Barbarian - Faith Extinguisher CD
If one were to judge this album by the cover art alone, it would probably be a pretty fair guess as to what this sounds like. I mean, what should you expect when a fire-engulfed, blood drenched warrior is standing victorious a top a pile broken bodies and skeletons? Imagery aside, Cult of the Empty pummels viciously with its thrashy, oft-blackened speed metal mayhem, yet underneath the grizzled exterior lies the heart of old school, epic heavy metal. So basically, the album sounds like a grand amalgamation of the blackened first wave histrionics of Celtic Frost morphed with Running Wild’s Under Jolly Roger or early Grave Digger. It’s an extremely catchy, yet undeniably heavy and scorching affair.