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CURBEATERS - 'Time Is Unforgiving' (EP)


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YomaBarr Can pre-Ultha be even more intense than Ultha?
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Mohemian How I just wish that they would have released more than these 3 lonely tracks. But I guess we need to count our blessings that Curbeaters ever made it to an EP at all. Time is Unforgiving is living proof that Ralph is not only a talented musician, but that he also has a very diverse taste in music. Take pieces of hardcore or death metal and blend it with Depeche Mode, F.o.t.N., and New Model Army and you are not even near to what you will experience during the 20 minutes of this EP. Ingenious. Favorite track: Bitter Flood.
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ARD Dark, melodic, energy-packed. Brilliant! Favorite track: Bitter Flood.
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Death felt alive in the moments we shared Absolute power and noone still cared The days turned to weeks and weeks into months. I don't mind. I don't fear. I felt nothing. Leave me here, heartbeats away. Kissed it goodbye. Every inch of hope was removed. Your damage to me feels endless. Where you are, the light is not reflected. You lied about the light in me.
Phreatic 06:27
There is no light, no faith, no hope. Faces of strangers tell me I'm wrong. Where is your saviour now? Tell me: Where is he now? I turned towards a falling sun, where love and lies and I were one. Is this your love? Is this your child? This cross around your neck is like a splinter in your head. Hollow words on hollow pages. Obliterate the obsolote.
Bitter Flood 05:56
Every soul is looking for a proof, a proof the world is a little better with you in it. This doubt succeeds... it bleeds for hours. This doubt succeeds... it sleeps for days. And all of a sudden there is this urge to open up to everyone. This soul is heading down, down towards none, down towards nothingness, where everyone is beautiful because everyone is dying. This love for everything that made you leave. This love for everyone who left you bruised and bitter.


CURBEATERS are/were kind of like “the father you never saw and didn't know was there, but suddenly he knocks at your door“. At least that's kind of like the case to well-known German acts BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS, IRA, PLANKS and ULTHA.
The history:
In 2002 all members of the project spent a lot of time on a German message board for underground DIY punk/hardcore/metal and they mutually knew each other from shows and festivals. Several ideas for projects were founded by memebrs of that board – non ever really gave birth to a record. Tom, Andy and Geb met for one weekend to praticse and record a few ideas. Ralph was supposed to play bass but couldn't make it to that weekend. So the remaining members recorded the three tracks on this very record. There was never another proper rehearsal or plans to commence the band, but the instrumental tracks made their way through various channels and always got great feedback. The originally intended singer never made it to record vocals, so the whole thing just kind of faded to a distant memory and all members went on to play in some of the most well-known acts in German DIY metal/doom.
Fast forward to 2016: Andy and Ralph both ended up in Cologne, playing together in a black metal band called Ultha. Andy is a professional recording enginieer and always kept up hope to actually finish the songs at some point. After an intital push by Timo (Golden Antenna Records) a few years back, to have Ralph record the vocals, the idea popped back up in 2016. Andy just opened his Goblin Sound Studio and Ralph is fairly well known for his trademark lyrics and vocal performance in now defunct Golden Antenna Records act Planks. Ralph wrote some lyrics and tried out the vocals – it turned out to be a perfect match for the three doom laden sludgy rock songs.
Now hell froze over and Andy's persistance paid off: 'Time Is Unforgiving', a three song EP and the result of more than 15 years in the making. Limited to 300 records on vinyl distributed by the label which played a major part in why this thing came together after all these years.
CURBEATERS consisted of
TOM (Ex-Ira, Ex-Blindspot aD.)
ANDY (Ex-Ira, Ex-Blindspot aD, now Ultha)
GEB (Ex-Black Shape Of Nexus)
RALPH (Ex-Planks, now Ultha)


released April 5, 2017


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