Ex-Cult, a menacing gang of Memphis rockers led by former Vile Nation frontman Chris Shaw, blisters paint on "Midnight Passenger," the noisy, dirt-caked title track off its sophomore album. "I'm the voice from the sewer," Shaw barks as his mates lay down an urgent, muddy squall that appears to emanate from the same grimy locale.

Ex-Cult, a menacing gang of Memphis rockers led by former Vile Nation frontman Chris Shaw, blisters paint on “Midnight Passenger,” the noisy, dirt-caked title track off its sophomore album. “I'm the voice from the sewer,” Shaw barks as his mates lay down an urgent, muddy squall that appears to emanate from the same grimy locale.

Generally, the songs on the group's latest are as dark, brutal and unforgiving as the titles — “Tie You Up,” “Shattered Circle” and “Lights Out Club” chief among them — and it’s clear throughout the musicians identify with the outcasts, the misfits and the misplaced. “No one's ever gonna get your mood,” Shaw snarls on “Not a Threat,” though Ex-Cult's similarly bleak output suggests the singer's not being entirely honest here.

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