This review is from: Cursed Again (Audio CD)
If you have even the slightest distaste for Black Metal, read no further. Brummies (in particular, Britain's own multi-instrumentalist/ producer Mick "Irrumator" Kenney) Frost's second offering is as dark, as dismal and as uncompromising as anything you will hear coming from Norway. Let's not go getting lost in comparisons with Gorgoroth and Mayhem, as this is a rather special offering.
So what can be expected this time? First impressions: not brilliantly recorded/ produced, but does this affect the experience? No. Bleak, lyric-less inlay, but are we worried? No. Only eight medium-length songs, with no breaks, ballads or intermissions of any sort - don't expect to come up for air once the disc has begun to spin. But, with "Cursed Again", you won't even want to.
Upon discovering what Irrumator is doing you'll be hooked. It is extremely varied within its tight parameters, which is very difficult to achieve without losing track of what you are doing. To explain "varied" further, as many of you will be shuddering at the thoughts of symphonic/ melodic Black Metal. Fear not - fans of the mastermind will know by now that Irrumator picks a style, experiments with it AND keeps it above average, (just listen to Mistress' "Whiskey Tastes Batter").
We get the same overall effect with Cursed Again: the vocals, though primarily typical/ droning Black Metal vocals, very occasionally sweep into a King Diamond-esque wail; the guitars, provided by Irrumator (as well as the drums) effortlessly change rhythm/ timing in an instant, accompanied by the drums that, although not overly technical, keep a constant beat above many Black Metal acts of today.
The beauty of this CD is that any one of the eight medium-length songs could be entitled as "my favourite" track, be it the explosive riff-lord Doom Funeral, the stomping Down Here, the mesmerising The Rise, the chilling Cursed Again, or the thrashing Empty of Life.
In short: Like Black Metal? Buy this album.