CULT LEADER

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A Pa­tient Man

DEATHWISH INC Salt Lake City chaos­mon­gers take a twin-track route to dev­as­ta­tion

A Pa­tient Man is a record of two emo­tions: ag­gres­sion and sad­ness. Open­ing on the hel­la­cious I Am Healed, this is un­con­trol­lable, grind­ing crust that’s con­stantly on the at­tack, given a ter­ri­fy­ing edge by An­thony Lucero’s acidic roars, like a caged an­i­mal look­ing for a weak spot to break free and seek re­venge. But there is vul­ner­a­bil­ity. Amid the chaos sit dark brood­ing tales in the vein of Nick Cave. To Achlys shows a warmer side in search of re­ju­ve­na­tion: a cry for help in­stead of vi­o­lence. Sur­rounded by fur­ther blasts of in­ten­sity with lyrics writ­ten in piss and vine­gar, Cult Leader tackle reli­gion, death, pain and sur­vival, de­liv­ered in a voice that darts from Beelze­bub to Gabriel. Closer The Bro­ken Right

Hand Of God is dev­as­tat­ing, as drain­ing as it is ful­fill­ing. You’ll need some quiet time af­ter this.

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