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Cursed's debut album (fittingly entitled One) is a conglomeration of short blasts of metallic fury and longer dirgelike numbers. Although the latter show a Neurosis influence, the larger influence would seem to be Integrity, while simultaneously reminiscent of the dirty, barreling-forward metallic hardcore from such scenes as Boston and upstate New York. The 11 songs speak out about blind patriotism, Christianity, relationships, and the other typical content one might expect from a hardcore album. The album surely gets its point across, and while not particularly boring, there isn't much that shakes things up, either (the exception being the killer riff at the end of the fifth song). With such a flurry of albums being released among this genre of music, it's going to take quite a bit to pique the interest of the average metal/hardcore fan, and One isn't quite there.

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