Baxaxaxa – Catacomb Cult CD
Baxaxaxa – 'Catacomb Cult' CD
In 2021 at long last, nearly 30 years after their original formation, Baxaxaxa release their debut album: Catacomb Cult. Exquisitely OLD and proudly so, Catacomb Cult is everything a Baxaxaxa full-length should be: patiently hammering, ghoulishly atmospheric, and reeking of sulfur. But for as much as the album sounds like quintessential Baxaxaxa, the band prove they’re not without surprises or at least subtle developments in their ever-uncompromising sound. For one, the production’s clear and cutting, revealing every haunting nuance without sacrificing a whit of grit. For another, the songwriting across Catacomb Cult no doubt whips forth a fury at times, but equally so does it display a more doomed-out gait that gives depth and dynamics – and yes, a truly catacombed feel. Same, too, for their characteristically medieval synths, tastefully applied and lingering like funeral fog.