Wednesday 10 June 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Curse the Son, "Excruciation"

By: Peter Morsellino

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 12/06/2020
Label: Ripple Music

“Excruciation” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Suicide by Drummer
2). Disaster in Denial
3). Novembre
4). Worry Garden
5). Excruciation
6). Infinite Regression
7). Black Box Warning
8). Devil Doctor Blues
9). Phoenix Risin’

The Review:

Fuzzed out riffs reign supreme on Curse the Son's fifth release, “Excruciation”.  A monument to the good time hard rock of a bygone time, Curse the Son delivers a fresh spin on a traditional style, taking the classic Sabbath sound and bringing it into the modern era.  The end result is a magical romp through the history of heavy music that leaves “Excruciation” sitting atop the heap.

Mixing headbanging rock and roll tunes with some serious solemnity, “Excruciation” is a solid collection of tracks that covers a whole lot of musical ground. Songs like “Novembre” trudge with a heart wrenchingly heavy melancholy that maintains a churning power that fits nicely with the rest of the album.  Meanwhile, the entertainingly titled opener, “Suicide by Drummer”, plays out like a party doom anthem flush with catchy hooks and a chorus ripe to be sung with a drink held high. At least in the first half that is.

That's another great thing that Curse the Son brings to the table. Multilayered song writing. Songs can begin just about anywhere without any clear indication of where they may end up. Each track is a journey through the warped minds of the musicians, each taking its own winding path to come to a well earned conclusion.  These songs are crafted with care, without a bit of filler in sight.

The albums production is stunning to say the absolute least. The fuzzed out guitars maintain clarity amongst a chaotic wall of noise.  Drums ring out solidly in the mix without ever becoming overpowering. Bass is allowed plenty of spotlight and is right up with the rest of the band in the mix. Vocals are mournful and theatric, with more than enough of that captivating power that the greats had to keep everyone paying attention.

“Excruciation” is a modern classic of the Doom genre.  It checks all the boxes. What more is there to say?  Listen to it! It's a keeper!

“Excruciation” is available HERE

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