German Black Metallers Ctulu have four full length albums under their belt and this is actually the first time our paths have crossed.
Their back history is of a band with an ever changing line-up, and a gradual increase in their live performances and profile etc… and all of that experience is now showing through on this new 4 tracker.
Although the musical styles are completely different, Ctulu seem to have adopted the formula that Amon Amarth have put to good use. Create a good, distinct sound and continually tweak it as you get better with each release.
Part of Ctulu’s sound is straight forward Black Metal. No real frills, just a very solid and a simple winning formula. The other side of the coin, which I absolutely love, is when the vocals switch to a more choral, chanting style.
It blends seamlessly with the music, and although it’s probably from an old German dialect, to me, devoid of any knowledge, it does have a Scandinavian feel to it… something akin to what our Norwegian cousins have created. Looking at the titles, it might even be Latin, a language I did study in my early teens (a long time ago). Whatever it is, I like it.
And Ctulu have done enough for me to want to check out their past releases, which is always a good sign that a band are doing something right.
If I had to sum up this release with one single word, it would be “intriguing”.