Filling the footsteps of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with their amplifier-worship, The Cult of Dom Keller only care about sounding like a huge lumbering stone giant. If ever there was a fitting title to their album, it would be Goodbye to the Light, because their sound is so massive it will block out the sun.
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This new Cult of Dom Keller sarnie comes courtesy of the Fuzz Club, an imprint now so high in our priorities that a Normanite recently filed an Underground Youth record under “F” in our stock room. Good work, you’re fired. If ‘Goodbye to the Light’ is proof of anything, it’s how much more the Cult of Dom Keller want to be: more than psych rock, more than amplifier worship, more than what you expect of them.
It opens on a track both light as air and cold as ice, with a snarled vocal intersecting with wispy, cloud-strung vocals in a half shoegazed, half hard-strum backdrop. Eventually it erupts into a noisy outro, but it remains, in the main, anthemic. As if they want their gnarled jams to mean something, the vocal is mostly left clear enough to dissect, the grumbling bass and heavy-heart percussion, give or take the endless distortion, engineered quite precisely. “Ravens & Rockets” is the first track to appear properly psychedelic, with its wahing guitar riffs and sirening effects -- the band wait for the right moment to unleash their genre fandom.
Heavy is the heart, but delightful is the dynamism: as if anticipating the problem with making a samey (and same old) psych rock record, they transition with droney surface ruminations like “Deepest Pit of Emptiness”, which jumps about its segments in quite the pantomime. The reverberating closer “Shambhala is On Fire” overlays two vocal lines amidst a romantic trade-off of shoegaze and noise proper, once again reinforcing the band’s love of layers: not just the ugly, but the pretty that points to it. It’s a galloping epic of a closer, and by the time you’ve got there you’ll know a thing or two about this band and their multitudes.
9/10 Helen K Customer review, 16th August 2016
I have followed the Cult of Dom Keller from their first album to this, their biggest and most beastly release to date. Their first album was a superb hazy, world of weird and wonderful songs whilst their second album 'Second Bardo' was a much more meatier, jammier, experimental affair that blew my socks off. So... With baited breathe I awaited the new album...
On first listen I was totally blown away by the diversity and heaviness and depth to this record compared to the earlier albums but more importantly the song writing.
This is a record of total epicness - akin to travelling on a space goth journey through the dark - this is a body of work that levitates this band clearly out of the psych scene and into a league of their own.
The opening track 'hole in whole' is a brooding intro that gives birth to the kraut goth of 'Rockets and Ravens'. By this point the production shines and shimmers with heaviness and it feels like you're about to take part on an epic sojourn. Tracks like 'broken arm of God' and 'Shambhala on fire' have been doing the rounds on social media for a while now and they are definitely the heavyweight tracks on this album. What makes the record work so well is the way that instrumentals are used to move the music and tracks like 'tunnel in clouds' l echoes David lynch claustrophobia before it explodes into the epic, and I mean massively Eig 'exterminating Angels'. This track is huge, with guitars , guitars and guitars and weird melodies. The band are not afraid to experience (I see you, nothing left ,morgellons) as well as weird pop like being out the dead and the rockier Astrum Argentium.
In conclusion, this is the work of a confident band who seem unafraid to take risks and keep pushing and have produced an album of epic proportions that has taken the psychedelic sound to another place completely. Highly recommended and possibly my favourite record so far.
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