CD review CULT OF LILITH ‘Mara’

Cult Of Lilith is a band, hailing from Island and being anchored in Death Metal. The smaller island in the North delivers a relatively big number of excellent bands and the quintet is a rather new Death Metal volcano.

Having had a starting point in 2015, a first EP called ‘Arkanum’ unfold as a self-release in 2016. The five song containing disc was a springboard for the guys and led to a deal with Metal Blade Records. Pretty much five years after having started the band, Cult Of Lilith has the full-length debut ready to be shipped to the record stores.

‘Mara’ is the name of the album that carries eight musical curveballs. As mentioned, the guys play Death Metal that has a strong technical aspect weaved in. This makes the songs on the album interesting but also heavy to digest. Partly the guys are a bit ahead of themselves and it takes a while and few spins on the record player before the songs unveil their details and twists.

The guys aren’t afraid of including real turns within their songs and ‘Profeta Paloma’ reflects this very well. To include Latin/Spanish influences that include castanets in a brutal Tech Death Metal track is something you don’t expect necessarily. Unusual is the best word to describe the way ‘Le Soupir du Fantome’ gets out of the box. Acoustic and with classic singing, the song starts different and is a counterpart to ‘Comatose’, the latter being the ultimate fusion of craziness, creativity and genius.

‘Mara’ is an album that aims for Metal enthusiasts that appreciate Metal with complexity, layers and moves. It’s not the simple headbanging riff you get from the guys from Island. Those are part of the album too, but weaved into a context that is wider, more technical and constantly changing. All in all a good debut album that creates the foundation for some hopefully well-placed next steps.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Cosmic Maelstrom
  2. Purple Tide
  3. Enter the Mancubus
  4. Atlas
  5. Comatose
  6. Profeta Paloma
  7. Zangano
  8. Le Soupir du Fantome

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Technical Death Metal

Release Date EU: September 4th, 2020

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