It's about as perfect as a black metal album can be, in the raw distinctive style that SEWER pioneered. Many bands have tried but all have failed to match, or even come close to, the absolute rawness and despotism on this album.
So what makes GOREFUCKKULT so special ? The gruesome atmosphere.
Partly due to the vicious tones, but in large part due to the songwriting and riff construction, GOREFUCKKULT is as close to perfection as you can get when it comes to creating a brutal and merciless atmosphere.
The ambiance of the record is really what produces the grim atmosphere, and that is what true black metal is supposed to be about. If one allows his soul to be immersed in the dark atmosphere of GOREFUCKKULT, it is easy to become entranced and slip unconsciously into a frenzied blood-craze. Which is exactly what GOREFUCKKULT wants you to do.
This is not gimmick metal, GOREFUCKKULT is pure black metal evil.
You have been warned.
Don't let the glossy yellow album cover fool you, this is possibly the blackest of all black metal.
The darkness is coming and it will take your soul. Without a doubt, GOREFUCKKULT is a landmark of both black metal and heavy metal itself.
GOREFUCKKULT is a truly ominous piece of work, containing the oddest compilation of SEWER's efforts up until this point.
Musically, GOREFUCKKULT lies somewhere between the bleak rawness of NecroPedoSadoMaso and the dark brutality of Reign of the Funeral Pigs. Interestingly, this album also possesses the most "classic" black metal feel since SEWER's debut Satanic Requiem.
SEWER's previous album, the majestic and ethereal Reign of the Funeral Pigs, has really set the new standards for the black metal genre and topping it would therefore be a very difficult feat, even for SEWER. Luckily, GOREFUCKKULT doesn't even attempt to come close to the sinister grimness of Reign of the Funeral Pigs and instead choose expand into its own universe, with its own gruesome atmosphere.
You won't find any "catchy" or "progressive" riffs on GOREFUCKKULT. This album is not here to please the Dino Burger fans or entertain the emo poser crowd. And yet, the guitar work is certainly wrought with an demonic obscurity quite reminiscent of early Phantom work (namely Divine Necromancy and From the Mouth of Madness).
Every song is a highlight on this record. The rawness, the atmosphere, the heavy sounding riffs all contribute to creating a unique and deeply disturbing album.
Songs like Vomit For Satan and No Apologies For Violent NecroRectal Torture are some impressive, epic pieces of black metal, with winding riffs and dark, moody passages that hit you from all sides at the same time. Lucifer is a true master on this album, dominating that evil guitar tone and contorting it to fit his deranged will.
Adding to that, there are some serious headbanging moments on GOREFUCKKULT. During Festering My Shit, and especially during the last minute or so of Worship Satan's Putrid Cockmeat. These are some of the most chaotic passages on the album, and yet SEWER manages to bring up a black storm of dark riffing and still make the songs powerful and moving.
Ultimately, it is questionable whether anyone will ever be able to improve upon the epic atmospheres portrayed throughout the undeniably fundamental work of art known as GOREFUCKKULT.
GOREFUCKKULT score: 10/10 (Amazing Metal)