By Jon Milton
The Cult of Dom Keller’s new album sees them ‘channelling recent limitations and turning them to their advantage…radically altering their creative approach and morphing their sound into a whole new beast’ and very well they do it too. ‘They Carried The Dead In A UFO’ is dark, moody and immersive, like an industrial noise-rock version of Massive Attack’s ‘Mezzanine’.
They Carried The Dead In A UFO begins with the psychedelic ‘Run From The Gullskinna’ and ends in the drone rock of ‘Last King Of Hell’. In between it all gets pretty woozy – clanging metal, eerie organs, and rumbling bass awash with vocals that swirl above and below the mix, real head music for the willing escapist.
The Mezzanine vibe comes out most in ‘Lyssa’ and ‘She’s Turning Into A Serpent’ and there are touches of (Contino Sessions) Death In Vegas and (Dig Your Own Hole) Chemical Brothers in play too. Just at the point when you’re almost completely under, ‘Amazing Enemy’ kicks in like a new dawn rising. Lovely stuff.
There are times when listening to They Carried The Dead In A UFO that you feel like you could be in film (Bladerunner probably) and at other times in a dream, or a narcotic haze. It’s a powerful piece of music that messes with your head, and that can only be a good thing.
They Carried the Dead In A UFO is out now on Fuzz Club Records. Listen / Buy at
They Carried The Dead In A U.F.O | Cult Of Dom Keller | Fuzz Club Records (bandcamp.com)