Cruel As The Grave
Befittingly self-described as “elevator music for the end of the world”, Catacomb Saints kick things off with their first EP, Cruel As The Grave, entrenching listeners in lyrical hopelessness and reverberating synth. Composed mid-winter in a dark cave in the Canadian Rockies, the collaboration of folk singer Neil Holyoak (of the band Holy Oak) and experimental musician Devon Beggs (also known as Dream Hair) looks to convey to listeners the cave’s echoing acoustics, imitating the natural sonic landscape through synthonic riffs and haunting vocals.
The album takes listeners into a transient world, embedding stylistically tranquil guitar into each track and mixing it with lyrics that are both existential and poetic. The second track “Green Lady” does this seamlessly, with a synthesized melody that instantly hooks you into the song, guiding through the hypnotizing chant of meaninglessness from the vocals.
“Shanghai Grill” is another standout track from Cruel As The Grave. Playing out like the background of a depressing television news broadcast, the song ends the album perfectly as a nod to our present-day world trifles.
Vaguely reminiscent of Type O Negative, Cruel As The Grave is a folky take on doom, destruction and overall despair. I look forward to hearing more of the depressingly beautiful universe created by Catacomb Saints.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: CATACOMB SAINTS – CRUEL AS THE GRAVE