Symbol Of Domination&Ira Militias Prod., 26.06.17
French Cult Of The Horns was started by N. and only remaining original member Mephisto in 2013. The two seem to be the protagonists behind Ira Militias who Satanath's sub-label S.o.D. co-releases this debut with.
The one-man cult plays death/black with a rather primitive, occult and raw touch. Mephisto has left the drum duties to Naja-Atra, who hammer in several lesser-known black metal constellations, as well as in a brutal deathrash band. The man can nail robe-clad fanatics to their cross where and whenever necessary, and Mephisto twist and distort both strings and throat.
It took a few spins for the album to grow before it eventually sticks.
The album begins with an excerpt from John F. Kennedy's speech “The President and the Press” (1961) set to an evocative orchestral “film score” with overtones of militant brass. The President's bodeful warning words about conspiracy and imminent danger set a disturbing tone when taken a bit out of context. But this suits Chapter I - Domination well, for the Cult Of The Horns found their works on sowing fear, distrust and resentment. I suspect that the horned cult feed on the same negative energies that they sow, just as you can feed on self-grown vegetables, or pretty much just like how those pulling the strings, the anonymous men in shadow governments, exploit the very fear they themselves create to justify their own secrecy. But that's just a conspiracy theory on my part.
Through songs with titled such as Mass Destruction Supremacy, World Conspiracy and Domination comes crushing, brutal and negatively charged aggression. A display of hate and anger with violently angered rifling, vocal and rhythms with roots in Morbid Angel, a dash of Marduk and a hint of deranged thrash. Subsequently the band arouse, stir and call for rebellion and rioting through Revolts (The Final Uprising), which ends with samples of a noisy crowd in the background. The band's slaying drift, and the amount of details in combination with dozens of killer and memorable riffs distinguishes this rather unknown Frenchman from many of those who with varying success try to do the same.
Betrayal and Divide & Conquer both takes some time to build up an eerie mood before more chaos and violence once again hit the listener in the jugulars in violent waves. The latter song with samples taken from the documentary Zeitgeist, with a monologue of Jordan Maxwell, not particularly well-known and rather controversial philosopher and author who questions the origin of religions and is almost unhealthily obsessed with the idea of, among other things, secret societies and suspicious brotherhood alliances. This again helps to pour gasoline on the fire what fear and suspicion concerns.
With Worship of the Idol and Eradication, there is a lot of cataclysmic full-throttle downpour, which unfortunately affect the alarming atmosphere that parts of the album provide with negative consequences. Outro - A New Order... seek to make amends with the "I'm mad as hell" monologue from the movie Network (1976).
Chapter I - Domination is an album that almost succeeds in spreading panic by imprinting theories of plots and conspiracies in the listeners' minds, but that due to its manic raging rants, allows the listener to pull out of the hypnotic manipulation. This does not prevent the music from being among the better that black-coloured death metal has to offer, though. The music might not be completely outstanding, but I'd say it's far above average. Thus I feel that the highest rating best reflects its quality. Cult Of The Horns is a name for fans of old school extreme metal, delivered with vitality and conviction, to watch out for.