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Soldiers of A Blackened War
October 2003
Released: 2003, Crash Music
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

The good people at Crash Music have sent us a number of new releases and I am going to do a little focus on five diverse releases on this up and coming label. Enjoy the reviews (Hedfirst, NDE, Throcult, Twelfth Gate, Unearthly) and don’t forget to check out our Crash Music Contest in our contest section. The answers to the trivia contest are found in these reviews so read all of them carefully and enter for your chance to win a CD from Crash!

Throcult have been watching a little bit of the Lords of The Rings on DVD methinks! The album cover has a pair of wraith-like soldiers of war-horses emerging from the dark forest. Very cool. This band looks, sounds and presents itself like a totally pro, world class act.

Their EP is seven songs, (six plus a short intro called ‘The Uprising’) and is very well put together. It has great packaging, lyrics, photos, notes and a multi-media section with videos and a bunch of other goodies.

Throcult with semi-legible logo are a blend of death and blackmetal…I’d say 60% black and 40% death but whose counting. The opening cut ‘Dark cloud holocaust’ starts with hyper-kinetic but simple riffing. The pull the brakes for a slower cut , the ominous and atmospheric ‘Hunted’ which reminds me in part of a horror movie soundtrack. It falls more into the death range, crunchier guitars and slower pace before taking off for the second half of the song.

Although decent the repetitive overuse of the harmonic single note squeal bothered me…throw in a lick instead. The mix sounded a bit thin to my ears, the drums were a bit tiny and too far back in the mix, I like my bass drum punchy. The vocals are screechy and screaming hints of black with the occasional death growl thrown in and the occasional high pitched shriek at times as well. Chris Vigil has a good strong sound for this type of material.

This six young Americans wear their influences on their sleeves but do the style very well and do add a few hints of flair; the keyboards, some samples, good vocal variety and decent arrangements especially on the song ‘Salem’. I feel they have what oit takes to stand out from the pack. We will have to see what the full-length holds in store.
Track Listing

1. The Uprising
2. Dark Cloud Holocaust
3. Hunted
4. Salem
5. Eclipse of The Bloodmoon
6. Kill or Be Killed


Chris Vigil-Vocals
Nick Jackson-Guitars
Ivan Alcala-Guitars
Cassie Begay-Bass
Brian Fisher-Keys, Vocals
Jeremy Portz-Drums



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