Charlatans Inc is the 15th release from Derision Cult, masterminded by Dave McAnally of Chicago. The album was created over the course of 2020, which was one of the more turbulent times in America’s modern history.
This is reflected in the sound and lyrics of the tracks. It addresses how consumerism has mixed with tribalism over the past year and the stress and outrage that conflict imposes on society. It primarily deals with how and why the news media is becoming increasingly interested in provoking emotional reactions out of people vs. reporting objective news to them, and the destructive impact this has on individuals and society.
Tracks such as “The Great Reset” address corporate money and lobbying that is behind political movements that appear to be standing up for the little guy by the media, but are actually the same wolves in different sheeps’ clothing. Tracks like “Charlatans” compare Soviet disinformation campaigns called Active Measures with modern spin powered by big brands virtue signaling to a new generation of consumers.
Dave doesn’t just say these things from afar, having spent nearly 20 years in the advertising industry as an executive with a front row seat with the top brands all over the world to exactly how these issues have played out. Charlatans Inc culminates with the events of January 6 2021 and how this manipulation and conflict reduces ordinary unassuming people to anarchy.
Derision Cult – Charlatans Inc. Review
There is something fast again, Derision Cult is a project from Chicago, the artist is called Dave McAnally and we listen to it today, industrial metal, if it’s right! 😉
The cover I find brilliant, socially critical, a police helmet with beer can holder from whose cans money and fun (or obedient?) can be fed.
Not my field of expertise this music, but I like the songs, just listened to the album, sure, you think of Ministry, but you always think that when you think of industrial metal! 😉
Let’s start with „The Great Reset,“ great guitar sounds, roaring voice, „invited“ voice snippets, quite listening sound. Unfortunately, I don’t always understand what he sings, that might be even more important, but I’m going to see that somehow you get to the lyrics.
The second song, „Calla Man God,“ reminds me more of Suicidal Tendencies vs. Sepultura, which is great, pretty brutal and varied. I try to hear something from the text, I think it’s about faith, evil always loves itself the most!? Definitely a tip song!
„Amplify“ is a little confused, almost punctually red, no rules please. Class. The guitar drives well, the distorted voices are crackers, always so.
Now to song 4, „Worlds Collide“ here madness meets other worlds, you have to hear that really loud, it meets deeply hidden feelings of hatred and disgust, I can’t write much about it, you have to feel that. In the end another crass horny vocal melody in front of the typical sample sounds. Hammer.
Let’s see what „Kotztrolle“ does so „This Is Control“ starts out atypically with keyboard sounds and „noises,“ „snarl“ and strong vocoder distorted voice, just listen to everything well, I’m speechless, lost control! Cool.
„Charlatans“ is faster again, at the beginning, then come short quieter parts, before it goes off mercilessly again, I need the lyrics soon!!!!!!!
The penultimate song, „View From Cross“ starts like an old sci-fi movie, maybe I understand what the lyrics are about, or I interpret it like that, distracted by all the media cram you hang on the cross (of life) and look back at all the futility?! Anyway, horny sounds and mood again, I’m Angetan.
„Jan (6)“ is in no way like the previous songs, industry punk metal from Chicago is great and I’m a new fan of it. No idea if I could describe everything correctly, but it really packed me, even the last song is not a „wegskip“ song, the whole album can be listened to, best quite loudly, and completely! Partytime Exelent… already has something 90s style, but I like that anyway! 😉 Thank you
Favourites: Calla Man God, or just listen to the whole album out loud! 😉
Karsten Zakrzewski 04.09.2021