In the spring of 2007, Cull arose to bring the ethics of riot grrrl and anarchism to the Portland metal scene. Born from friendships and prior music projects, Melissa, Dylan and Jacqui joined forces and began writing. Once songs began to take form, Dylan enlisted his younger brother, Ansel - not only filling out Cull’s
sound, but also solidifying the close-knit family-like dynamic of the band.
Incorporating elements of doom & black metal, as well as crust and goth, Cull creates a bleak, yet optimistic backdrop for lyrics dealing with the (hopefully) imminent collapse of industrial capitalism.
Having discarded the macho posturing typically associated with metal, Cull strives to actively create community and space for women in heavy music.
Onward to total destroy!
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Powerful, riffy metal with growly female vocals from Portland. Just 3
songs but they all run in an epic direction incorporating the heaviness
of doom and a few areas of modern metal like Kylesa, Ludicra & the
Seattle doom band, Grey. One slight downside is the cymbals are mixed
too loud. Although, this doesn’t detract much from making this an
otherwise awesome debut. They're a killer live band, too.
(((((((1)))))) Slow, moody indie rock-ish intro exploding into a giant
& catchy riff. Raw but audible vocals. Gets really doomy around the
6 min. mark. Kick ass!
((((((2))))) Epic vibe with lots going on. Clean strums, a bit of fuzz
bass & slightly jagged tempos that build up nicely and get to some
major riffin’ around 2:23. Really good pacing & interplay with the
riffs & vocals. Gets a bit “noodly” near the end.
(((((((3))))))) Another slow & moody intro with sullen male vocals.
Oddly similar to the 90’s band Codeine quickly turns into some doomy
metal. Excellent, cyclical & very strong riffs that never seem to
cease. Some really good bass & drum work, too. Long fade at the
review from fugitive equilibrium blog (Feb 09):
As the sparse light of late winter signals the rising of the fauna, the
minor subterraneans scurry at the feet of an awakened behemoth-- new to
us, but seemingly older than the damp hills which held it dormant. Its
name is Cull...
Yes, it is another gift from the musical birth
machine of Portland, Oregon. And I promise I am not just posting Cull's
new CD because Jacqui has been kind enough to comment here in the past
and might be one of the cooler people on the planet. This post comes
mostly from my sincere love for all things darkly metallic and crusty,
and from my new and instantaneous appreciation for this band. The
tendency to compare slow and heavy bands to Neurosis is a bit tired, so
I'll choose some newer candidates with regard to Cull. The overall
experience reminds me of the dissonant guitar cavortings of another new
favorite, Agrimonia, as well as the deep and blackened forays of
melancholia explored by Asunder. The three tracks are long, but are in
no way indulgent, nor will you find yourself consigning them to
"background music." The songwriting is entirely too inveigling for
that, as are the scathing and bewitching screams that punctuate its
urgency. So, what shall we label Cull? As you can see from the tags
below, such an enterprise is neither easy, nor necessary. I can imagine
fans of "progressive metal" claiming them, but I can also foresee a
fair number of modern crusties lured into the fray (especially fans of
the more epic bands like Remains of the Day, Fall Of Efrafa, Wake Up On
Fire, etc.). Basically, if the harmonious melding of beauty and
ugliness is what you seek, you can add the name Cull to your personal