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Review: The Accüsed - The Curse of Martha Splatterhead
The Accüsed
The Curse of Martha Splatterhead

Label: Southern Lord
Year released: 2009
Duration: 29:41
Tracks: 14
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Curse of Martha Splatterhead


I never really followed The Accused, since I lumped them in with the punk/hardcore scene, and their lyrics and song titles always seemed silly. The ‘crossover' scene of the late 80's didn't really produce much that was worth hearing besides the Cro-Mag's Best Wishes album, and mining that vein when there are so many better ones seemed pointless. But I got this as a promo from Southern Lord, and so it at least gets a spin.

I have to say, I don't hear anything hardcore about this sound, except for the brutally short songs (an epic for this band is a song over 3 minutes long), which are obviously a holdover from their punk days. The riffs on here are pure Thrash, with a lot of manic speed and a good guitar sound. The problem is that the riffs get repeated too much, and they are not good enough to stand up to that. The vocals are a sort of screamy yap that actually doesn't sound ‘coreish at all, but still doesn't add much to the music. This disc has a lot of energy, but nothing resembling depth either musically or lyrically. Overall I found this decent, but not anything to get really excited about.

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