German blackened thrash 'n' roll band Pestkult is one of those bands who keep on believing in themselves, even after several setbacks. 'Soul Collector', their debut full-length, was recorded in 2010 already but it never saw the day of light due to line-up changes. In 2012 the band decided to call it a day, only to reemerge at the end of 2013. This year, Satanath Record finally released this debut, which is a raw, disturbing piece of work.
Pestkult's approach doesn't drive on continuous blast-beats and blackened riffing, at least not for the main part. In stead, they blend black metal, thrash metal and the fairly recent subgenre of black 'n' roll together into their own bleak sound. This results in several mid- to uptempo songs with a rough, sharp sounding edge. Of course, the sheer speed of old school black metal is present once in a while, adding a lot to the variation on 'Soul Collector', both the song and the entire album.
'Pestkult', the song, is one of those great punk-driven blackened anthems and probably one of my favorites on this album. 'Im Zeichen Der Ziege' follows that example and often changes tempo but never intensity. Damn, this really is intense stuff. 'Fuckin' Hell' is another great song, where the feeling of distress and misantropy drips off, almost touchable. In fact, all of the songs on this album are. Primitive, raw, distrubing and downright evil.
What strikes me most is the old school production. The album was indeed recorded in a basement, according to their biography. Well, either that or there is actually a recording studio named 'The Basement' in Germany. It reminds me once again of those old Candlelight albums where a decent production was a waste of time and money. Not producing the album gave it something extra, something obscure and malignant. Here, that's exactly the same.
I have no idea what Pestkult is up to these days. I don't know if they are touring or writing new songs. I do know that everything on this album is coated with this obscure atmosphere. Artwork, sound, vocals, samples... they all add to Pestkult bizarre and frightening image which, of course, help a lot in making this a highly credible blackened metal band. I, for one, am quite curious about the future of this band.