Cursed Cemetery – A Forgotten Epitaph

Cursed Cemetery is a band that since its first steps has had as common denominator the presence of Fulmineos, one of the most active Romanian musicians as well as involved in excellent realities such as Katharos XIII, Argus Megere, Ordinul Negru and Kultika. A Forgotten Epitaph is the fourth full length in the course of fifteen years that have seen Cursed Cemetery start from a black metal base and then open up to more avant-garde sounds that, in this case, find their ideal synthesis, although it must be said immediately that the work is not at all easy to decipher. The fact that the duration of the album is one hour distributed along only three tracks is a clue that makes almost a proof and, probably, the greatest difficulty that the average listener will have to face is the lack of a canonical stylistic thread, if not that of a doom dark ambient matrix with the black repertoire always in the background. Fulmineos, who takes care of all the instruments except the rhythmic base, has often changed his musical partners during the band’s career: on the occasion of A Forgotten Epitaph he uses M II on bass and Khrudd, a pseudonym for Daniel Neagoe who contribute with drums and with a scream of almost dsbm imprint instead of his textbook growl. The percussive work assumes a greater importance in the economy of a work that oscillates between sudden outbursts, ambient pauses and some melodic opening coinciding with the slowdowns; the last and longest track, Burned Anchor, summarizes practically all the compositional knowledge of Cursed Cemetery, while the previous title track is initially characterized by a sludge guitar work, before other perilous paths are taken. The opener Daimon, however, is the most impressive episode of the three, as an ominous dark ambient is torn first by a break of unprecedented ferocity, then by a subsequent fragment of masterful funeral death doom until it defragments into an austere jumble of monastic chants, insinuating recitations and disturbing noises. Those who are looking for linear sounds should keep away from it, but those who are attracted to a varied sound, multifaceted but deep and not only brainy, could be pleasantly surprised by this good album.

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