Friday, November 23, 2012

Cursed From Birth EP

We had a great email from a band looking for get our thoughts on their EP. We receive plenty of these so its takes us a while to get around to all of them, but I am very glad to have listened to these guys.

From a mix of old God Forbid, Metallica and Megadeth these speed riffs really are super tight and crunchy. I'll be going into each track in detail but just a note on how I like that they choose for more of a crunch, upright in your face guitar sound than the usual mid scoop sound which sometimes leave a little less definition in the guitars than I would like. But lets take a look and their EP.

"Darkness Descends"
Showing their softer side, but also their guitar skills right off the bat with this very neo-classical introduction. A great sense of melody but also the ever changing chords keep it from getting super repetative. Great start and a hint at what to come.

"Living Sacrifice"
Diving headfirst into the thundering galloping riff that defines this song. The vocals are quite plain and simple which really allows the lyrics to come through. Seems like a song that would have the crowd chanting along with the singer. Some great switch ups through in the song including the halftime swing feel at points, the guitar riff break and the not overly complicated guitar solo at a great length to fill out the track. Then switching into a whole slow sludge riff for the second half which allows the drums time to really shine and show his skill. A great tune to keep things heavy but with straight up in your face sound.

"Where Sins Will Sleep"
Prepare for double kick madness, which then immediately switch into blast beats as this songs kicks the door down. Instantly I think of a graveyard as these riffs pile of top of each other. Only to hear the lyrics speak of graves in the first verse! This is the first time you hear gang vocals and I would have like to have heard them filled out and double a couple more times. It would have added to the larger than life sense of the track.

This band has a great sense of direction and an ability to easily change time signatures and tempos on a whim. Even though not only complicated riffs and solos they stand out because of the tightness as a band. A few mixing things come into mind such as a couple parts need some EQ to keep the guitar from being overly "bite-y". I would have liked to have heard a couple of FX on the vocals such as a bit more reverb to allow the clarity still ring out but add to the grandness of the track.

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And check them out if they roll into town!

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