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Album Review

A supergroup that hangs together long enough to release more than one album? Now that's unusual, but then so is the four-headed monster known as Hail! Hornet, whose veteran members aren't as prone to egomaniacal whims or other such distractions typically afforded their rich and famous supergroup brethren. Rather, its members are hard working, rock & roll lifers accustomed to enjoying the simpler pleasures and heinous challenges associated with being in a band — or several at the same time. So while Hail! Hornet's quartet of vocalist T-Roy Medlin, guitarist Vince Burke, bassist "Dixie" Dave Collins, and drummer Erik Larson were hardly going to neglect their various individual bands (Sourvein, Weedeater, Beaten Back to Pure, etc.) between the recording of 2007's eponymous Hail! Hornet debut and 2011's follow-up Disperse the Curse, their renewed musical camaraderie here is nothing to scoff at. Especially since Disperse arguably tops their impressive first belch, while trumping the fact that there's been no musical evolution to speak of between each album, with a slightly superior, more consistent collection of songs. Some of these, including "Glass Roses," "Dullards Creed," and the feedback colossus "Blacked Out in Broad Daylight" (an obvious tribute to Floridian legends Cavity) proffer thick, soupy sludge/doom, as one would expect; but who knew Larson had the feet fleet to break out the thrash while driving the likes "Gifted Horse" and "Unholy Foe" 'round the Nascar track? Even more satisfying are hybrid concoctions such as the title cut, "Kill the Liars," and the fittingly named "Beast of Bourbon" which, thanks to the heavy-handed Burke (also acting as producer/engineer for this recording), pack some of the meanest Southern metal riffs this side of down, and much uglier to boot. Speaking of ugly, human vocals don't get much uglier, filthier, and nastier than Medlin's, unless it's the occasional, agonized rasp provided by nominal bassist Collins, completing Hail! Hornet's reputation among the baddest of the bad in Southern metal. Super stuff, indeed.

Customer Reviews


i was just looking for some new music and this was possibly some of the best music i have heard in a long time. it has good guitar riffs, awesome drums, and a great singer.

Great music, poor singer.

Love the riffs and music. Just wish the singer sang more melodic like he does on for a while on Disperse the Curse song. Would be great if they had a different singer.

Hail!Hornet is awesome

I found out about this band through other Relapse artists and they are just another example of how Relapse fails to ever disappoint me. Hail!Hornet is a great sludge metal band that does a good job at incorporating other styles of metal into their sludge. Their are elements if thrash, hardcore, and even black metal found throughout the album and each time the appear, it only adds to the awesomeness that is Hail!Hornet's music. The guitars, vocals, and drumming are excellent, but the bass is what stuck out at me several times. The tone of the bass is amazing and really seems to drive the deep sound of the Hail!Hornet's style of sludge. This bass tone is also pretty unique, never gets lost in the mix, and even sounds great coming out of my car speakers. 'Disperse The Curse' is a MUST for any fan of sludge or any fans of other metal subgenres, who are looking for something different.

This one will remain in the car's CD player for awhile!


Formed: 2006 in California

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hail! Hornet are a North Carolina-based supergroup comprised of vocalist T-Roy Medlin (of Sourvein), guitarist Vince Burke (Beaten Back to Pure, Sourvein), bassist "Dixie" Dave Collins (Weedeater, Buzzov*en, Bongzilla), and drummer Erik Larson (Alabama Thunderpussy, the Might Could, the Mighty Nimbus, etc.). First convened in 2006, the quartet combined ingredients of metal, hardcore, sludge, Southern, and stoner rock on its eponymous 2007 debut, as well as its 2011 sophomore outing, Disperse...
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Disperse the Curse, Hail!Hornet
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jul 19, 2011

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