Cult Fiction

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Cult Fiction
Cult fiction album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 29, 2008
RecordedJuly 9, 2007 at Trax East[1]
Genrehardcore punk
experimental metal
LabelGoodfellow Records
ProducerEric Rachel[1]
Spitfire chronology
Cult Fiction
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Review(8.3/10)[3]
Blistering.com8/10 stars[4]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[5]
The Metal Minute4/5 stars[6]
Scene Point Blank(5.8/10)[7]
Lords of Metal9/10 stars[8]
Maelstrom8/10 stars[9]
Hardrock Haven(6.3/10)[10]
To Many Voices9/10 stars[11]

Cult Fiction is the third studio album by Virginia-based metalcore band Spitfire.[12] It is the follow up to the band's 2006 album Self-Help. The title of the album seems to be a reference to a previous work by Jon Spencer's first band, Scarlet, titled "Cult Classic".[13]

Writing and recording[edit]

Spitfire had this to say about the writing process: "We are writing what is turning out to be the darkest, heaviest, and most diverse record any of us have ever written. Our approach to this record is to saturate it with more emotion than we ever have put into our music before."[1]

Release and distribution[edit]

Cult Fiction was released in the US on April 29, 2008 by hardcore indie label Goodfellow Records. The album was released in both digital download and digipak CD format.[14]


The album has been generally well received by critics. Joshua of Maelstrom lauded the visceral nature of the album, claiming "Cult Fiction rips all sorts of new orifices in the most uncomfortably delicious of ways".[9] Complimenting the track Apnea 1 (Segue 1) Sasha Horn of Metal Review states "If I had three minutes and thirteen seconds left until the end of the world by tsunami, I'd take my ghetto-blaster with me to the end of a pier, turn this up on ten, close my eyes, and let the waves separate me".[3] The album artwork and packaging has also received considerable attention: "the performances, songs, and even the CD’s packaging-about Cult Fiction indicates it’s a first-class effort" states Zak Brown of, noting "The album’s artwork is truly part of the listening experience...".[4]


Was born. Started cult. Fulfilled prophecy. Died with dignity.[15]

Track listing[edit]

1."Arrhythmia Drift"3:46
2."Chemo Therapist"3:35
3."Apnea 1"3:13
5."Mother Earth In Labor"2:39
6."Dawn Patrol"1:52
7."The Animal Kingdom Of Heaven's Gate"1:16
8."Track Marxist"4:39
9."Brain Debris"3:00
11."Meth Monster"3:39
12."Meat Maker"6:04
13."Apnea 2"1:32
14."In Vitro"4:11


  • Matt Beck - guitar
  • Chris Raines - drums
  • Jon Spencer - vocals
  • Dan Tulloh - guitar


  1. ^ a b c Posted: February 16, 2007. Retrieved: October 7, 2011
  2. ^ Reviewer: Adam Pfleider. Retrieved: October 7, 2011
  3. ^ a b Reviewer: Sasha Horn. Retrieved: October 7, 2011
  4. ^ a b Reviewer: Zak Browne. Retrieved: October 7, 2011
  5. ^ Reviewer: Ned Raggett. Retrieved: October 8, 2011
  6. ^ Reviewer: Ray Van Horn, Jr. Retrieved: October 7, 2011
  7. ^ Reviewer: Bob. Retrieved: October 8, 2011
  8. ^ Reviewer: Jasper. Retrieved: October 8, 2011
  9. ^ a b Reviewer: Joshua. Retrieved: October 8, 2011
  10. ^ Reviewer: Matthew Hoffman. Retrieved: October 8, 2011[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Reviewers: Satriani, Zappa, Dylan, Aretha. Retrieved: October 8, 2011
  12. ^ Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  13. ^ "::SCARLET - Cult Classic::". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  14. ^ Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  15. ^ Retrieved: October 9, 2011