Curl Up And Die may just be the band that has been present through the entirety of the time that NeuFutur has been a print zine. Our first review of Curl Up and Die was about their â€œThe Only Good Bug Is A Dead Bugâ€ album, and the band has tightened up their sound more than a little bit since then. The screamed-out vocals of Mike really do not convey vocals as much as provide another brutal, guitar-like sound to each of the tracks on â€œThe One Above Allâ€. The driving guitar riffs of â€œAn Uncomfortable Routineâ€ really take hold of a listener completely when Mike moves into some sort of traditional melodic, verbal role for eir vocals. The short track length of the majority of the tracks on â€œThe One Above Allâ€, coupled with the orientation of the disc being more like 11 different movements of one symphony, makes Curl Up And Die the purveyors of a huge, 33 minute long chunk of music. Instead of being able to simply turn off the disc, one necessarily has to hear the story that the band tells through tracks like â€œInstrumentalâ€ and â€œUltra Carb Dietâ€¦â€.
While atmospheric music is not usually the forte of metal and hardcore acts, Curl Up And Die nonetheless creates a dark and gloomy landscape with the incorporation of shrill and noisy guitar riffs flashing like lightning above the hustle of â€œBlack Outâ€. â€œThere Is Never Enough Time To Do Nothingâ€ is perhaps the darkest and most intense that Curl Up And Die gets during â€œThe One Above Allâ€. Imagine a blues-fueled guitar, stretched out and creeping up the scales while the vocals and ever-present drums really fill out the track, and one will begin to see the brilliance in the track. The progressive metal-influenced interlude that is present during â€œTo Do Nothingâ€ shows a band that is definitely not a one-trick pony, as the slower tempo is done with such talent that one honestly could see Curl Up And Die centering an entire album around this about-face.
Curl Up And Die are the iconic creators of an entirely new brand of music; with tracks like â€œIâ€™m Trying To Flyâ€¦â€ they move away from the brand of hardcore that extols the value of technical virtuosity over accessibility without moving into the opposite, power-chord brand of music. Metal, hardcore, goth, thrash and a whole hell of a lot more makes this an album equally accessible by all.
Top Tracks: Iâ€™m Trying To Fly To The Moonâ€¦, Instrumental
Curl Up And Die â€“ The One Above All, The End of All That Is / 2005 Revelation / 11 Tracks / http://www.curlupanddie.net / http://www.revhq.com / Reviewed 23 August 2005