Blackened Industrial doom machine CULTED have released a brand new music video for the track “Crush My Soul” which was originally written by GODFLESH. The track is taken from the freshly released album Nous. Make sure to check out the new video below.
1: Lowest Class
3: One Last Smoke
4: Ankle Deep
5: Black Bird
6: Opiate the Hounds
8: Crown of Lies
9: The Grid
10: Crush My Soul (GODFLESH cover)
CULTED crawled forth from the icy expanse of the Canadian prairies and the Nordic coast of Sweden. Michael Klassen and Matthew Friesen were approached by Daniel Jansson to collaborate on an international project. In 2008, these ideas began to coalesce, with fellow Canadian Kevin Stevenson joining the cult to start the recording of their first LP Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep, as well as the EP Of Death and Ritual.
2013 saw the release of the follow-up full-length,Oblique to All Paths which was written, recorded, and produced in various closets, basements, dens, and domiciles. In 2019, CULTED continue their down-tempo exploration of blackened and industrial soundscapes with ‘Vespertina Synaxis; A Prayer for Union and Emptiness’. The mini-album finds its inspiration in the isolation, alienation, and damnation that dominates the rime-encrusted lands CULTED inhabit.
CULTED further explores their relationship with doom, black metal, and industrial on yet another experimental effort in which the band’s collective agony is translated into something both nihilistic and tangible through dissonant soundscapes. Each song is a nightmare in the abyss, dragging the listener through caverns of inexplicable darkness and suffering.
Exemplifying the themes, meditations, and diatribes of the human condition, Nous, which roughly translates to “common sense” or “practical intelligence,” explores both the religious and conspiratorial processes of the mind within the framework of critical thought. According to biblical scripture, Satan convinced Eve that the most powerful of conspirators – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – were secretly trying to keep the first humans shrouded in a veil of ignorance, preventing them from becoming “like God” and “knowing good and evil.” Eve became the first in a long line, from Gnostics to flat-earthers, to believe powerful forces were withholding secret information. Nous attempts to know God or the inner essence or principles of created things by means of direct perception. Nous must be carefully distinguished from reason as it does not formulate abstract concepts or argue them using deductive reasoning, but rather, it understands divine truth by means of immediate experience. Thelema of the gods.
To further solidify these introspective concepts, the cover art is an interpretation of the Temptation of St. Anthony who was one of the first monks to retire to the desert to devote himself to fasting and prayer, which is an often-repeated subject in the history of art and literature, especially concerning the supernatural temptation reportedly faced by Saint Anthony during his sojourn in the Egyptian desert. The art encapsulates both the music and lyrical concept, visually.
Matthew Friesen: guitar, bass, keyboards, noise and percussion
Michael Klassen: guitar, bass, keyboards, noise and percussion
Kevin Stevenson: drums and percussion
Daniel Jansson: vocals and noise