Length: 32:37 (min:secs)
From Toronto in Canada a sinister music shadow has been cast out into the world under the guise of a band called Cursed, who will corrupt the pure with their debut album simply entitled “One”.
Be prepared for something that sounds like a deranged hybrid of Entombed and Venom with just a suggestion of eyehategod during the darker moments and The Exploited during the more unruly. They’re a fucked up mixture of grinding metal with punk lyrics, a hardcore attitude and the subtlety engrained cold touch of death. A dense blanket of thick, intense, heavy riffs often played at speed and ushered by hoarse, distorted, raw and shouty vocals. Heavy and a touch demonic at times, the comparison to Entombed is very strong with similar incredibly heavy, thick, fuzzy riffs.
Starting as it means to go on with the powerful “Polygraph” which has the unusual twist of not ending but having track two “God And Country” beginning with its crescendo, before the second song blasts into a sound like Venom playing Botch. The pummelling riffs of “Promised Land” continue the intensity which is maintained through out all eleven tracks, including the beautifully evil rumbling bass in the Untitled Track Five - the eerie feedback rolls into a creepy instrumental that’s intense in a chilled out Cult of Luna kind of way. But the peak must be personal favourite “Nineteen Seventy Four”, which kicks off with a riff that’s so evil, Satan could use it for his door chime.
So, a cracking album full of violence, gloom and unruliness. If you wake up feeling compassionate, on top of the world, happy and smiley, then put this bugger on and guaranteed before it’s halfway through you’ll be spitting malice, spite and hatred towards anything you have even mildly disliked. You’ll be ready to face the world with an attitude befitting someone, who loves their metal!
(27th November, 2003)