Review by JD on July 23, 2013.
I have always supported all Canadian Metal, and always will. It then pains me greatly if I find a band that I can’t throw my support behind, even though they fly the maple leaf proudly. The Orchid’s Curse is a band based in Nova Scotia and sadly is one of the few after they had put out a previous album that kicked ass, and then they did another one.
Playing a mixture of Melodic Death Metal, Groove and Metalcore, the band seems willing to go to extremes in the musical end of things– and I liked that on the last album I had reviewed from them ("Voices: Tales Of A Broken Man"). I liked so much that I gave them a 9.4. I wished for those days for them. The newer album seems to be a pale reflection of this band, even though there is some shading of brilliance there.
The last album was full of lyrical introspection and this air of wisdom that perfectly aligned itself with the powerful music that partnered with every syllable spat – this was more of what made The Orchid’s Curse so good. On "Words", it seemed like they try to keep that angle going, but they lost the mark somewhere. Musically crushing, the lyrics are sometimes muddled in its message, tending to lose its punch. They have a strong message, they dropped the ball here.
Still enjoying the strong music of The Orchid’s Curse, I see greatness still happening for them. The lyrics on the other hand, need something different. Not with the message they try to bring, just how it is delivered. Words are a strong way of getting your soul across to the masses, but if they come out confused – then you have a serious problem.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.8 out of 10