Black Curse
Endless Wound


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (61 Reviews)
April 20th, 2020 | 212 replies


Release Date: 04/24/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The endless fire

April is proving to be quite fruitful in old-school death metal side projects. After Caustic Wound's cavernous grind hybrid debut Death Posture, it is now time to witness the birth of another crossbred named Black Curse. But unlike their stylistic counterparts, who added grind into their formula, these Denver lads dug their hole in the deepest circle of hell. This unholy new blend of death and black metal was forged by members of Spectral Voice, Vasaeleth, and Primitive Man, and whenever the word Spectral Voice gets stuck somewhere, my radar immediately switches on, as I find Eroded Corridors of Unbeing one of the best death metal releases of the past decade. We're all very aware of the fact that this formula isn't a novelty, yet the question that matters is the degree of quality impregnated in each hybrid, and how it manages, or not, to shape a strong identity able to distinguish it from the surrounding pack. It's certainly not an easy task, but it seems Black Curse has achieved just that, by finding a recipe that establishes a stable balance between the two genres. Nevertheless, this balance isn't born out of the equal mixing of the parts, but rather in the band's clever way of adding a blackened layer into its death metal DNA. And in my opinion, that's the secret of Endless Wound.

As we enter Endless Wound, we seem to dive deeply into the weird artwork as if we were suddenly surrounded by unmanageable flames. The heat becomes almost unbearable. 'Charnel Rift' emerges through fire, blending death metal's filthy fierceness with doom intensity reminiscent of Spectral Voice. Above this melange we find the blackened layer I mentioned earlier, mainly due to Eli Wendler's impressive wide-ranging vocals, whose powerful expression is definitely among the album's highlights. Although distinct, the tracks have a somewhat similar approach, combining mostly blast beat, mid-paced and doom tempos, always wrapped within a filthy demonic atmosphere. The riffs are among the best the genre has offered this year, lethal yet creative and contagious, as is the rhythm section whose organic delivery catapults the album towards overwhelming rhythmic grounds. Songs move fiercely, in close contact, but always finding just the right space to distinguish themselves from each other. From the track package I would highlight 'Enraptured by Decay', and the massive 'Finality I Behold'. Both are similar in character, combining doom densities with faster and more intense sequences, thus creating the necessary dynamics and contrasts. The vigorous closing track, through its corrosive Celtic Frost-esque riffs and chaotic final solos, ends the album on a very high note, leaving the listener with a mixed sense of fulfillment and despair, thereby proving that the album has achieved its ultimate purpose.

I would like to end by going back to the beginning of my second paragraph, looking at the artwork again and at the creature coming out of the fire. Each of us will certainly have a different interpretation about the symbolism portrayed. But one thing we can all agree on is that nothing good is coming out of that window. Which is exactly what a death metal aficionado is waiting for. More than just an impressive debut, Endless Wound is also destined to be one of the most interesting blackened caverns to be explored this year.




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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2020


14339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome blackened cavern. It'll be among my favorite albums of the year for sure.

Full stream:

http://blackcurse-svr.bandcamp.com/releases

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brainmelter
April 20th 2020


7078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

knocking it out of the park with review choices man pos’d

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parksungjoon
April 20th 2020


20843 Comments


fricking madman did it

oh dang vasaeleth thats a name ive not thought of in years

exciting, exciting, hard pos ov filth

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2020


14339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys ;)

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2020


12678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice death from a pit

Productive work Notrap

DDDeftoneDDD
April 20th 2020


12476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thread lacks 4.5s

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2020


14339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not anymore ;)

brainmelter
April 20th 2020


7078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

feature this mods

parksungjoon
April 20th 2020


20843 Comments


feature this [2]

DDDeftoneDDD
April 20th 2020


12476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Beauty" of a rev! You re doing "God's" work.

I know its kinda implicit by Spectral Voice, but BI didn t got the mention ahah

Another cool feat here is that the drummer is the dude from Khemmis, cool af he got this fierce.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2020


14339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks mate.

I didn't think it was necessary. Although there are some Blood Incantation/Morbid Angel glimpses in the opener, these guys are closer to Spectral Voice, but in a faster, blackened version.



The drumming is awesome.

zaruyache
April 21st 2020


22564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

don't you just hate it when you get decapitated and sucked into a flaming cellar door and a demon pops outta ya dick

StarlessCore
April 21st 2020


7509 Comments


This is good

zaruyache
April 21st 2020


22564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's right

Darius The Imposter
April 21st 2020


22346 Comments


this is better than ulcerate

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2020


12678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's wrong

Darius The Imposter
April 21st 2020


22346 Comments


it is better yea

Space Jester
April 21st 2020


8705 Comments


Good but not better than Ulcerate

bigguytoo9
April 21st 2020


766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty awesome album, I love the last track a lot.

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TVC15
April 21st 2020


10534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is orgasmic

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