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Cult Fiction

SpitfireAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Goodfellow Records
  • ASIN: B0012GJCSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind, and my favorite album hands down January 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw Spitfire play with Underoath, Poison The Well, and As Cities Burn in 2006 in Richmond, VA. Unfortunately, the extremely loud music, crazy moshpits, and it being my first concert made it hard to actuallty remeber their performance. Later down the road I ordered Self-Help. I was beyond impressed. They captured a sound of their own that is cosistent and addicting. I was really in to bands like Underoath, Norma Jean, etc. but after listening to Spitfire's whole album, it's easy to see their sound seperates them.

When I heard they were releasing Cult Fiction I was stoked and stayed informed on all their news on the album. I was suprised by the cover art because I was under the impression they were a christian band. After reading interviews with different band members, I found out they are christians but their music isn't always touching on the topic of their christianity. However, their faith can influence their music. After listening to the album the artwork almosts seems neccesary. It's dark and it's deep. Jon Spencer convictingly screams about some of the big issues whithin our society, and the band captured a truely dark sound to back it up. I feel like Spitfire looked at bands like underoath and Norma Jean and crossed a line they wouldn't think of crossing. Instead of singing in metaphores Spencer just says it. That could be why this album hasn't gained a lot of popularity.

The music is incedibly original. That seems hard to do with their genre but these guys deffinately did it. The interludes are eary and dark. The whole album was extemely well thought out. Each song is exactly where it should be. You can tell they took their time with Cult Fiction and didn't have producers and record lable guys breathing down their neck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet May 14, 2008
By C. Moss
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oh`cult April 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible October 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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.
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