Artist: Cursed Earth
Album: The Deathbed Sessions
Review by Sam Radojcin
Perth’s Cursed Earth were on track to becoming one of the bigger names within the Australian metal scene with plenty of touring under their belts and high profile shows both home and abroad. However, due to some circumstances and alleged controversies leading to singer Jazmine Luders’ departure, it seems like their momentum came to a screeching halt.
The remaining members saw to that not happening and they have reconvened with a new EP / Mixtape entitled The Deathbed Sessions where they have enlisted some friends to provide vocals over some new tracks.
The best way to describe the tracks on The Deathbed Sessions is pure intensity fueled by anger. "Fear" (featuring Matt Honeycutt of Kublai Khan) blasts out with a huge wall of biting guitars and pounding drumming that hits you right in the chest and doesn’t let go, "Rock Bottom" (Feat. Nick Adams of Justice For The Damned) is driven with a modern hardcore feel and vibe with a bitey and vitriolic attack, "Deathbed" (Feat. Booka Nile & Sean Harmanis of Make Them Suffer) weaves in a wash of dark, brutal, eerie elements, "Torch" (Feat. Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction) is fast and razorblade sharp, "Tyranny Forever" (Feat. Larissa Stupar of Venom Prison) comes from the depths that could not be comprehended by humans, "Operation" (Feat. Jack McDonald of Cast Down) could be likened to their take on Aphex Twin with the crazy effects and samples that lead into a wall of brutality that is the closer "Burn" (Feat. Mark Poida of Aversions Crown) that hits like a sledgehammer to the ribs – purely relentless and violent.
In The Deathbed Sessions, Cursed Earth aren’t messing around, they are still a force to be reckoned with offering a smattering of violent, vitriolic, venomous compositions that attack everything and everyone. By enlisting some friends, they have returned to reclaim what was and is theirs and there's no stopping them. Be warned.
9 out of 10
The Deathbed Sessions is out now through UNFD, and also available on iTunes & Spotify.