Album review: Integrity - 'The Blackest Curse' (Deathwish Inc)

The hardest of the hardcore

Cleveland, Ohio, 1991: a band called Integrity changed the sound and aesthetics of hardcore by foregoing their straight-edge roots and messing heavily with LSD. Led by singer Dwid Hellion, the experiments resulted in an album, ‘Those Who Fear Tomorrow’, that blended metal with brutal punk rock and lyrics that praised violence and murder cults. The impact was so big that a million copycat bands formed, all of lesser quality. Integrity would go on to become one of the most loved and hated groups in the history of hardcore, with rumoured shootings, knifings and beatings attributed to their name. After myriad line-up changes, the latest incarnation is one of the strongest for years. This record is a horror film made into music. It sounds like Slayer on steroids with the Manson Family conducting a human sacrifice in the background. This month, let all other modern hardcore or metal releases cease to exist and plunge yourself into the dark heart of ‘The Blackest Curse’.

Andy Capper
9 / 10

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