Cult Leader’s second extended-play is Useless Animal.The first two tracks are a feverish maelstrom of mathcore and crust punk much like their debut Nothing for Us Here. The third track is a nearly seven-minute long dirge cover of Mark Kozelek’s (of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon fame) “You Are Not of My Blood.” It prominently features Anthony Lucero’s baritone singing voice – a stark contrast to his manic screams in the other tracks. Useless Animal is very short, almost disappointingly so, seeing as how Nothing for Us Here was six tracks and double the run-time. Still, it’s a decent release in the metalcore/mathcore/crust punk amalgamation scene, and it is well at home on Jacob Bannon’s Deathwish record label.
1. Useless Animal – (1:14) – ★★★★☆
2. Gutter Gods – (1:12) – ★★★★☆
3. You Are Not of My Blood [Mark Kozelek cover] – (6:49) – ★★★☆☆
[UPDATE 24 March 2016: Changed the overall rating from three-and-a-half stars to three stars.]