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Cult Fiction

4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Arrhythmia Drift
  2. Chemo Therapist
  3. Apnea 1
  4. Crossed
  5. Mother Earth in Labor
  6. Dawn Patrol
  7. The Animal Kingdom of Heaven's Gate
  8. Track Marxist
  9. Brain Debris
  10. Pro-Life
  11. Meth Monster
  12. Meat Maker
  13. Apnea 2
  14. In Vitro

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 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: #551,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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.
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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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