Culted are a band with members from both Sweden and Canada that plays a blackened form of doom metal with elements of sludge and this is a review of their 2014 album "Oblique To All Paths" which was released by Relapse Records.
"Brooding Hex" which is the first song on the album opens up with dark ambient drone sounds and a few seconds later clean guitars are added into the music along with some heavy guitar riffs and drums shortly after that which also leads up to grim black metal screams and after awhile you can hear experimental elements being mixed in with the heavy parts and as time goes on by growls are added into certain sections of the music, halfway through the song the bass guitars get more powerful sounding as well as the music adding in more melody and towards the end the music goes into a more drone/noise direction.
"Illuminati" begins with spoken word samples before adding in heavy doom metal guitars along with some drums and black metal vocals and after awhile atmospheric and drone elements are added into the music and towards the end experimental and noise elements are added the music.
"Intoxicant Immuration" opens up with harsh noise and drone sounds before adding in drums and doom metal guitar riffs and a few seconds later spoken word samples are added into the music and after a few minutes black metal screams are added into the music while also bringing back spoken word parts at times.
"March Of The Wolves" starts up with dark and heavy doom metal guitar riffs and drums and a few seconds alter melody and bass guitars are added into the music along with some black metal screams and towards the end elements of drone are added into the song.
"Distortion Of The Nature Of Mankind" kicks in with drone sounds along a dark atmosphere
and a few seconds alter spoken word parts are added into the music and it serves as an intro for the next song.
'Transmittal" comes in with heavy and dark sounding guitar riffs as well as some drums and a few seconds alter melodic guitar leads and bass guitars are added into the music, a minute alter avant garde sounds and spoken word samples become a part of the music which also leads up to black metal screams a couple of minutes as well as the music getting more melodic and towards the end, the more experimental sounding elements make a return while also remaining heavy at the same time.
"Jeremiad" which is also the last song on the album begins with tribal style percussion beats which leads up to some black metal screams and clean guitars a few seconds later as well as some drums along with some dark sounding guitar riffs and after awhile spoken word samples are added into certain parts of the music and towards the edn elements of drone are added into the music.
Song lyrics cover dark, occult and Illuminati themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound along with most of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Culted are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, doom and sludge and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Illuminati" and "Transmittal". RECOMMENDED BUY.