Rating:
6.9
Cardinals Folly - Our Cult Continues!
19 August 2014


01. Chant Of Shadows
02. Morbid Glory
03. The Black Baroness
04. Our Cult Continues!
05. Sighisoaran
06. Walvater Unveiled
07. The Lover´s Crypt
08. Fallout Ritualist


I'm not going to lie, I've spent tens of minutes staring at that cover artwork, trying to decipher what in the hell is going on there. Unfortunately for Cardinals Folly, the cover artwork is more captivating, and leaves a longer lasting impression than the music.

That's definitely a pretty harsh way of opening the review, as Our Cult Continues! isn't bad. Not bad at all. It's like those little scotch mints every old person has in their house; you'll eat them if they're there, and enjoy every minute of it, but you won't be making any frantic midnight trips to the convenience store to pick up a bag. It's pretty standard doom metal. The general picture is to take the melancholic vocal delivery found in some My Dying Bride work, played with a sludgy Reverend Bizarre appeal...less the grandiose leads and memorable hooks in the riff work.

Pick a track, any track on the album. If you like doom, chances are you'll be pleased with what you hear. Listening to this album in its entirety is a pretty big drag, though. By the end of the second track, you know exactly what Cardinals Folly's game is, and unlike Reverend Bizarre, the amount of truly memorable riffs seem to decrease the deeper you get. "The Lover's Crypt" has a pretty dope groove to it, and the main lick for the title track might cause a little bit of doom-salivation, but still the overall impression remains a little dry. At no point in the remaining thirty-plus minutes are you going to sit up and say "holy shit."

Our Cult Continues! is not a regretful listen, but unless you're a die-hard doom fanatic who can pick out non-existent subtleties in particular doom bands, this one just sort of blends in with the many other bedroom doom albums out there.


 



Written on 14.08.2014 by
Doc Godin
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Mattybu - 15.08.2014 at 02:24  
Lol, I knew exactly where that last link was going before clicking on it. Nice review man.
Ilham - 15.08.2014 at 02:45  
It's a female fire-eater and a bunch of minstrels entertaining a goat cardinal. But the goat doesn't seem to like it, and looks like he's disappointed in those people. Scene from everyday life.
LeKiwi - 15.08.2014 at 03:45  
Written by Ilham on 15.08.2014 at 02:45

Scene from everyday life.

Yup, especially that three-eyed octopus.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.08.2014 at 12:16  
Extremely average band who try to sound like Reverend Bizarre but fail dismally at it and the vocals are extremely grating and weak.
Btw the only band member who plays on this album and the previous e.p.'s and full-length is the vocalist/bass player.
mt_diablo - 26.08.2014 at 09:08  
Yes, absolutely. the drudkh/primordial-feeling guitars in few tracks definitely prove they try to sound like rev.biz... rev. biz. always did that kinda stuff with these tempoes... absolutely... LOL.... get real. this album is perhaps too long, but it sure as hell stands on it´s own within the realm of doom. the warning / burzum / saint vitus influences in some tracks are the most obvious ones, theme- and aesthetic-wise there is more similarity with bands like electric wizard / rev. biz...

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