Ctulu is easily one of my favorite black metal acts. While today’s top tier black metal groups opt for symphonic elements and overtly complex arrangements, Ctulu goes in the opposite direction. Embracing the road paved by black metal’s origins. Stripped down, cold and calculating, they attack with a swift viciousness that cannot be denied.
Ctulu are from Germany and the band has been active since 2004. To be honest, I was surprised they already had a new effort ready. Riding the success of their self-titled release which was made available just last year. I was worried the new EP, Cultus in Tenebris, might be a sub-par effort, a collection of ‘leftovers’ from last year’s triumph. Fortunately, that is not the case. The Ctulu standard of quality metal is kept intact. This four-song EP is every bit as venomous as last year’s full-length effort.
All four tracks kick some major ass but the song “Inanna (Anian Veneris)” is easily my favorite. With a vibe reminiscent of Mayhem’s Grand Declaration of War, the song has a more epic quality than the rest of the material but in my mind that’s what makes it great.
Black metal’s presentation has been convoluted over the years and the music has suffered as a result. It’s time for this genre to get back to the basics, a logic and mentality Ctulu understands all too well. I urge you to check out Ctulu’s Cultus in Tenebris. It’s time to experience black metal reborn! \m/
1. Bis du mein lebendiger Altar bist
2. Ctulu Fhtagn
3. Inanna (Anina Veneris)
4. Mare Belli
M. (2004-) – Guitar, Chorals
A. (2008-) – Guitar, Bass, Chorals
I.D. (2013-) – Drums