Staffordshire based black metal outfit Saarkoth follow up 2018’s ‘Jera’, with the brand new full-length album ‘Cult of Nature’ Mixed and Mastered by Mike Hardisty
Earlier this year Saarkoth released the 17 minute “Follow the Cult” which was widely praised and rightfully so and I was excited to hear what the band would do next, the result – “Cult of Nature“.
Opener “Never The End” is melodic, purposeful, and full of raw emotion, I especially love the doom sounding ladenness of the start that then twists into a ferocious molten of terror, and with the track that was the first taste of the album “Rains Over A Dying World” following I can already feel this creeping into people’s end of year lists.
“The Great Filter” has some wonderful guitar work which compliment the thunderous drums & vocals incredibly well – my highlight track of the album.
“Burn The Forest Down” ushers in the midway point of the album, for “Sanctuaries Of Oak” that in parts were a welcome throwback to the mid-’90s and the changing tempo parts were much needed as “Praying To Man” swoops with its ongoing onslaught which also features a guest solo from Ryan Wills.
One of the shorter tracks “May Winter Bury The April Flowers” would’ve been a great final track but then we wouldn’t get the menacing masterpiece that is “Questions For The Heavens” which perfectly encapsulates the aura of the band superbly.
A stunningly stark exploration of humanity and nature.
4.5 out of 5 skulls
Cult of Nature is out now
Ellis Arnott – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys
Lewis Baker – Guitars
Mike Hardisty – Drum Programming, Mixing, Mastering