on July 3, 2005
Called this talentless stoner/doom. I don't hear it. I love the "This sucks - listen to ______ instead" reviews. Very effective. I hear some early 90's noise, Black Flag, Discharge and Unsane influence. I've lots heard stoner and doom, this isn't. Go check out The Emissions From The Monolith Festival in Youngstown and research these genres. I worked a Cursed gig in Baltimore with a couple of other what I call "kiddie bands" and couldn't beleive they were part of the same tour package. Awesmome band and solid dudes. Guitarist played with three broken fingers on the old pick hand. Crazy.
on May 7, 2008
as a fan of one, i was initially dissappointed when this arrived in the mail. it seemed to lack the urgency, immediacy and rawness of one. the drums sounded flat and buried in the mix. the guitars sounded weak and i didn't appreciate the mastering [note that i was listening to two through headphones]. once i got home and gave it a blast on the stereo, my opinion changed rapidly. the songs may not be as strong as say polygraph, bloody mary or opposable thumbs but in my opinion this sets two apart from one, in a postive way - instead of releasing an album in the same vein as one, cursed have changed things up. without a doubt the lyrical content is as strong as one. bottom line: if you enjoyed one (and let's face it, if you didn't rate one then you need to have you head checked) you owe it to yourself to add this to your collection. cursed beat the pants off their contemporaries. listen to this loud.