Cult of Dom Keller are today announcing their fifth album ‘They Carried The Dead In A U.F.O’ and sharing the huge first single, ‘Last King of Hell’. Since 2007 the UK group have been leaving a trail of sonic fever dreams, dark psychedelia and experimentalism that beats with a heavy industrial heart. New single ‘Last King Of Hell’, released today alongside the album news, is a speaker-blowing blast of incendiary psychedelic noise-rock. ‘They Carried The Dead In A U.F.O’ is due out May 21st and you can now stream the first single.
Talking about the track, Cult of Dom Keller said: “The Last King of Hell is a big, big track. What begins with almost a Western sci-fi vibe builds over 7 minutes into a monster of sound. Lyrically it’s about a protagonist who – no matter how hard he tries, and how in harmony he thinks he is with the world – fails to see that he is actually part of the problem. As the track builds and spirals out of control so does our protagonist. Singles shouldn’t be 7-minutes long but who gives a sht when it ain’t gonna be played on the radio anyway.” Detailing the ‘They Carried The Dead In A U.F.O’ LP, they continue: “With all the uncertainty and chaos unfolding in 2020 we managed to create our most experimental and exciting album to date, without there being any point in the whole recording process where all four of us were actually in the same room together! The Covid climate meant that we began to craft this strange beast of an album in a totally different way to all our previous work. It was all recorded, mixed and produced by ourselves meaning we had total control over every noise on the record. Sometimes it feels you have to make tiny compromises or small sacrifices when someone else records you or mixes your music but this time round we had 100% control and no compromises. This was the exact record we wanted to make. Experimental and playful, moments of light and pure dark. We wanted to fck with the listener and pull them in with moments of beauty and chaos, but still retain our songwriting sensibilities”.
Cult of Dom Keller have long been at the forefront of the contemporary British psych scene but their notorious reputation extends much further afield. They’ve done several tours around the UK, Europe and US, appeared at festivals like Levitation, The Great Escape and Raw Power and likely featured on the bill of just about any international psych fest you can think of. They’ve shared the stage with greats like Roky Erickson, Spectrum, Silver Apples and The Sisters of Mercy, as well as contemporaries like The Black Angels, Fat White Family and Temples (they even had fellow Notts troublemakers Sleaford Mods support them in the early days.)
The new album arrives following last year’s mostly-instrumental ‘Ascend!’ LP and their third full-length ‘Goodbye To The Light’, released back in 2016. Fierce experimentalists, no Cult of Dom Keller record has ever sounded the same (to quote the band themselves: “Who wants to make the same record twice? We just do what the f*ck we feel like making”) and their upcoming full-length is no different. ‘They Carried The Dead In A U.F.O’ will be released on May 21st 2021 via Fuzz Club Records.