another integrity record that sits on my shelf for quite some time now. it's another newish release of them, the 2010 output called 'the blackest curse'. i got this record from per koro distro simply because i already had 'suicide black snake' in my collection and wanted more stuff of integ. when i read somewhere that the record is a conceptional album based on a book written by vocalist dwid, this was where they really got me interested.
maybe my research wasn't thoroughly enough but unfortunately i couldn't find any information about this book. i read a forum entry in which dwid was quoted with: 'the album is a concept album based on a book i have written and it follows that story-line premise.' does anyone know anything about this book? does it even exist? apart from these questions, the record itself is pretty good.
it's that typical harsh, unpolished mix between metal and hardcore. not that trendy and all too smooth metalcore of more recent hardcore history, but that snotty punk and slayer worship mix integrity is known and loved for among confidants. check out 'through the shadows of forever' and 'before the vvorld vvas young', where those blusier elements, which the band picked up again for 'suicide black snake' later on, can be heard.
the band released their album through deathwish inc. records. after 'to die for' for the second and the last time since. i got a copy of the second press. it comes on grey vinyl and is issued with a giant poster. sadly the flip-side of the poster didn't come with any printed lyrics. i know, i could use the internet but i am old-fashioned like that. an insert would have been real nice. the latest re-press has a lp-sized booklet coming with it. well, i doubt i'll get a copy. whatever, 1100 copies made. deathwish inc. 2010.