Blackened doomhounds CULTED have released their crushing new album, Oblique To All Paths. The album, released via Relapse Records, is a seven track monolithic beast that makes for a hefty slab of uneasy listening.
The album is streaming at Terrorizer’s website here, where the band – who are spread across two continents – have given a run down to the magazine of their inner workings. The album is also streaming on SoundCloud here.
Listed among Noisecreep’s Most Anticipated Releases of the month and an evocatively grim piece of sprawling doom metal, Oblique To All Paths is CULTED‘s second full-length and first recording in more than four years. Forged in 2007, CULTED‘s background is unique: Four band members spread out over Sweden and Canada, having never performed music in the same room as an entire band, instead joining creative forces through the marvels of modern technology to compose wholly compelling, finely executed doom metal. Although the CULTED cooperative – Klassen, Matthew Friesen (guitar/bass/percussion/noise), Kevin Stevenson (drums) and Daniel Jansson (vocals/ambience) – have yet to speak to each other in real time, they unite in mind and spirit through their musical manifestations. A truly collaborative effort across international lines, CULTED‘s bleak and epic masterworks of dystopian doom serve as a true testament to their long-distance accomplishments.
“It’s never less than satisfying – and more often as close to thrilling as music this deliberately anti-tempo can be” – KKKK – Kerrang! Magazine
“the bastard child of Sunn O))) and Khanate, conceived after a weird ritual in a forbidden cave, deep in the woods. Yet… something far more dangerous and devious.” – The Sleeping Shaman