2001 Status Recordings
Curl Up And Die will most likely appeal to fans of punchy and aggressive hardcore, similar to the product peddled by none other than Poison The Well. These guys are aggressive, technical, and unpredictable. Rarely sticking with one groove or hook for more than ten seconds, the band tears in to you from every direction, with piercing guitar leads and chaotic beats. The raspy vocals remind me of some ill-intentioned parasite frantically searching a host lifeform for vulnerable points of entry. They'll get to you one way or another. Although they obviously enjoy experimenting with dissonant tapestries of guitar leads and mututated harmonics, Curl Up And Die are totally capable of laying down some ultra-heavy hardcore grooves. Witness some killer breakdowns in "And Then The Robots Killed" and "Hella Vegas Kids Say Hella". They also have a keen sense of melody, as they infuse some brief, but thoughtfully melodic moments into their hardcore onslaught. The music is tight and the musicianship appears admirable. Aiding the effort is a clean and clear production effort from Paul Miner (Death By Stereo). Bottom Line: This brief album (that's why it's called an MCD) paints a very promising picture of Curl Up And Die. They've managed to combine the best elements of aggressive hardcore and subtle melody with a distinct flavor all their own. Don't get us wrong, there's definitely room for improvement, but not too much. If they're able to deliver an equally compelling full-length in the near future, these guys could make some waves.
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xcowabungax_ 6/26/2005 3:24:50 AM
second post. incredible debut by an incredible band