Mother Of Curses

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  • Summary: The debut album for the rock band led by Todd Albert Rittmann.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. The result is a slinky, spiky, minimalist groove, clanking like some kind of extinct, rusty machinery. Lyrics are impressionistic, insinuated over heaving rhythms in not-quite-linear blurts of imagery, but they seem to consider the place of music in times of conflict.
  2. While the flowing, assembled vibe of Mother of Curses makes for a unique listen, it rarely reaches beyond the realm of sonic curiosity.
  3. Demanding, absorbing, and, for better or worse, never feeling like a cohesive album, Mother of Curses is a collection of shocking truths set to stun the senses.
  4. Mother of Curses feels suffocating: it’s experimental but constrained and bleak but not humanistic or relatable.
  5. Crafting art-house meanderings that rock turns out to be the easy part. It's sticking the landing that's hard, and no matter how much D. Rider twists, turns and tumbles in midair, they're just not there yet.
  6. Whatever the band’s intent, though, Mother of Curses simply doesn’t work.