Cursed Legacy

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Cursed Legacy
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresHeavy metal, Progressive Rock, Folk Rock (early), Doom
Years active2008–present
LabelsIndependent, AudioDefine Records
Associated actsLord
WebsiteCursedlegacy.net

Cursed Legacy is a British-Australian progressive rock group[1] project that was formed in 2008. Their album's, characterised as rock operas or concept records, have varied from soft alternative rock to heavy metal. As of 2015 they have released three albums, one EP and a compilation album featuring freshly mixed tracks with a rock musical in development.

The band had no solid line-up until 2015, with Cask J. Thomson as the sole permanent member[2]. The band's musicians and composers are from Scotland, Australia, England and Finland respectively.[3]

Death of a Hero (2008) and The Encounter I: Bound for Nonexistence (2012)[edit]

Their debut album Death of a Hero was released in December 2008 through Festival Mushroom Records in Australia and independently worldwide. The album spawned two tracks "Maybe One Day" which received airplay in Australia and Mexico which was followed by "Mistress" which featured on Australia's FBI and Triple J radio stations. The album's quality has been compared to that of earlier releases in history due to its completely analog recording and mastering process. There are subtle but audible glitches throughout the album as a result.

The second release The Encounter I: Bound for Nonexistence was released worldwide on 21 December 2012 and departed from the project's soft sound, incorporating screamo vocals for the first time and featuring a full band. Despite having performed as an acoustic group in the past with various session musicians, the band ceased live performances starting from 2012. The Encounter deals with the psychological trauma of alien abduction. The album's lyrical content was examined by panel guests at MUFON Conference of whom the concept was inspired by. The album was briefly featured and showcased on Microsoft's Xbox Live Music store in December 2012.

Tortured by Remorse (2014) and Lunar Isolation Musical Album (2017)[edit]

Cursed Legacy released the exclusive digital album "Discard Once Motionless" through Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-want basis. It was featured on the homepage on the day of release as the first part of a two-part set with the second titled "Embrace when Moving" however the second half was scrapped and the record was not released in physical form.

In early 2014, the project announced a new narrative-based album that would loosely tie in with the concept of their debut. "Tortured by Remorse" was released. It was described as a "Mix between Genesis and Yes" by Classic Rock Magazine Australia. The album's largely piano based sound was well received by critics.[4] Later that year the band signed a contract with an independent publisher to release a compilation of newly mixed and edited tracks from prior releases. "This is Cursed Legacy" contains digitally remastered versions of songs from the analog Death of a Hero.[5]

In 2015, it was revealed that a rock musical was in the works.[6] The composition of "Lunar Isolation" would be done by a film composer and will contain various guest artists and the projects first voice cast and narrator. Lord Tim of metal bands Lord and Dungeon was revealed as a guitarist for the musical.[7] The album was to be funded using crowdfunding site Kickstarter but was removed several days after launching for unmentioned reasons[8] According to the band's press release the album is about a man who is falsely imprisoned and sentenced to work on the moon as a miner. The album is set for a tentative 2017 release date. A promotional video featuring a sample of the album was released in August 2015 stating that the record will 'define a new chapter in Cursed Legacy' switching the band's signature sound of melancholy folk rock.[9] Several special guests are expected to appear on the album.

In January 2016, Cursed Legacy announced via their Facebook page that the first single from the album titled "Time to Go" would premiere on the 1st of February.[10] with the 2008-2014 releases to be considered "the first era" of the band[11] It has also been suggested that a stage show based on the album is in the works.[12] On February 10, an EP featuring several mixes of the track "Time to Go" was released.[13][14] The artist and label revealed in March that all previous releases would be deleted and removed from sale[15]

Musical style[edit]

Cursed Legacy's musical style ranges from folk, doom metal and ambient. The debut release Death of a Hero was singer/songwriter focused as opposed to The Encounter which contained metalcore growls and heavy instrumentation. The band's music often ties in with narrative-based storylines.[16][17]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Extended Plays
Compilations

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Encyclopaedia of Australian Heavy Metal - Brian Giffin". Books.google.com.au. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  2. ^ http://www.cursedlegacy.net/bio.html
  3. ^ http://alanlwilliamson.com/luna-isolation/
  4. ^ "Cursed Legacy - Tortured by Remorse (album review )". Sputnikmusic. 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  5. ^ "This is Cursed Legacy | Cursed Legacy". Cursedlegacy.bandcamp.com. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Cask's Corner - The Blog and Ramblings of Cask J. Thomson: Cursed Legacy: Lunar Isolation". Caskcorner.blogspot.com.au. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  7. ^ "Cursed Legacy recruits Lord Tim". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  8. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wordmean/cursed-legacy-lunar-isolation-a-rock-musical
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuSsdocuXow
  10. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/1015577935173396/
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/CURSEDLEGACY/status/688690830320603136
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/Cask_Thomson/status/689674760813342720
  13. ^ http://cursedlegacy.bandcamp.com/
  14. ^ http://hasitleaked.com/2016/cursed-legacy-the-time-to-go-ep/
  15. ^ http://www.cursedlegacy.net/news/an-important-publication-from-cursed-legacy
  16. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=QK3JCQAAQBAJ&pg=PA2061&lpg=PA2061&dq=Cursed+Legacy+band&source=bl&ots=YZCKN8GIDG&sig=fUMJThb2SA_2pMdhooLm-k-ddo0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CE0Q6AEwCGoVChMIgrPfl73JyAIVhiamCh1RqwCk
  17. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Cursed-Legacy/60150/
  18. ^ http://alanlwilliamson.com/lunar-isolation/
  19. ^ "This is Cursed Legacy | Cursed Legacy". Cursedlegacy.bandcamp.com. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2015.