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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

Rated 3.64/5 (72.73%) (11 Votes)

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.

Track Listing:
  1. The Splatterbeast
  2. Stomped to Death
  3. Bodies are Rising
  4. Festival of Flesh
  5. Elijah Black
  6. Scotty Came Back
  7. Hemline
  8. Die Violently
  9. By the Hook
  10. Avenue of the Dead
  11. Fuck Sorry
  12. Martha's Disciples
  13. Seriously Dead
  14. Splatter Rock II
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