Hail!Hornet - Disperse The Curse review
|Album:||Disperse The Curse|
|Release date:||July 2011|
01. Shoot The Pigs
02. Gifted Horse
03. Disperse The Curse
04. Glass Roses
05. Beast Of Bourbon
06. Kill The Liars
07. Unholy Foe
08. Suicide Belt
09. Dullards Creed
11. Blacked Out In Broad Daylight
Regardless of whatever genre certain bands fall into, I find metal (well, even music as a whole for that matter), can be put into one of two categories; the cerebral, and the primal. On one side you've got the technical, in-depth thinky music meant to cater to our more intellectual moments. Then, on the flipside, there's the simplistic stuff that skips over any pretense of deeper thought, and sates that lust for something heavy and pounding to rattle our guts. Most bands, although generally leaning in one direction or another, show at least a few signs of both sides of the coin. Then, we come across bands like Hail! Hornet who clearly ate their fair share of Wheaties each morning during recording and decided just to beastify the album with nothing but heavy grooves & aggressive riffs.
So this isn't fair, really. What we've got here is basically a super-team of sludge metallers from bands such as Weedeater, Buzzov*en, and Alabama Thunderpussy. It's rigged, people. Comparing this to almost any other sludge album this year is like seeing that long-awaited celebrity boxing match of Mr. T vs Mr. Rogers. Except Mr. Rogers is wielding a chainsaw. There might be some heavy-hitters out there, but any living entity with the mental instability of Mr. Rogers given a chainsaw is just going to straight-up ruin everything.
Oh right...I have to describe the sound. An essential part of a review, I suppose. It's really comparable to early High On Fire, but with a thicker, grimier sound (yes, such a thing is possible, as proven here). Yes, it's sludge, no, it isn't that primarily slow doomy crap either. Ok, so maybe the doom-sludge isn't so bad, it just seems to be everywhere these days. It's always a beautiful thing when a band can combine that syrupy-thick sludgification with some high speed assault. There is a few of those slow, pounding moments scattered throughout, but are really kept to a minimum to where they can do the most damage, and sound the most gruesomely evil (see "Dullards Creed" as the best example).
On the scale of things awesome, Disperse The Curse is tied with winning at drunken ski-ball, and getting an extra Oreo in your lunch.
||Written on 09.08.2011 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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