Finnish doom metal, nay, all doom metal was dealt a blow with the planned and structured cessation of hostilities from Reverend Bizarre, when they unleashed the colossal ‘So Long Suckers’ and called time on their days as a band to move onto pastures new. Still, there is always somebody willing to take up the baton, re-light the flame and march forward for the cause and so enter stage left another Finnish doom entity going by the name of Cardinals Folly, who came onto the scene just as the bizarre ones were exiting. Following a couple of EP releases the Folly unveiled their debut album ‘Such Power is Dangerous!’ in 2011 and now here in 2014 and in conjunction with Shadow Kingdom Records they have returned with their sophomore offering, ‘Our Cult Continues’.
With a title like ‘Our Cult Continues’ you really have to work hard for the music to fit the feel and theme of the name and so opening with mystical and haunting instrumental/chanting ‘Chant of Shadows’ is a perfectly executed move. From there ‘Morbid Glory’ moved things along quickly with clean/dream like vocal work, fast drum beats, a low key guitar display and the prominent bass play that all doom requires.
It may be sloppy of me to keep referring to those of the bizarre reverend but the vocal display of M.Karnstein is eerily similar to Mr.Witchfinder but then, if a band like RB will create a void by their absence then expect someone new to fill in the gaps! In moments of slower play you can hear the fret work clearly and the raging booming riffs ramp up and come powerfully into their own!
If I was to level a criticism at Cardinals Folly it would be that vocally they need to strengthen in places of calmer musical output. The haunting style used is a good one but could certainly be reinforced for added impact! However this is a minor complaint and as this hour long doom epic steam rollers onwards through some immensely catchy numbers you probably won’t even notice the small point I’ve made. ‘Our Cult Continues’ is maintaining the high standards of traditional doom metal and proves that whilst some elements die away they are never truly dead!