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Curse and Chapter
August 2015
Released: 2013, Nuclear Blast Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

This month I also reviewed the debut Hell album entitled HUMAN REMAINS. That is a considerably more detailed review, detailing my thoughts on the band and some history. Please feel free to check it out as well.

Much like the debut, CURSE & CHAPTER has really great layout, design and artwork and is top notch in terms of production and song-writing. The album starts exactly where the last one left off with the clever pun about human remains and then it launches into one of the strongest songs on the album, ‘The Age Of Nefarious’, a nice play on words and a little tiny musical nod to the soundtrack song from the movie ‘Hair’, originally performed by the band Fifth Dimension in 1967.

Once again the lyrics and wordplay of Kevin Bower are top-notch with many clever rhyming schemes and special turn-of-phrases. His vocal delivery is still as manic and twisted as ever reminding of old Warrell Dane (first era Sanctuary) and King Diamond. The guitar tone is great and the song tear along but with many tempo changes and twists and turns. There are some good points where orchestration and gothic sounds are integrated in and there are many sound effects to vary the sonic landscape. I can’t see any fan of Morgana LeFay, Tad Morose, new era Mercyful Fate not enjoying this album. This album has more new material, (and yet another cover by Race Against time) instead of reworking mostly older stuff, but it still written and performed in the original style with perhaps a slightly more horror soundtrack quality reliant on keyboards.

Even though CURSE & CHAPTER doesn’t quite capture the magick of the glorious debut, it is still a superb album.
Track Listing

1. Gehennae Incendiis
2. The Age of Nefarious
3. The Disposer Supreme
4. Darkhangel
5. Harbinger of Death
6. End ov Days
7. Deathsquad
8. Something Wicked This Way Comes
9. Faith Will Fall
10. Land of the Living Dead
11. Deliver Us from Evil
12. A Vespertine Legacy


David Bower Vocals
Andy Sneap Guitars
Kev Bower Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Speakman Bass
Tim Bowler Drums



Concert Reviews

» Touring Across This Planet Hell - Nightwish in Seattle

» Dokken on Hell to Pay European Tour Copenhagen Denmark 2005

» Hellfueled live at KB in Malm? Sweden 2005

» Helloween Live in New York City at Coney Island High

» Hellfueled Born II Rock tour headline at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2005

» Bolt Thrower, Amoral, HellBox : Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland

» Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Tarot, Graham Bonnet & Twilightning

» Heaven and Hell / Megadeth / Down Live In Vancouver: March 11, 2007

» Hellfueled live in Malm Sweden 2007

» Masterplan and Hellfueled live at KB in Malm Sweden

» Cage - Hell Destroyer Record Release w/ Agent Steel

» Venom The 7 Scandinavien dates of Hell Tour 2007 at KB in Malm Sweden

» Heaven and Hell live at KB-hallen in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

» Heaven and Hell: Live in Helsinki

» HELLISH ROCK - Helloween, Gamma Ray and Axxis in Finland

» Helloween / Gamma Ray / Axxis - Shepherds Bush Empire, London

» Helloween and Gamma Ray at Mejeriet in Lund Sweden 2007

» Helloween in Australia

» The Hellacopters - The Tour Before The Fall at Mejeriet Lund Sweden

» Nashville Pussy - From Hell To Texas European Tour at KB Malmoe Sweden 2009

» The Black Curse Over Hellsinki April 2009

» Copenhell Festival 2010 at Refshaleoen Copenhagen, Denmark

» HELLOWEEN with Stratovarius and Avatar

» Helloween with Stratovarius at The 7 Sinners World Tour, European tour Mejeriet Lund Sweden

» Hell's Pleasure 2010

» Copenhell Festival 2011 at Refshaleoen in Copenhagen Denmark

» Hellfest - Clisson France

» SABATON With Hell @ KoKo, Camden

» Mustasch on Sounds Like Hell Looks Like Heaven Scandinavia Tour 2012 Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden


» Copenhell Festival 2012 at Refshaleoen Copenhagen, Denmark

» Barge to Hell Dec. 3-7 2012

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