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Cursed and Proud
July 2012
Released: 2011, Abyss Records
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

I understand the need to build atmosphere, but 50 seconds of unmoving churning at the beginning of the opening track doesn’t really do it for me, then again neither does the rest of the song, a rather drab thrashy sound that which has a pretty cool, gritty guitar tone but is ultimately rather uninspiring.

Sincera’s sound harks back to a simpler time, a time when Black Metal acts thrashed out a couple of tremolo-picked chords, where children could play in the embers of burnt down Churches and when pieces of skull made legitimate jewelery – unfortunately Sincera fail to resurrect the ghosts of the masters that came before them – delivering a rather paltry effort. Norwegian Black Metal is normally a good, albeit misguided, selling point, but these Scandinavians are treading a path worn so thin it’s now possible to see into the depths of hell, and they do little to make themselves stand out from the myriad of other bands plying the same goods.

This album is a split, the first four tracks coming from a normal studio set-up, whereas the next four are the sound taken from a camcorder at a live show. An idea so kvlt that calling it kvlt devoids it of its kvlt-ness/this may appeal to those looking for a kvlt-overload, a kvlt-gasm even, surprisingly the audio quality is far better than you might imagine, but the overall result is pretty...well, not dismal – but being dragged around shops by my girlfriend is a lot more fun.

Review by Sam McKavanagh
Track Listing

Tall and Proud
A Griever’s Soul
Cursed (Could Have Been Such a Beautiful Word If Not Thrown Upon By Others)
Die Like Jesus Christ
Where Am I !?!
Smell of Fear
Byron Lawless


Bjørn "Tiger" Mathisen - Guitars
Thomas Andresen - Vocals, Bass
Thomas Aamodt - Guitars, Synth
Lars Erik Duserud - Drums

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