Album of the day: The Cult of Dom Keller – S/T

Lovingly pinched from I’ve Got LEVITATION: In 2008, four guys in Nottingham formed a band, started to jam, and decided to call themselves, The Cult of Dom Keller. Fast forward to 2013, and it’s crazy to think it’s been 5 years since they picked up their instruments. For me, it seems like just yesterday I was getting EP1 in the post.

The Cult of Dom Keller

For the band, I’m sure it has seemed like ages. After releasing a number of EPs, working their collective butts off; promoting, writing and playing gigs (including the famed Austin Psychfest in 2011 and 2013) they finally have a debut record to hang their hats on. And what an album it is. Released in Europe on both Mannequin Records (vinyl) and Cardinal Fuzz (CD), and in the US on the Reverberation Appreciation Society label (blue vinyl, limited to 500), their self-titled will melt your head. I know, we’ve probably heard that statement so many times, but really…if any album can melt your head, I truly believe it to be this one.

The album consists of 11 tracks, with 8 of them being pulled from EPs 1-3, and ‘Swamp Heron’, ‘Nowhere to Land’ and ‘All I Need is Not Now’, being the three previously unreleased tracks. All songs are remastered by Brett Orrisson, best known for being the sound man for the Black Angels.

There are a lot of dark, almost destructive like, musical undertones, with the distorted growling bass and fuzzed out guitar, which are prevalent throughout the record. There is such an attitude and ambience about this album, that you can’t help but feel you’re going on a spiritual journey of sorts.

From the very first notes of the opening track, you already have a good idea what is in store. ‘Swamp Heron’ kicks off the album, and just like a sludge induced monster coming to life, the filthy and dirty sound of the bass and guitar ooze out your speakers.

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