Ctulu are a band from Germany that plays a very fast, raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Sarkomand" which will be re-issued in December on vinyl as a joint effort between Black Blood Records and Human TO Dust.
A very fast, raw and melodic old school black metal sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound and when vocals are added into the music they are grim sounding screams and after awhile the music starts bringing in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
At times you can hear some ritualistic and nature sounds being added into certain sections of the recording along with some old school melodies that bring a NWOBHM to the album and after awhile you can hear a small amount of chants in some of the tracks along with a few tracks that are long and epic in length.
When acoustic guitars and melodic vocals are utilized they give the music more of an atmospheric feeling and you can also hear death metal growls being utilized at times along with some of the riffing also bringing in element s of that genre and a good portion of the bands musical style seems to be very heavily influenced by the 90's Swedish black metal bands while some of the tracks also bring in a thrash feeling to the riffs and on the last track keyboards are added into t he music while the song also still brings in heavy parts.
Ctulu plays a Swedish style of black metal that is very old school, raw and melodic and also incorporates some death metal influences which also gives the album more of an update blackened death metal feeling, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in German and cover Lovecraft and Nightmare themes.
In my opinion Ctulu are a very great sounding fast, raw and melodic black metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Arckanum Der Tiefen" "Traumturm" and "Mondsucht". 8 out of 10.