Last fall Cult of Extinction emerged from the bowels of some hellish horror pit to deliver the destructive fruits of malignant conceptions, a self-released demo tape aptly entitled Black Nuclear Magick Attack. It seized the attention of both Sentient Ruin Laboratories and Atavism Records, who will jointly be releasing this monstrosity far and wide on March 30th in both 7″ vinyl and tape formats, as well as digitally. One excerpt premiered not long ago at Metal injection, and today we present another, which is the EP’s terrifying title track.
Cult of Extinction is the work of a single anonymous German creator, who seems both possessed by demonic forces and possessed of a certain kind of sadistic genius. He has waded into the toxic territory ruled by such warlords as Blasphemy, Revenge, Nuclearhammer, Temple Nightside, and Necroholocaust, and has emerged with music that upholds the standards of annihilating savagery that govern war metal, yet delivers more than the mere mindless and murky bludgeoning often vomited forth by less talented practitioners.
Of course, “Black Nuclear Magick Attack” (the song) will surely still send many listeners running for the hills, but for those with a refined taste for black/death chaos, it will prove electrifying.
The song is, among other things, quite crushing, thanks to its massive, low-frequency undertones and the deep resonance of its frenzied and heaving riffs. It’s also a vortex of violence, a vector of disease, a carrier of radioactive poison. The music’s atmosphere is undeniably unhealthy and intensely inhuman. The low, growling vocals manifest the voracious hunger of an infernal beast beast, while the lunatic shrieks channel the ravings of a banshee. The drum attack is a strafing run, but you’ll feel the rhythmic crack of the snare in the back of your neck.
And perhaps most striking of all are the spears of dissonant, alien melody that shred through the war storm. They ring out, spiral up and out in unearthly magnificence, and burn like a fatal fever.
This is only a 13-minute EP, but it makes an explosive and memorable impression, with dynamics of sound that aren’t commonplace in this kind of slaughtering metal niche. It makes this writer eager to hear what Cult of Extinction might concoct next.
Black Nuclear Magick Attack will be released on March 30. Pre-order links are below (Sentient Ruin for North America, Atavism for Europe), along with the track that previously premiered at Metal injection (“Gazing Upon the Eternal Throne of Death“) and of course our own debut of the title track.
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