Cult Of Youth describe their latest work "Final Days" as a "post-industrial version of 'Pet Sounds'". Although this is still a long way from Brian Wilson's wealth of harmonies and melodies, the Brooklyn group has taken the time to experiment. Therefore, besides a cello, even human bones were used, and bandleader Sean Ragon allegedly wrote some of the lyrics in prison. That the end is near could already be thought of in the opener "Todestrieb", which is accompanied by blunt drum rhythms and a lamenting trumpet. Nevertheless Cult Of Youth let sunbeams penetrate into the end-time mood again and again or drive the music forward with punk intensity. In general, it would have been good for many songs if their intros had been cut in half. On the other hand, this is the only way to really savour the impending catastrophe. Cult Of Youth save the most beautiful song until the end: In "Roses" Sean Ragon shines as a gentle ballad singer and tormented shouter.
Top track: Roses