THE CURSED - Room Full Of Sinners

The Cursed - Room Full Of Sinners

10 songs
42:13 minutes
***** ***


The Cursed may be a new metal band, but there are no newcomers in the line-up. The vocals are delivered by OverKill singer Bobby ‘Blitz’ Elsworth. Furthermore, there are Dan Lorenzo (Hades, Non Fiction) on guitar, Mike Cristi (Non Fiction) on drums and Job The Raver (Murder 1) on bass guitar. Even if all these musicians have been active in harder metal acts in the past, you can’t compare The Cursed to their earlier bands. The Cursed don’t play speed and thrash metal like OverKill did, and their music is also less technical than the prog metal from Hades. Probably it’s closest to Murder 1, a desert metal band which had released three albums so far, or Non Fiction who used to play groovy mid-tempo heavy metal.

The opener Sweeter is a classic example for sludgy metal. It’s not too innovative, but the song has its charm. Evil In The Back follows more or less the same direction, but the mouth harp spreads some southern rock feeling. This track and Queen Of The Down also contain saxophone parts. It’s an unusual choice yet still fits with The Cursed’s music. The Dutch titled Wij leven als god in Frankrijk is one of the best tracks, sounding like a harder Soundgarden.

As the music is never really fast, with doom, stoner and desert elements dominating, a Black Sabbath influence can’t be denied, even though The Cursed are always trying to bring some fresh ideas into the doom rock genre. Serpentine Slither has a slow start, but develops into a heavier rock track with some jazz rhythms. All’s Right is a more dramatic track, and Generate Her shows the band from an angrier side.

Room Full Of Sinners doesn’t fascinate me as much as early OverKill, Hades and Non Fiction albums, but it’s still far above the average metal albums I have to review, and therefore will certainly find its way into my CD-player a couple more times in the future.

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