Drug Cult’s self-titled first release comes fully formed like a seasoned veteran band hitting it’s creative peak. Guitars grind and wail on opening track Serpent Therapy as if they are awakening from a long slumber before finally hitting a groove above two and half minutes into the song. The Wall is the absolute highlight of the album that breaks open with lumbering riff that seems to gain steam like a charging elephant. The song contains a sweet hook that nearly turns the song into a hummable tune.
The tone and feel of the album is very much set through the production, especially with the sound of Aasha Tozer’s voice weaving with the guitars and frequently rising above the fuzz. It has the vintage feel of an Electric Wizard album with a cleaner sound and without the movie clips. Bloodstone late in the album seems to capture that drugged out feel that I think the album is attempting to convey. Hearing Tozer hypnotically repeat “Blood is the drug I have been searching for… I want more” creates a chilly soundscape unique to the album. My guess is that this album will show up on many “best of” lists coming our way in a couple months.