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Shadow Music Ryan Harding Review by
Ryan Harding

The Dutch are breeding metallers of a most extreme nature. CENTURIAN, UNLORD, GOD DETHRONED, DEAD HEAD, among others, and now THE KUNTAUTCULT. The cool thing about the aforementioned bands is how they only intersect by way of intensity; their styles are their own. THE KUNTAUTCULT is no exception.

Take the grinding intensity of CRYPTOPSY and add a little catchiness that manages not to sicken, and you’ve got a very spastic, blasting entity on your hands. And insanity? Would you expect something else from a band with a song title like "Axe Rectal Trunk Pisser?" That’s only the tip of the iceberg. A sense of humor is very apparent with these guys, as the cover of "Venus" perfectly exemplifies. Who’d have thought you could turn that radio favorite into a death-grind flesh-peeler? Just add some rapid double bass and accelerate the tempo to blasting territory and beyond. There are also two mock acoustic songs, the irony being that they’re actually very well played. If they didn’t precede songs like the manic "Use Your Dagger" and if they didn’t have names like "From the Pits of Hell" and "My Beds are Made of Turds," you’d probably be fooled. "Pop Goes the Weasel" stops for a sample you may recognize from Rodriguez/Tarantino’s FROM DUSK ‘TILL DAWN, and just as quickly picks up again. "Galaxy Legends" speeds away before suddenly stopping to segue into the music from CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

The song lengths alternate, with "Use Your Dagger" ending near six minutes and "120 Bar of Pressure Up Your Appendix" finishing in less than one. The coherent production works well in their favor, and you really have to like something where the riding double bass hits are as loud as the snare during the blasts. There’s a great level of creativity and intensity throughout FROM THE PITS . . ., and while I was expecting a great deal of craziness I still got a lot more than I bargained for. Buy, buy, buy.


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