were the various outlets we used to find bands and become fans of when we were younger. With certain closures of different media outlets over the last few years, it’s becoming more obvious that the once evident route to getting onto that next rung of the ladder in this industry isn’t as clear. The new wave of fans generally don’t sit at their TVs to watch videos anymore, and instead, social media is becoming their way of interacting and consuming, along with the streaming media of today.

With this ever-changing landscape, each decision we make as a band, which is true with some of our peers at a similar stage in their careers, we have no idea if the risks taken will work, and you have to learn to try to adapt to the times or fear perishing.” – Outright Resistance.

Their message is fairly simple and will resonate well with younger audiences simply because they’re not wrong. I’m a part of the younger demographic I suppose at 21 and it’s true that people my age don’t sit to watch TV. We’re fast consumers. We like things quick, easy and instant otherwise our attention just doesn’t last. At least that’s the case for most people my age and younger.

These songs do absolutely everything they can to grasp your attention and make sure that you won’t slide away into boredom. They are hard hitting, fast, full of excellent riffs and solos and it’s exactly the kind of thing that I look for in music. They haven’t stuck to death metal in the traditional sense nor have they stuck to metalcore in the same way. It is the seamless blend of the two that makes this album so unique and interesting.

The opening track (Gently) has an excellent melodic riff that harmonises itself nicely before the vocals and drum kick in. And you’d better be ready for when they do because it is so sudden. The vocals are spot on. Unlike most screamo on tracks where you may struggle to understand the singer as it’s too low or blends into the track, these vocals are clean and clear and stand out enough to set apart the lyrics but everything fits. The breakdown is slow and progresses nicely before its abrupt halt. I’ll let you listen to the rest of this track without spoiling too much of it because it’s definitely a blood pumper.

Fang & Amp is a track that builds from silence but it really doesn’t take long for the song to reach its full potential. I would say that there are subtle nods to other bands in the chorus although I cannot quite place my finger on it. However, I know that it lays towards The Five Hundred and their album Bleed Red in regards to its styling and almost clean vocals. Which isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it was one of my top 5 albums released last year. It’s definitely a standout track though.

The track Lone Wolf really kicks the album into another gear though. There’s no subtle build up here. It pounds straight into you like ten tonnes of bricks and I love it. The vocals here are a bit more like what you’d expect in death metal and almost crossed with really heavy punk tracks. Let me tell you something though, the solo on this track is something else. It’s short and sweet but the effect is devastatingly good. There are so many elements and layers in this track to discuss and I feel like me doing so won’t grant it any justice. The riffs, the melodies, the licks, the drum fills everything is just well…perfect. It’s rare to come across a track this excellent.

Overall, this band have self-released something that they should well and truly be proud of. It’s a breath of fresh air amongst the death metal and metalcore genre. Unfortunately, as much as I love both sub-genres they seem to be stuck in the same place and not many bands progress and try to do something new there. This band is different. They decided to take a new approach and the results paid off!

 

Review by Courtney Solloway
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