ALCHEMICAL EXPERIMENTS RETURNS TO 1701-1760 ERA TO RECONNECT TO DETROIT'S FRENCH ORIGINS. CENTURIES-OLD AKASHIC RECORDS REVIEWED


HOLY CURSE
The Empire Hotel, Annandale
Thursday, November 3, 2005

By d'ESTROIT SLICK

What I heard was that it was a sound loyal to Birdman-New Christs-MC5-Sonics Rendezvous. I thought ... "oh". I wasn't particularly excited at the prospect. I was told they were good, but this was from people who just can never get enough of that sort of thing, and can't help but saying nice things about people they like.

Well, such a description made my expectations VERY different from what was delivered

What I found was a superb example that something special and unique can be found in familiar places for those who go deep enough. Go deep enough with sincerity of spirit, with a heart that is clean and generous of soul and the source can be tapped

Yet to be pure spirit does not break boundaries on it own. Such freshness is in this stuff. It no doubt is a product of a total lack of laziness in its artistic work. Here is where that freshness comes from, these guys mine that deep well that is the source of these good things, and they bring it back alive and kicking. This is an act of generosity that's felt in the spectator.

Holy Curse has that special something that separates it from others of its genre. This stuff should be in soundtracks of great movies.The heavy hard hitting action is ...very awake , the lyrics are poetic that would stand on it own without music.

The delivery intrudes with its wakefulness. Only the thickest dullard could wall it out.

This band has obviously slow-cooked for a long time, without being jaded.

I could listen to it many times over again. All the elements when listened to separately can be entertaining on their own. Listen once - it could be the bass that entertains, next time the guitar. Why? Because one thing these guys have mastered is heavy action that is full of movement, without it becoming a self-indulgent blur. Not many do that at that level of energy.

So this has all become new again, so it often is with foreigners. The Stones, no matter how deep they tried to go into the Delta, still were the Stones, as were so many American Beatles- inspired garage bands.

This is heavy, hard-hitting action that has both intelligence and not well hidden warmth and, when appropriate, menace. It's infectious and inspiring,and perhaps most importantly it's REALLY FUN. It is certainly is strong and willing - as that Bowie knife drives in hard without fear that it could bend in the process

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