I first came across this French doom band when I checked out the Master Of Reality: CVLT Nation Sessions, which featured notable doom bands Primitive Man, Rorcal, Usnea & Graves At Sea covering Black Sabbath tracks alongside Bongripper and Albino Panther (whom I'd never heard of). You can stream said sessions here - http://www.cvltnation.com/cvlt-nation-sessions-black-sabbath-master-reality/.
I was surprised and dirtily heavy Cult Of Occult were and when I found out that UK doom label Dry Cough Records has pre-orders up for this tape, I flew straight in there. With their only previous release being a self-titled EP in 2012, Cult Of Occult released this record initially in 2013 on CD, via Totalrust Music. The band then came to the attention of Dry Cough and Breathe Plastic Records, who released Hic Est Domus Diaboli on tape earlier this year together. They are also coming to these shores this December, with date planned in London, Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol.
1. In Vino Veritas
2. Pro Diabolus
3. Opus Ad Odio
6. Magna Eripe
Feedback is the staple of doom and in fact, most slow heavy music. It sets a tone for the music and if it screeches enough, it can set you teeth on edge, That’s what happens with the very first ring on opener In Vino Veritas. Cult Of Occult use it to open up the first couple of minutes of Hic Est Domus Diaboli before the crunching, lurching guitars, crashing cymbals and low-growls vocals kick in. I’ve stood transfixed at doom gigs many a time in the past and Cult Of Occult sound like exactly the sort of band that would induce an out of body experience.
Stream it here:-
You can buy Hic Est Domus Diaboli on tape, CD and via digital download from the band directly above.
You can also buy it on tape and CD from the below labels:-
Dry Cough Records - http://drycoughrecords.bigcartel.com/products
Breathe Plastic Records - https://breatheplastic.bandcamp.com/album/hic-est-domus-diaboli
Totalrust Music - http://www.totalrust-music.com/Releases
Cult Of Occult Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cultofoccult
Dry Cough Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DryCoughRecords
Breathe Plastic Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/breatheplastic
Totalrust Music Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TotalrustMusic