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The Curf
(Death and Love)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.8 of 11
Genre:
Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like:
Sons of Otis, Roachpowder, Low Orbit
Dense, trippy and spacey sludge rock is what The Curf bring on their latest release Death and Love. The threesome from Greece has released a beast upon the sludge rock universe. This album is loaded with sedated smoked-filled riffs, grinding stoned grooves and atmospheric sludge to boot. The Curf have a unique chemistry that sets them apart from their respective genre mates. Death and Love is a grower, with each listen we were pulled deeper and deeper into their atmospheric sludge-filled vortex.

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Vocal Performance - 8.7 of 11
The lead vocals of Chris A. are one of the many draws to the album. He casts a wide range with deep vocal inflections that are downright trippy. Plus, the addition of guest vocalist Nancy Sim on the track “9-6” is a brilliant turn of events.

Weight of the Heavy – 9.2 of 11
Death and Love is a heavy beast; their music reminds us of Sons of Otis meets Low Orbit with sprinkles of the now defunct Roachpowder.

Lyrics and Song Structure – 8.8 of 11
The dense combination of spaced-out lyrics with sludgy heavy tunes is right up our alley.

Fretwork Prowess – 8.9 of 11
The thick, rhythmic sludge is a thing of beauty.

Overall Album Flow – 8.8 of 11
All nine tracks weave beautifully between one another, it’s very hard not to listen to this one in its entirety.

Contrast – 6 of 11
The album never really strays to far from atmospheric sludge vibe.

Album Cover Aesthetics – 10 of 11
The cover art designed by Vagelis Petikas (Revolver Design) is remarkable and detailed, it definitely lured us in and adds to the aura of The Curf.

Production Value – 9 of 11
Solid production on this one, so crank this mother up, it will test your system.

Standout Track(s)
“Dark Hado,”the first cut just sucked with the vocal hymns in the beginning and never let go. “9-6,” is absolutely an amazing track with the guest vocal performance by Nancy Sim, it has an Acid King vibe to it.  “Smoke Ring” is just so fucking fluent and the guitar tone is just brilliant.

Alcohol Pairing
Let’s go with a brew from Greece and enjoy some Noctua Night Vision Black IPA. The dark brown color, aroma of coffee and roasted malts is the perfect companion to The Curf.

Lasting Impression

We find ourselves reaching for this album often when the mood strikes for some heavy sludge rock. It does not get old, in fact we hear new and intriguing nuances scattered throughout. - 1/24/2018

Tracklist:
1. Dark Hado 04:40 reaching for this album
2. Motor Curf 03:11
3. Let Go 05:13
4. Smoke Ring 04:55
5. Order N Sin 05:12
6. Lunar Lair 04:14
7. 9-6 05:25
8. California 03:05
9. Death and Love 06:20

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