Cult Leader – Nothing for Us Here

Cult Leader - Nothing for Us Her

What do you do when your frontman is accused of sexually assaulting a fan? Start another band, I guess.1 Such are the circumstances surrounding Cult Leader, of which three members were metalcore/sludge metal group Gaza.2 Nothing for Us Here contains that newfangled experimental metal that’s the hallmark of Deathwish, Inc.3: mathy, crust punk riffs with a significant grindcore influence.

It’s a promising EP; the first two tracks are stellar exercises in noise metal à la RACEBANNON or early Daughters. The middle three tracks are thrash and punk, very similar to Converge on When Forever Comes Crashing. “Driftwood” closes the EP on a melodic note, with a slowly ringing two-note riff that recalls Vanna’s “The Things He Carried” from Curses. Nothing for Us Here is not sonically separable from the tons of similar albums out on Deathwish, but it does show that it’s worth keeping an eye on Cult Leader through their new-ish career.4

1. God’s Lonely Children – (1:38) – ★★★★★
2. Flightless Birds – (2:19) – ★★★★★
3. Mongrel – (2:36) – ★★★☆☆
4. Indoctrinator’s Deathbed – (2:10) – ★★★★☆
5. Skin Crawler – (2:52) – ★★★☆☆
6. Driftwood – (6:05) – ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★½☆

[UPDATE 26 April 2016: Changed the overall rating from four stars to three-and-a-half stars.]

1I mean, I guess.
2Which was a pretty good band in its own right. I’ll get to them one day.
3Which just so happens to be Cult Leader’s record label.
4And that album artwork is pretty badass. I have it in poster form from when I originally reviewed the album at WVFS Tallahassee.

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