Vision Of Disorder – The Cursed Remain Cursed (Candlelight)

New York’s Vision Of Disorder Release Another Bite Of Cursed Hardcore
Release Date: 
16 Sep 2012 - 11:30pm

Vision Of Disorder almost had it all. Riding the wave of the fusion of hardcore and heavy metal they emerged young and angry in 1992. As the decade progressed and they began to commit their aural explosions to tape, firstly with Vision Of Disorder in 1996, they could never quite deliver on what promised to be something special.

This did not stop them from releasing a further three albums before the whole vision went blind in 2002. Incredibly, 11 years after their last album and a few bit-parts throughout the last decade, VOD finally put together new material. The band has been talking up the new album for the last two years and The Cursed Remain Cursed is finally here.

Maybe the title is a reference to their fall-outs with record companies and indeed it hasn’t been an easy ride getting here. But then, who has ever created a great album out of an easy ride? This would not have led them to the angry, bassy blast of Annihilator or Skullz Out (Rot In Pieces) – a brilliantly constructed mix of half swampy riffs over Tim Williams’ lazy drawl and half caffeinated power chords and fervent screams. Similarly, album opener Loveless is a tumbling boulder of hard metal rolling around the soaring vocal hook.

Their trade in turn-of-the-century metal has not completely disappeared and rightfully so. Despite its toe tag, Nu Metal still gave out some impressive talent. But where 2001’s From Bliss To Devastation was self-consciously heavy with nu-metal, VOD has done away with the sluggish, stuttering riffs in favour of powerful, flowing riffs to violently headbang along to.

Tim Williams has toned down his harsh metalcore screams for a cleaner, more defined vocal. Still gruff around the edges but working better with guitarists Mike Kennedy and Matt Baumbach to forge some impressive choruses.

This updated sound might put off some long-time die-hard fans. That said, it is their most accessible album and opens huge avenues for VOD’s sound, however rotten their luck.