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Ramesses : Take the Curse

Since the first time Ramesses blasted through a creepy carnival-sound introduction on their 2003 split with Negative Reaction, they've been an unstoppable juggernaut of gigantic proportions. Ramesses’ output is full of solid releases, and 2010 is the year of another full-length entitled, ’Take the Curse’, which may prove to be their best offering to date.

Their sound is still metallic and creepy as fuck. On this disc, the band continues doing what they do best: keeping the distorted lyrics, a popping snare, and sludgy guitars that sound as if made from hollowed-out cigar boxes and being played under water… and they also expand their sound here as well.

On the opening track, ‘Iron Crow’ you get it all—the past, the present, and the future of Ramesses. It’s absolutely crushing and leaves no doubt that Ramesses are taking on all comers with this one. ‘Take the Curse’ continues with ‘Terrasaw’ which opens up with the eerie sound of a woman sobbing as if she’s being tortured, and then we have ‘Black Hash Mass’ which pays homage to Darkthrone and their Black Metal peers. ‘Take the Curse’ seems to have a Black metal influence over it and fans will have no problem with it. It fits.

Other hypnotic jams off ‘Take the Curse’ that all looking to get their nod on should check out, are: ‘The Weakening,’ ‘Take the Curse,’ and ‘Black Khali Mist.’

Singer Adam Richardson seems to have embraced a cleaner singing style on some tunes, making songs shine in certain places and really prevents any monotony to creep in. But don’t fret. The growls are still there—plus everything else you like. This is just new. This is the sound of a band progressing and achieving their potential. This is a challenge to bands that duplicate their own sound and others’. This is evolution. This is what also makes Ramesses unique.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Iron Crow
2. Terrasaw
3. Black Hash Mass
4. Take the Curse
5. Vinho dos Mortos
6. Baptism of the Walking Dead
7. Another Skeleton
8. Hand of GLory
9. The Weakening
10. Khali Mist

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

Visit the Ramesses bandpage.

Reviewed on 22-06-2010 by Mark Breckles
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