Saturday, October 12, 2013

Review: Angers Curse - Angers Curse

Angers Curse is an unrelenting five piece hardcore band that formed out of Sweden in 2007. To date they've released one EP and now two full-length albums, and have undergone a brief hiatus previously due to various changes within their line-up. In between releases the group have toured to support their cause, landing themselves on the bill in many festivals and shows that have spanned from Spain to Finland. So, how exactly do these hardcore headbangers stack up with their second full-length, self-titled release?

Genre: Hardcore
Label: Gaphals
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
  1. Turn Your Back
  2. Dead City
  3. Pressure
  4. Trouble Always Finds Me
  5. The Fabulist
  6. Inside Your Head
  7. On Solid Ground
  8. No Love For Me
  9. Days of Desperation
  10. A Thousand Times
  11. Cruel World
  12. My Life, My Choice
Total Playtime: 19 minutes, 44 seconds




Rating: 7.5/10




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Angers Curse is an unrelenting five piece hardcore band that formed out of Sweden in 2007. To date they've released one EP and now two full-length albums, and have undergone a brief hiatus previously due to various changes within their line-up. In between releases the group have toured to support their cause, landing themselves on the bill in many festivals and shows that have spanned from Spain to Finland. So, how exactly do these hardcore headbangers stack up with their second full-length, self-titled release?

Angers Curse is a no-nonsense, in-your-face hardcore album filled to capacity with animosity, impatience, outrage, resentment and violence; in other words, exactly what fans of hardcore crave in an album. Each track is a high tempo violation on the ears, breaking only for the fewest of seconds to incorporate musical rests into scattered tracks. The material itself rivals that of New York born hardcore in both style and sound, and each song is executed in a surge of vicious hate.

Menacing power chords are backed by palpitating punk drum beats, all the while being upheld by a punching bass line that emphasizes the rememberable power chord progressions of the rhythm guitar. The guitars do end up throwing in a few too many pick slides for it to remain in good taste throughout the content however, but otherwise the guitar tracks keep the material moving at a rapid, heart-accelerating pace all the while donning a well distorted tone. Acting as the heartbeat of the content, the snare and bass drum of the drum kit finds itself being in steady use in the background of the album nearly at all times, save the flavorful drum roll or tom-tom advancements. Although the drum kit sounds medium-small in size, every element is used at full strength to consistently provide a varied background experience.


The bass consistently fights its way to the front of the fray, and in doing so it always shows off an impressive range of walking lines and quick finger skills. The deep, heavy tone gives a good offset to the standard tune of the guitars and helps in keeping the tracks weighted. On top of the madness are the vocals, which are aggressive and lively as the singer belts them out with every ounce of rage he has built up inside of him. Occasionally there are chants added in, or the exceedingly rare melodic backing vocals, both helping to freshen up the vocal track as it can become tedious over time.

One thing that really brings the material down is the production of the album. While the audio quality is clear, there are easy to hear flaws within the mixing and layering. At some points the listener can hear abrupt adjustments in the volume of certain tracks, for example in "On Solid Ground" it is apparent that the instrument tracks are brought down so that the vocal track stands out more. The effects need to be executed more subtly, as well as there are a few songs that end unexpectedly and sound cut off.

Angers Curse is a well done hardcore album that is overflowing with aggression and memorable instrumental compositions. The only true downsides here are the lyrics, which could benefit of a little more creativity and brutality, and also the production of the content which needs to be refined. Angers Curse have definitely released a solid second full-length album that is sure to please fans of hardcore, however perhaps not the hardest of the hardcore at this point.

Physical Copy Provided by: Gaphals

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