Dutch doom-metal outfit Doomcult returns with their third album titled Life has Failed. One hour of doom influenced by traditional doom, 90s doom/death (Anathema, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride), funeral, and bits of sludge. As always, Doomcult offers eerie atmospheres, plodding drums and sic melodies, combined with intense screaming. Thematically, Doomcult remain true to their own misanthropic discography, with blasphemous anti-establishment lyrics. For the first two albums Doomcult was hailed for their songwriting, now their songwriting sounds better than ever thanks to a superior production and the guest appearance of Rens van Herpt (Treurwilg) on vocals. The deep growls of Rens are combined with the screams by J.G. to give more diverse vocals. Additional guests are Willem Verachtert and Harm Neervens (from tribute band Imitallica). Awesome artwork was done by Unexpected Specter.
Doomcult is a solo project by J.G. Arts, a musician also involved with a.o. doom-metal band White Mare (with members of Duthaig, and Nightshade). J.G. did all guitars, mixing, and mastering of their debut album Isle of Bliss (released 2022), which (together with the pandemic) explains the longer time gap between the second and third album of Doomcult. J.G. is at present composing material for the second album of White Mare and the fourth album of Doomcult.
'Certainly being one of the most genuine and spectacular releases that I’ve ever heard on the genre’ Serge (merchantsofair.com)
‘Netherlands-based Death/Doom solo project Doomcult strike some serious gold with their sophomore full-length release’ by Chris Hawkins (doom-metal.com)