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Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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"Noisecult - End of Days CD review"

ratings out of 6

Production 4.5
Songwriting 4.5
Musicianship 4.0


IAN DUNCAN-BROWN


Interested in hearing Black Flag crossed with Black Sabbath? That’s pretty much what you’ll hear on NoiseCult’s latest, End of Days. Also present is the influence of outfits like Motorhead and AC/DC, which the band makes note of in their website bio. In addition, I personally detect a strong Testament influence in the band’s midpaced, thrashy sound. In short, End of Days is a fun, immediate album that doesn’t require too much concentration or deep thought. The band’s throwback style is an amalgam of different genres and is well worth checking out if you are an afficionado of any of the bands mentioned in this paragraph.

As is to be expected, the compositions are relatively simple, though it undoubtably takes a certain degree of skill to arrange a selection of catchy riffs in a complimentary manner, which is what NoiseCult have managed to do. The band makes sure that things are pretty varied, sometimes utilizing fast, punky riffing, and sometimes sticking to a slower tempo, like on the fourth cut, “Shadows of Doom,” where the pounding pace emphasizes the guitar parts. There’s not really a whole lot to say about the band’s songwriting; it’s solid, and exactly what you would expect due to the style that they play.

The musicianship isn’t particularly thrilling either, but once again, one must be mindful of the genre in question. Motorhead are never hailed for their technicality, or for having particularly intricate songwriting, for that matter. What NoiseCult are able to pull off is a tight sound with good hooks. The drumming is good, the guitar playing is good, and the bass guitar is solid, but nothing qualifies as mind-blowing. The band is strong vocally, with a frontman whose style is like Phil Anselmo’s, only rawer. The production is notable as well, sounding clear but also retaining a gritty rock ‘n’ roll vibe.

Is End of Days an amazing record? Is it worth running out and picking up immediately? Probably not. It is, however, very fun and enjoyable, and if you’re into some of the bands that NoiseCult borrows ideas from, you may want to check this stuff out. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed by this record. You get exactly what you expect.
- Metal Review.com


Discography

End of Days: full Length CD. 2005 release
One From None: Full Length CD 2006 release
Volume 3: Vociferous: Full Length CD 2007 release
My War My Enemy: Full Length CD 2009 release
Psychedelic Death Trip: Full Length CD 2012 release (coming summer 2012)

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Formed in 2004, Noisecult rose from the ashes of several years of musical wreckage and determination. Pieced together by the Original nucleus of Don Carr (Guitar & vocals) and Bo Heyward (Lead vocals), Noisecult is the product of a 10-year-old musical collaboration. Beginning in 1993, Carr and Heyward began forming various bands throughout the years combining their love of 1970s and underground metal, aggressive punk and the classic dark wall of sound pioneered by Black Sabbath.
Spring 2004, after a few year hiatus the two set out to finally bring together the band they had always strived to build. Planets aligned and there seemed no better time to form Noisecult. In late 2005, following the release of group’s first length CD, End of Days, the band played all the shows they could to get the material out there.
Through 2005 to 2009 Noisecult, Joined by bassist Sean Kay and drummers Matt McElroy and Ben Bomlitz, powered out a series of well-crafted self-produced albums. Noisecult is virtually an amalgam of metal, rock and punk. An original blend of styles that has the band reaching beyond the normal rock audience. This approach has created an open writing environment for all the band members to create Noisecult songs in a non-ridged no boundaries attitude.
After signing up with Stik Man Records in late 2007 Noisecult’s "Volume 3: Vociferous" expanded the group outside of the middle Tennessee area by radio airplay on 102.9 The Buzz as well as numerous college and internet stations across the country. The sales, requests and positive live show feedback surrounding the release of “Vociferous” stands as a testament that Noisecult is heading in the right direction. "I think anyone who likes good old style stoner rock, metal, punk, whatever, with good grooves, great lyrics, intense riffing and a raw in your face vocals will be able to get into what we've done on these CDs" states Don Carr.
With the success of “Vociferous” The band played as many shows as they could and planned their next musical assault. Building upon the strength of their own songwriting and a solid foundation of a hard hitting live act that could share the stage with a variety of styles and bands, Noisecult took to the studio to hammer out another slab of twisted punk metal. 2009’s “My War My Enemy” fast became a classic project that would see the band deliver a solid well received musical offering.
“Playing our songs live and feeding off the energy you get from a crowd is what this is all about” says bassist Sean Kay. The past couple of years saw Noisecult get some great exposure playing with some of punk and metal’s most revered underground heroes like: Iron Maiden’s former vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Corrosion of Conformity, Death Angel, Overkill, Weedeater, seminal punk icon’s FEAR, Skeletonwitch, Doro Pesch, Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna, Icarus Witch, crossover hardcore legends D.R.I, Zoroaster, Agent Orange, Warbringer, and doom metal stalwarts Trouble. Sean adds “our goal is to take our music as far as we can push it and get it out there to as many people we can by playing live”.
You can soon bring home some of that energy on the upcoming concert DVD entitled Live Raw Noise. The re-release expanded DVD is set to be released winter of 2012 celebrating Noisecult’s first 10 years. Plans are to include shows from the original and current lineup as well as surprises. The DVD as well as their entire catalog can be found on Stik Man Records. Head on over to noisecult.com, Amazon.com or stikmanrecords.com to pick up all your Noisecult cds and merchandise. You can also pick up your Noisecult tracks on iTunes, just search Noisecult.
2011 found Noisecult beginning the next chapter of their existence. With the addition to Vocalist Mike Liffick the band promises to take to the road even harder and to continue to mine the rock underground to develop their sound. The new lineup recorded an original heavy rock Christmas anthem entitled “All Around The Worl