Cursed
III: Architects of Troubled Sleep


4.0
excellent

Review

by Channing Freeman USER (4 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2008 | 39 replies | 13,776 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: PARTY TANK! BITCHES RIDE FOR FREE.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

There's a long list of bands who tour and record relentlessly, and within that list, a few bands that most assume will just never, ever stop - bands that are so dedicated to their craft, so intensely enmeshed in what they do that to quit would seem almost preposterous and even antithetical. Cursed was one of those bands, seemingly one of the hardiest of the bunch, yet by now everyone has heard the story of Cursed's demise; a highly sketchy robbery on the very last day of their European tour was likened by vocalist Chris Colohan to "a bullet in the head." Cursed was done, but not before leaving behind one final brutal statement of anti-everything in the form of III: Architects of Troubled Sleep.

Cursed is at their heaviest on this album, taking the sludgy hints of I and II to a new level by slowing down the tempo, adding more layers, and concocting a sound that's unrelentingly intense. The one-two punch of the atmospheric title track and "Night Terrors" pays tribute to the band's first two albums, displaying both their love of samples and crusty hardcore, but after those songs, Cursed begins to display the nuances of their refined sound. "Magic Fingers" slows thing down ever so slightly, just enough to allow listeners to groove without their bones cracking, which is actually a fitting description for the sound that Cursed incorporated on III: they went from bone-cracking to bone-crushing, a seemingly subtle change in words that carries a lot of weight in today's musical trends. Lately metal as a whole has started to slow down; post metal is rapidly becoming one of the underground's most popular movements, but the fact that Cursed took influence from that genre doesn't mean that they were emulating other bands, just that they were cherry-picking the best parts of that genre and fusing it with their traditional sound to create something entirely their own. It was a smart move, considering that Cursed manages to sound even more pissed-off here than they did on their first two records.

Like the best of the sludge bands, Cursed learned that creating a heavier sound isn't merely about guitar riffs; it's about guitar tone. III sports some of the best guitar tones heard in recent memory, with a perfect mix of reverb and distortion. Channeled through that tone, the riffs on this album bring to mind Harvey Milk if they were as angry as they are satirical and self-aware. All of Cursed's musicians were able to lock into an amazing groove on this album, sometimes slowing the pace of the music to tempos seemingly unheard of for Cursed. Chris Colohan's throaty scream is more versatile than it was on I and II; at times he even half-sings his misanthrophic lyrics. "Friends in the Music Business" is his best performance both vocally and lyrically, as he menacingly yells "I don't want to bite the hand that feeds, I want to fucking break it off," enhanced by a sliding buzzsaw bass riff, and the outro of "Don't call me, I won't call you" is one of 2008's most memorable moments.

III: Architects of Troubled Sleep somehow sounds better after the fact of Cursed's breakup. It's the album of a band that impossibly seemed to sense their own impending end and accordingly lashed out spasmodically at everyone and everything in their path. In the liner notes, after the band members and recording information are listed, a simple inscription was written almost prophetically, a fitting eulogy to be chiseled onto the headstone of one of music's hardest working bands:

"Goodbye Cruel World."


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SnackaryBinx
September 22nd 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still pretty fucked up story how someone jacked their shit.

Jim
September 22nd 2008



5110 Comments


very good review channing

rasputin
September 22nd 2008



14504 Comments


I'm actually interested in listening to this. Smooth chankay, smooth.

BallsToTheWall
September 22nd 2008



44164 Comments


This isn't chan just some tool with an unoriginal writing name like The C.P Mauler. Offenses aside, nice review, i've been meaning to track this down. I will today.

rasputin
September 22nd 2008



14504 Comments


No, it's actually chan.

BallsToTheWall
September 22nd 2008



44164 Comments


Chan is sadmafioso? Where the fuck have I been?

rasputin
September 22nd 2008



14504 Comments


Go onto the forums more often mate :P

IAmInsect
September 22nd 2008



3800 Comments


not to mention how obvious it is when he posts, etc
i mean i wasn't sure if it was him either at first but

BallsToTheWall
September 22nd 2008



44164 Comments


Forums isn't really my bag if you catch my drift. My incredible post count of 13 were mostly anger filled romps about kamikaze neggings. I guess I never payed much attention around here. I'm too elite to get caught up in such trivial matters. Night Terrors rules face and Brandon Marshall is my boy.

sadmafioso
September 22nd 2008



318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

less pointless chit-chat more download

rasputin
September 22nd 2008



14504 Comments


Downloading right now, tbh imoThis Message Edited On 09.22.08

iarescientists
September 22nd 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

idk maybe i should listen to this again but i remember last time i listened to it it was pretty meh

honourosis
September 22nd 2008



63 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is pretty meh indeed

charlesfishowitz
September 22nd 2008



1794 Comments


haven't listened to this one in awhile. I should prob give it another go. Great
review chanThis Message Edited On 09.22.08

DBlitz
September 22nd 2008



1685 Comments


solid album, I haven't listened to it in a while though.

poweroftheweez
September 22nd 2008



1289 Comments


Good review. Haven't heard the album, but sounds like fun. Awesome album summary btw.

joshuatree
Emeritus
September 22nd 2008



3743 Comments


album's good, but not as good as their others. good review chan.

Tits McGee
September 22nd 2008



1876 Comments


excellent review, band is good

sadmafioso
September 22nd 2008



318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album isn't meh faggots

SnackaryBinx
September 22nd 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BURN THEM.



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