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Cursed

Cursed: TwoTwo (2005)
Goodfellow Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: BizzleBrizzleBizzleBrizzle
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Chris Collohan's past bands include Left For Dead, Ruination, and the Swarm (AKA Knee Deep In The Dead), and his newest band Cursed definitely has the most evil and powerful sound of them all. The first CD, One, was a brutal onslaught, like being hit in the head with a fucking sledge hammer. With su.
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Chris Collohan's past bands include Left For Dead, Ruination, and the Swarm (AKA Knee Deep In The Dead), and his newest band Cursed definitely has the most evil and powerful sound of them all. The first CD, One, was a brutal onslaught, like being hit in the head with a fucking sledge hammer. With such brutal speedfests such as "Polygraph" and "Pariah," and the epic and flawless song "Opposable Thumbs." Now they have released what could very well be one of the best hardcore albums of the decade.

Musically, the band tends to sound like an extremely sped up His Hero Is Gone/Tragedy, or a slightly slower and much more talented version of the Havoc Records band Destroy. Thrashy, crusty, and definitely powerful, this band sounds like pure rage and agression.

Lyrically, Collohan is pure genius, the lyrics tend to be brutal and violent, but the violent imagery is used to describe social/political problems, such as these lyrics to the song "The Void:" "And when he dies alone with nothing in hand, burned out shell of a working man, when he dies alone with empty hands...". Or these lyrics to the song that was also released on seven inch vinyl, "Hell Comes Home:" "Welcome home in a bodybag from the front lines of defeat, discharged to a normal life in a room that's two feet wide and six feet deep."

Standout tracks are "Fatalist," "The Void," "Head Of The Baptist," "Hell Comes Home," and Model Home Invasion," which is a slow and ballady sort of song. My one gripe was that it seems that my CD had all of the tracks moved up by one, with the intro track being the 11th one, but the quality of the songs more than makes up for this technical gaffe. II should definitely be on everyone's top releases of 2005 list.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

woooo they are playing leeds on march 3rd, can't fucking wait.

tristan (February 12, 2005)

I'm henceforth ass over tea kettle, thanks to this.

bizzlebrizzle (January 26, 2005)

Whoa!

You guys changed to calling it Two instead of II on the sidebar thing...that messes with me head!

punkcorekid (January 26, 2005)

still haven't heard them, and i've heard nothing but praise...need to check it out soon.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

bad brains self titled ends with the "intro" (not counting the unlisted dub track). maybe it's a tribute?

bizzlebrizzle (January 26, 2005)

I'd have also compared it to Left For Dead and The Swarm, which would have been slightly more accurate because basically this sounds like those bands with more talent and better production, but I figured that more people knew of HHIG and Tragedy than know of Left For Dead and The Swarm so it was easier to get a basic picture in people's minds.

dazed (January 26, 2005)

I liked the Swarm; I like the bands you compared them to; I'm gonna have to check this out.

Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

hey, guess what, that's a reason for them to rerelease the album later on

bizzlebrizzle (January 25, 2005)

The intro is at the end of the album?!

Wow, that's just messed up.

-Chinatown

It is, I e-mailed goodfellow about it, I was like,

" Is this a...

rarity?
intention?
wide-spread mistake?"

Their response was:
"what it is, is a nightmare"

I guess you can just pretend that it's an outro now...

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

The intro is at the end of the album?!

Wow, that's just messed up.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

nice work

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

Score is for Ruination, and Michigan Hardcore/Punk.

-Ken

P.S. will be checking this out asap.

bizzlebrizzle (January 25, 2005)

BTW thaks to the editor for making me sound smarter, I know for sure that I didn't use the word "gaffe" when I wrote this review.

bizzlebrizzle (January 25, 2005)

everything collohan touches is genious. rumopur has it he is writing a book as well. he also did a band called countdown to oblivion as well.

That's one I've not actually heard yet. Someone mentioned them to me though.

I think I tried to soulseek it though.

But yeah, all his bands are pure awesomeness.

FortyMinutesWest (January 25, 2005)

Lots of good stuff coming out early this, I hope this trend continues.

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

everything collohan touches is genious. rumopur has it he is writing a book as well. he also did a band called countdown to oblivion as well.

bizzlebrizzle (January 25, 2005)

By the way, I get to see them this Spring Break while I'm in London.

johnnydanger (January 25, 2005)

band is awesome, record is awesome

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

this band is as heavy as a thousand pounds of ice cream

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

this is the shit

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

A lollypop to the first person who doesnt compare metal bands to construction equipment in there review.

-!!GreenVandal!

Anonymous (January 25, 2005)

i just ordered the first record. guess i should pick this one up too.

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