Although initially thrown by the muscular, Deicide-esque opening salvo, Cult Of Endtime here primarily focus on creating a limber but lumbering doom-death ‘n’ roll monster. However it’s the band’s restraint that is most commendable. The Finns combine subtle synth passages, colossal doom riffs and the twisting, labyrinthine structures of early Finnish death metal into a frighteningly tight and unified whole. When they rock out, as on ‘Cairns On Mercury’, the band’s instinct for dynamics and pacing are revealed in horrible splendour and this album truly comes to life. This writer, for one, is now prepared to face the void with a smile.
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