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Album Review

Cult Leader “A Patient Man” [Deathwish]

atavist   11/16/2021   A Library, CD

album cover artwork for A Patient Man by Cult Leader

Cult Leader work through their pain with two distinct aesthetics on A Patient Man. Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8: Raw and unyielding, pummeling onslaught, hardcore and metal mashed up in mathy structures. Pushed into the red, vocal chords strained to the point of shredding, whiplash chord changes, washes of screeching guitars. Tracks 4, 5, 9: sullen, sorrowful, almost plaintive ballads with rich, clean, baritone vocals. Tracks 3 and 10 are sort of hybrids of the two aesthetics, mixing the slow and mournful with the spitting fury. Crystal-precise engineering throughout by Kurt Ballou (the Converge guitarist who runs Godcity)—you’ll feel the bass strings rattling under your molars. FCC track 6.

you heard it 4 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 9 days ago, Atavist played Share My Pain
  • 23 days ago, Atavist played Isolation in the Land of Milk and Honey
  • 30 days ago, Atavist played A Patient Man
  • 31 days ago, Slartibartfast played Isolation in the Land of Milk and Honey
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