Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Album Review: "Curse of the North: I" by Curse of the North

Curse of the North: I
This isn't stoner metal, but let's talk about that concept for a minute.

Awhile back, bands decided that the missing link between Metallica and Black Sabbath was lost, so they became that missing link.

They became the second generation Sabbath.

That's pretty cool. They created bands based on a place and time that no longer existed. The pretended years of metal evolution didn't take place and they went back in time to create a family of metal that never existed.

Our band today feels like they've done something very similar. What if The Misfits and Samhain never existed? What if the Mesa/Boogie sound wasn't standard in metal in the 80's....what if what if...

Curse of the North
Well, take a look to the right and you'll see an Orange cabinet big as life and no active pickups anywhere to be found.

The Curse of the North is something old but made new.

The most obvious vocal comparison is Glenn Danzig, but that's where the similarities our kitty loving friend end.

The songs are full and sparse. Slow chord progressions yield to riffing and double bass drumming.

That double bass is what makes this band metal I think. On their angriest days, Kiss put out songs far more brutal than this album, but never with such melody or power.

These boys gallop, the sing, and the solo. Their sense of melody has been on milk cartons for decades in metal. When is the last time you heard a metal act sing? Well, a metal act that wasn't prog-metal at least.

This record is dirty, honest, and just damned good. 

As a special surprise, the vinyl version won't be coming with a download code, but a CD tucked inside. Look for more details as we get closer to release.

Release: 10/23/15
Genre: Metal
Label: Static Tension Recordings

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