The Cult of Fake is the newest album from Angelspit and like the last album it is mainly Zoog Von Rock on vocals. This however is not like the older discography, instead this sound is more of the EDM variety. I did not like this album the first listen to, aside from the first and title track “Cult of Fake”. I am not a fan of EDM at all, it just isn't my jam but in my outside personal life I am a very big Angelspit fan and I also like Zoog as a person so instead of writing it off as an album that I would never listen to again I gave it a another shot and this time I set aside my own contempt for EDM and focused on what Zoog had made. After the second listen through then the third I started to really like the album. The lyrics I think is for me what saved the album and peaked my interest. Zoog has said that he does not think of himself as a very talented lyricist (which I disagree full heartily). With what is going on in the world to have an honest lyrics only adds to why this album is worth listening to over and over again. For the most part it seems like a lot of bands are feeding us bullshit, lies that everything will get better, however Angelspit offers us the truth in our current state of dystoptia.
With the current political convention winding down its easy to get swept up and believe that at some point in time things might get better however Zoog offers us a very honest look into what life has become like for many people particularly in America. “Maintain the illusion thanks for your cooperation”, thank you for your honesty and allowing for the people like myself who are currently tired of the pop princesses and all that other bullshit who are playing for Clinton to speak an hones truth. Not only does this speak volumes of truth but it also helps for people like myself who feel isolated from the current situation because for some reason it feels like no one else is seeing what kind of horrors we are currently standing in as a global community. I know that I am not alone in feeling like this world is coming to a very strange Brave New World, 1984, Welcome to the Monkey House ending.
This is a winner of an album. Although my first impression was not positive, much like in my life nothing ever is but the fact that I continue to listen to it over and over again is the true testament to how I feel about it. It might be a different sound and as read in the interview there was all kinds of different techniques to make the sound the way that it is, (like listening to it through a cup to see what it sounds like? Pure fucking genius) the album still has a very much Angelspit sound and it will be really awesome to hear in place like Das Bunker, or other various clubs that play this kind of music.
Clutch's new album “Psychic Warolyfare” album starts off with a narrator asking for them to start at the beginning which is then introduced to “Psychic Warfare” and the lyrics of “I was getting a pack of the smokes”, indeed is the beginning of the story. This album is very conversational, which is meant that it is a story that is pretty cohesive through out the album. It was like there was an entire story that was meant to be told, much like a concept album expect it was more about the story rather then an album like Tommy.
This kind of lyric work is not an easy thing to achieve. Writing something that sounds conversational can come off as trying to hard or cheesy but to place it to lyrics and have it work is all together a talent of its own. Each song has a story and “Our Lady of Electric Light” sounds like it should be placed into a Quentin Tarantino film like Kill Bill or something like that. Aside from the exquisitely written lyrics the music in itself is very much on point. The sound and the mixing was perfect for this album. All of the sounds on the album are balanced and there is not an over load of drums, or bass or a lack of guitarist. Much like seeing the band in person the kind of energy flows through the album. The album is not very long and it goes by very fast. Before you know it you are on track 12,”Son of Virginia”, and you are thinking when did that happen? It could have easily been a longer album and it would not have been to much or anything at all. “Sucker for the Witch” is probably one of my personal favorites off the albums. The reference to Stevie Nicks and the Salem Witch trials all in one song and not sounding clunky or forced is just pure genius.
Very rarely do all of these work out so well. It is nice to hear a band that has been around for so long putting out an album that still holds true to not only there sound but finds a spot in contemporary society. It seems like now a days when a band has been around for a long time they want to try and blend with what is out now, they want to be relevant, this is however not the case with Clutch's album. But that does not mean that it does not have a place in this day in time. It seems that rock in all forms are having a nice over ride over a lot of this djing bull shit and this is one album that for sure gives those musicians a run for their money.