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Sons Of Cult - Back To The Beginning review



Reviewer:
7.7

21 users:
6.71
Band: Sons Of Cult
Album: Back To The Beginning
Release date: January 2023


01. Fighters
02. But Not Me
03. Fake
04. Evil Trail
05. Always
06. The Farewell Song
07. The Power Of Music
08. I Don't Care
09. War
10. I Wanna Go Out
11. Desert Song [Michael Schenker Group cover] [bonus]


If you're a fan of traditional heavy metal and in need of something to lift your wintry blues, then here's a real headbanger's delight that will surely do just that!

Welcome to the new Spanish heavy metallers Sons Of Cult, introducing their fine debut album to us Back To The Beginning. This band only formed back in the recent year of 2021, despite playing like heavy metal veterans themselves. The way to best describe this band is that they play with a no-nonsense, solid traditional heavy metal approach; it's almost as if they had been trapped in some kind of time capsule dating back to the 80s, only for their music to be released before us now.

Now there's nothing original or out of the ordinary from these folks; they may keep things simple but the band is certainly no gimmick. There is still plenty of headbangable material to be enjoyed throughout this album, from the outrageous groovy riff melodies, to the impressive lead guitar solos, and from the catchy songwriting to the powerful vocals. It's clear that Sons Of Cult have taken inspiration from the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon and AC/DC, but what is unclear to me is which band had inspired them most of all. Each song contains several noticeable influences taken from each of those bands mentioned.

The album kicks off with "The Fighter", a song that could easily be considered a classic heavy metal anthem, with its highly addictive riff melodies and catchy chorus harking back to the golden era of the NWOBHM. Their old-school energy only continues to surge through the rest of the ten tracks, exciting us with many more memorable choruses and catchy riffs; however, there is also a Michael Schenker Group cover, "Desert Song", a pleasant hidden track at the end of the album's playlist. A key factor for me is Jaume Vilanova's singing style; his vocals have an interesting distinctive deep raspy sound, very similar to that of Manilla Road, but there is also a distorted grunge effect present giving them that extra oomph.

I understand the song titles aren't the sharpest; they do sound a little cliché I admit. I mean, titles such as "The Power Of Music", "I Don't Care" and "I Wanna Go Out" might make you dubious about what to expect, but don't let them put you off completely; this isn't as soppy or generic as they might suggest.

Back To The Beginning is not original in the slightest, but it's everything I admire about heavy metal; it's simplistic, but it's a real headbanger.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 5
Production: 8





Written on 07.01.2023 by And well there you have it.


Comments

Comments: 9   Visited by: 79 users
08.01.2023 - 12:08
Rating: 7
tominator
At best deranged
This one is on my list to listen to. Sounds like it will offer a nice blend of traditional heavy metal and hard rock. Simple and effective can be something really enjoyable from time to time.
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08.01.2023 - 12:41
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by tominator on 08.01.2023 at 12:08

This one is on my list to listen to. Sounds like it will offer a nice blend of traditional heavy metal and hard rock. Simple and effective can be something really enjoyable from time to time.

It's simple and not too heavy but it's catchy and effective the way I like it. The vocals will be an acquired taste for most listeners though but I like the style, they have a certain character and charm about them.
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08.01.2023 - 12:59
JoHn DoE

I might check this one out.
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09.01.2023 - 12:04
Rating: 6
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
A lot more melodic and hard rock-ish than the album cover would imply. Vocals sound a bit too disengaged for my taste.
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09.01.2023 - 12:58
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Written by RaduP on 09.01.2023 at 12:04

A lot more melodic and hard rock-ish than the album cover would imply. Vocals sound a bit too disengaged for my taste.

The cover is quite deceiving, it looks like a more suitable cover for an extreme power or folk metal album.
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09.01.2023 - 17:50
Callisto

I think the production doesn't do any favors to the voice, way too much reverb. But hey, that is epitome of the 80's vocal production so I guess it's coherent.

For the rest, it is well executed classic hard/heavy rock, not very original but effective.
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10.01.2023 - 11:04
Dylan 1974

Just checked this out. It should tick every box for me but unfortunately, it's pretty average - surprised Andy gave this a 7.8 as I often agree with his ratings and reviews.

It just sounds strangely half-arsed to me.
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12.01.2023 - 02:09
Rating: 7
mikeprado30

Nice album, but the vocals weren't so good.
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19.01.2023 - 05:17
Rating: 7
ScreamingSteelUS
Editor-in-Chief
The vocal approach is definitely a risky one, as the singer is on a totally different energy wavelength from the rest of the band ("disengaged" is a good word). It's not surprising that that would be the main deal-breaker. It actually works for me, though; the songwriting isn't interesting enough for me to get too enthusiastic, so I wouldn't go quite as high as your rating, but something about the combination of that spaced-out singing and the otherwise tight, melodic rock/metal is eminently listenable. Manilla Road is a good comparison: they don't sound that alike vocally or musically, but the aesthetic is kind of the same.
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