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Cursed: III: Architects of Troubled SleepIII: Architects of Troubled Sleep (2008)
Goodfellow Records

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Despising work, criticizing religion and complaining about politics. These are the topics discussed within Cursed's aptly titled third album, III. They aren't exactly finding unclaimed land with these lyrics, but it's blatantly obvious that singer Chris Colohan means every single word of it. Some ha.
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Despising work, criticizing religion and complaining about politics. These are the topics discussed within Cursed's aptly titled third album, III. They aren't exactly finding unclaimed land with these lyrics, but it's blatantly obvious that singer Chris Colohan means every single word of it. Some hardcore bands make the mistake of thinking louder screaming equals a more pissed off disposition. Offering an antithesis to this unfortunate trend, Cursed songs sound like the angry ravings of a primal madman set to thrashy guitars and pounding drums. To push the intensity even further, Colohan will often go off on random screaming tangents with Sam Kinison-like poise.

The album starts with "Architects of Troubled Sleep," a sound collage with sound clips played over it. It's almost standard procedure that the next track burst out with a blaze of glory. "Night Terrors" is no exception to this rule, although it does a very good job of gripping you and not letting go. This still comes as somewhat of a shock and surprise, even though it's exactly as expected.

Compared to the last two albums, I enjoyed the riffs and song structures a lot more on this album. There is not one song that just plays out like it begins. There's always something interesting thrown in. The song "Anithero Resuscitator" is a good example of this. The song could make an admirable opening track, with its introduction building suspense into the first verse. The next song, however, shows that the band is up for some experimentation.

Offering up criticism towards the music industry, the album's fifth track, "Friends in the Music Business" is sort of a change of pace for Cursed. Clocking in at 4:52, the song has a sludgy feel with its bass-heavy rhythm section leading the song. The song is slower than any of the previous tracks, but it feels like it's at the perfect length. The track is most likely my favorite on the album due to its infectious rhythm. It stays with you long after Colohan finishes chanting the line "Don't call me and I won't call you" verbatim.

The album goes on until the title track, an intriguing instrumental, seeps into "Unnecessary Person," a slower song that has a laggard tempo but is not at all spiritless. This segues into the faster, more relentless "Hegel's Bastards" and "Dead Air at the Pulpit," until we reach the album closer, the atmospheric, instrumental "Gutters." Unfortunately, this song lags and probably needed to be cut in half.

This album marked some experimentation with sound and production for this Canadian band. It still featured their ferocity and it never let up. I'd be willing to say that this is their best album. Fans of their previous efforts will no doubt be ecstatic to hear the same tenacious aggression they've become accustomed to.

 

 
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szmitu_rage (May 7, 2010)

oh shi-

Trauma16 (January 25, 2009)

Best hardcore album of last year.
Friends in the music business with two bass guitars, so sludgy. Love it.

sugarfull (January 24, 2009)

the whole situation that surrounded the breakup was really shitty.

xote (January 24, 2009)

Such a good band. Did they break up? If so that fucking sucks. This band was The Best modern hardcore band I think. They were so pissed off and I love they way they were so sludgy and dirty. God damnit. Every album was so fucking good. His lyrics were so amazing.

Laurier (January 24, 2009)

Best Hardcore album last year no mater how much flak i may catch for that.

"also cursed toured with converge circa "two", and given that jake from converge co-owns deathwish, it seems odd that they would do that tour if there was beef."
No Beef it's not about Deathwish Inc.

also that tour was Epic and Mare is gone too :(

DrGunn (January 23, 2009)

also cursed toured with converge circa "two", and given that jake from converge co-owns deathwish, it seems odd that they would do that tour if there was beef.

overdefined (January 23, 2009)

I like Cursed, but this album just doesn't grab me as much as the others.

""Friends in the Music Business" is specifically about Deathwish Inc."
I've heard this debate before and until proven wrong I'm holding out on believing it. It doesn't quite make sense. First, Deathwish isn't THAT big and doesn't put out blatantly trendy money making artists that would make sense for the lyrics. Second, Cursed has had several releases since being on Deathwish and DW continues to sell their distributed releases and their shirts (even newer designs). If there was a real problem, DW wouldn't be selling their stuff anymore. It just doesn't add up.

theyounginfluential (January 23, 2009)

"friends in the music business" is such a great song

elliot (January 23, 2009)

"Friends in the Music Business" is specifically about Deathwish Inc.

homemadebullshit (January 23, 2009)

i really liked this cd, but I still am a bigger fan of 2.

DrGunn (January 23, 2009)

this is only just getting reviewed? one of the best of last year. i'm still pretty sad that they broke up.

seth_uber_alles (January 23, 2009)

Great band, I think Two is my favorite album of theirs.

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