Iona Death Cult | ‘Aid To Worship’
Let’s take a gamble here.
It isn’t the finished article, nor is it anywhere even close.
It’s flawed, with plenty of work needing done all over the place.
But this is a diamond in the rough, and no mistake. The tone, the sonic plough, the spirit in it, and the vision, all combine to make it a brilliant, brilliant release – even if its essentially a demo.
Right from the start it screams individualism.
The caustic, elastic bass finds its note only at the end of the pluck, before diving into a Crowbar-rusted swing that just pulses forward like fuck.
And yes, here is the first (and lasting) big flaw: the vocals are produced poorly, sitting badly in the mix and sung in a matter that isn’t entirely convincing, at least where notes are concern, rather than bellows.
‘The Apathy Of Ghosts’ is a track written by guys that either know exactly what they’re doing or have an inbuilt knack for groove, The Riff and the epic. Everything about it is cool.
The low down and dirty shuffle opening of ‘Slumlord’ recalls a bit of 90’s Corrosion of Conformity in a way – probably from around ‘Wiseblood’, if my ears are still working properly. It’s definitely in there.
And its in this track that one of the more surprising elements of the band’s sound blasts through: a wonderful, fluid and incredibly technically accomplished solo in the style of later Dimebag soaring over the top of it.
Who saw that coming in what’s effectively some pretty approachable sludge?
No-one, that’s who.
Killer track follows killer track. Does ‘Kafka’ reference the Police’s ‘Invisible Sun’? I dont know – maybe. It’s a moody interlude.
The whole thing is just immersive, melding metal, grunge, sludge, caustic guitars, snappy cymbals and tight snares into a completely listenable and more importantly memorable whole.
A fantastic offering.
– 4.2 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 17/04/18