Friday, February 5, 2016

Cuscuta - "Fodder for the Callous" (2016)

Cuscuta - Fodder for the Callous

Year: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Country: United States

Track List:
  1. Rented Room 
  2. The Last Graveyard
  3. A Screw Fell to the Ground
  4. On My Deathbed

I'll start by saying Cuscuta is one of my favorite active projects. I will follow that by saying this undoubtedly the best thing they have released so far. An absolute Magnum Opus. Every song of this album is powerful and moving. Every note hits home and every word is drenched in meaning. The album is based on poems by Xu Lizhi a Chinese factory worker who committed suicide on September 30th, 2014. The lyrics call attention to a world where profits takes precedence to human life. Business that would rather construct nets around windows to prevent suicide, than create acceptable working conditions. On an album where every song spoke to me, it's hard to peg an absolute favorite. But I would say that "A Screw Fell to the Ground" was my personal favorite. I absolutely loved the production and recording. The clean guitar in particular is ambient and humbling. Each note creating a vast space where you can truly feel the empty void around you. Through this whole album my ONLY complaint is at times the drum machine became obvious. Which was slightly mood altering but never broke the spirit. Go download Fodder for the Callous  and The Wildness Within (another personal favorite).