Monday 8 June 2020

Curse The Son - Excruciation (Album Review)

Release date: June 12th 2020. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Excruciation – Tracklisting

1. Suicide By Drummer
2. Disaster In Denial
3. Novembre
4. Worry Garden
5. Excruciation
6. Infinite Regression
7. Black Box Warning
8. Devil Doctor Blues
9. Phoenix Risin’


Ron Vanacore – Guitars & Vocals
Brendan Keefe – Bass & Vocals
Robert Ives – Drums


Stoner/Doom Metallers Curse The Son had quite the journey between their new album Excruciation and last album Isolator released back in 2016. The band have changed band members and bassist Brendan Keefe suffered a terrible accident back in 2018 and just when the band started recording this album. Fast forward to 2020 and Curse The Son are back with perhaps their heaviest and most devastating album to date.

The band have progressed with the dark and heavy sounds heard on their last album. Drawing on past musical influences such as Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus and even Soundgarden. Excruciation is the type of album that will feel right at home with both old school Doom/Stoner Metal fans and Grunge Fans. As this album offers listeners the best of both worlds and then some with enough inventive heavy sounds to last a few albums never-mind just one.

Opening song – Suicide By Drummer – is a bleak and dark offering with the band showing their new style of music with the Doom Metal part of their sound being the main driving force here. Strands of Classic Hard Rock, Stoner Metal and Grunge play an equal part as well but Curse The Son thrive on the more bleaker Sabbathian based grooves they play here. Add a few claustrophobic Psychedelic riffs towards the end of the song and Curse The Son are brimming with confidence from start to finish.

Second song – Disaster In Denial – has a 70’s Doom seedy underbelly with twisted heavy guitars and drumming being played at a slow pace and having a grizzled FUCKED-UP attitude to match. The vocals have a slight Chris Cornell and Ozzy Osbourne vibe but with a more chilling effect. The music can be quite “Drone” based in places but it gives the album a whole gloomy dramatic effect.

The rest of the album follows the same path as the opening two songs with Curse The Son becoming more and more confident with their hybrid Grunge, Doom and Stoner Metal sound allowing their band experiment with the more twisted Psychedelic parts the album ultimately possess.

Standout songs on the album include – Novembre, Worry Garden, Excruciation, Black Box Warning and Devil Doctor Blues. As these are the songs that Curse The Son ultimately excel at by playing wickedly addictive riffs that’s helped along by superb lyrics and first rate vocals provided by Ron and Brendan.

The band are helped along by Robert Ives on drumming duties and he brings his own style of drumming compared to previous drummer Michael Petrucci. Robert could have easily followed Michael’s lead on drums but he does his own thing on the album and this allows Curse The Son to play a different style of music compared to previous releases. Robert is part of Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal collective – Problems With Dragons – if you want to check out his other great band.

Anyway, this is Curse The Son’s show and what a show they have in store for long time fans of the band with Excruciation. The album is bolstered by top-notch production once again which is part of the parcel when you’re currently signed to Ripple Music.

Excruciation is another outstanding record from Curse The Son and you wouldn’t expect anything less from this great band.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Purple Sage PR for the promo. Excruciation will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from June 12th 2020.