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  • I’m not the biggest fan of Hardcore, but after stumbling across Spitfire’s myspace page I was instantly intrigued by them, and their newest work of labor “Cult Fiction”. I pre-ordered it(something I normally wouldn’t do), on the sole merits of the song “Chemo Therapist”. That song brings out such a frightened claustrophobic feeling in me like no other song has ever done. It’s like helplessly watching a black buzzing wave of locust consuming a field… that your standing in.

    Spitfire really put thought not only into the music, but the whole package. The linear notes are full of grotesque and offensive images of sm, death, comercialism and a lot of snakes. The albums lyrics reflect on the darkness in our society, and moreover, the darkness in human beings.. Thankfully the music is far from the generic, and kept me interested throughout the entire listen. If I had to explain it, I would compare it too a fusion of the bands Neurosis and Converge. Extreme yet ‘out-there’. Saddly, this record seems to be getting less attention it deserves, and the cult is still small; so check it out if you’re into this kind of stuff.. and while your at it, why not convert a friend. “Spread the scent, mark your territory, you’re an animal” – The Animal Kingdom of Heaven’s Gate.

    Posted on March 12, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Spitfire has always been an intriguing band. Their searing guitars and the pristine, guttural vocals of Jonathan Spencer are intoxicating and entrancing. This album is no different, musically the CD is great, but the imagery is dark and disturbing. I am referencing the imagery of the lyrics and the pictures in the insert. This is a very good CD but I found it a bit too dark for my tastes. Jon tends to focus on all the negatives in our society and culture, from commercialism to sexual abuse and prostitution. However, there is nothing lyrically that would indicate that there is anything good about our culture. I guess I am left to use my imagination. The musicianship is great throughout. There are a few interludes with just eerie keyboard sounds and droning guitar notes which adds a very dark undertone to the album. The cd ends with ambient keyboard sound with also a very faint message under the music, which I believe it is the same message that was played in the settlement of the Peoples Temple, the cult Jimmy Jones slaughtered with cyanide flavor-aid in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978. I would just rather not dwell on the negative of our society, but overall the album is good with the exception of the lyrics. Don’t get me wrong, the lyrics are deep and he makes good points but there is too much smut to filter through to extrapolate anything good from this album.

    Posted on March 12, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve been a huge fan of Spitfire ever since I stumbled on Scarlet (the band that vocalist John Spencer had left Spitfire for in 2000 and 2003) and I’m amazed. When their previous effort “Self-Help” came out, i was hooked. Not as viscous and rabid as Scarlet’s “Cult Classic” but it still encompassed everything they had stood for. John Spencer was as cryptic as ever with his imagery of everything that is messed up in society. So naturally, when I saw that a new album was coming out, i was on pins and needles for months until it’s release. Needless to say, I nearly shat a brick. This album makes previous efforts by Spitfire, and like-wise Scarlet, look like child’s play. The album is like a roller coaster straight from your darkest nightmares. Spencer spews what are, by chance, his darkest lyrics to date, and does it with an unparalleled degree of intensity. So much so, that the first time I heard it, it made my neck hair stand up.

    In short, this has to be one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. Pick it up. Join the cult.

    you won’t regret it.

    Posted on March 12, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Unfortunately most reviews done online for just about any form of media are done by amateurs. People who don’t seem to understand the work en which they are critiquing… this raises a huge problem for me in many aspects: first off, it creates an inaccurate depiction of the artwork, and secondly this is a problem because most people look towards these reviews in order to decide if the album is for them… so with that being said. This album is amazing, unbelievably thought out and if you don’t like it, that’s because you’re not supposed to. Decadent art is made to juxtapose the correlations between the beautiful and the vile. this lp is unmatched in beauty because of its decadent stylings, detuned and heavily-distorted guitar, nefarious vocals. southern rock infused with thrash-spazz… think converge/cursed meet cave-in/entombed and throw in a little grindcore elements at times and you’ve got Cult Fiction… now go kill yourself.

    Posted on March 12, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now