Fun fact: when I was downloading this album from their Bandcamp page, I got a recommendation to download a Pallbearer album as well. Since I've only recently discovered Pallbearer and love their music I got even more curious about Bright Curse's selftitled 12". Bright Curse seems to be another one of those bands who have trouble finding a bass player. With several changes the Englishmen hope to have finally found a steady 'groove monger' in Max, who hails from Sweden. After listening to the album I can only hope that Max stays with the band so they can go on an extensive tour, including a gig in my hometown of Antwerp.
A Sonic Wave is a pretty weird piece of music to kick-off this e.p. With a timespan over a bit over one minute it could be an intro but it sounds more like and unfinished song that is mixed in with the second track, 'The Hermit'. 'The Hermit' itself is an awesome psychedelic doom track, bringing back the glorious days when doom metal wasn't all about making riffs as heavy as possible without thinking about songwriting. With their seventies sounding guitars and clean but powerful vocals Bright Curse prove their talent and enthusiasm. 'The Unknown Mistress' reaches even further back into the sixties. From a vocal standpoint this isn't the best song on the record but musically it's pretty great. With uncomplicated and recognizable riffs Bright Curse are well able to keep the listener interested, which is a huge plus if you write songs that last between seven and nine minutes.
The most striking element in this recording is the vintage feel. Nothing about this album sounds like it's been recorded in 2014. Even the production and mastering make it sound like it's a product of the early seventies, recorded in a sweat-stained wooden hut in a dense English forest. 'What Beyond The Sun?' is probably the best song on this album with a lot of clean guitars creating a trippy atmosphere. The album closes with 'Mind Traveller', which incorporates some early blues influences as well as early hard rock and Danzig-like vocals. In short, it's a very compelling album from a band that should actually be 'bigger' than they are at this point. Bright Curse seems to be all about simplicity; nothing about this album sounds very complicated but there's some genius in that because this simplicity is the basis for a well-balanced trip.
This album is still available on marbled vinyl (white edition is sold out already) and as a digital download. The download is 'name your price' so you can get it for free if you like. However I would suggest listening to the album and paying a little something if you like to. After all, this is a very enjoyable e.p. that lasts for over thirty minutes, definately worth your time and a bit of virtual cash.