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Cashing in - 12%

_Life_Eternal_, July 3rd, 2019
Written based on this version: 2018, 7 vinyls + DVD, Peaceville Records (Limited edition, Picture disc)

Like any other set in existence, Cursed in Eternity is oriented around compiling a bunch of rarities. The contents included are six picture discs, one 7", three DVDs, four posters, and a book. At the risk of repeating myself, I'll go through all of the contents individually and as thoroughly as I can.

Let's start small, the 7" is the well-known Freezing Moon/Carnage studio demo. It comes in a little sleeve with old artwork drawn by none other than Maniac. It has the best sound out of anything else in this box, but it's still mediocre as far as I'm concerned. The guitars are quiet, and the drums overbearing, but this is the closest you will get to clearly hearing Dead's vocals. Assuming you haven't heard Morbid's December Moon demo, that is..

All of the picture discs are quite bad, both individually and altogether. The only records worth listening to are Live in Leipzig, Out From The Dark, and the 7". Just don't bother with the rest of the records, they're not worth your time. Four horribly recorded live shows and two rehearsals, all of which have been out in circulation for a long time already. Three of the four live shows (the exception here being Live in Leipzig) are garbled spats of noise that only moderately resemble music. Out From The Dark is much better sounding, if not lo-fi. Sometimes Dead's vocals or Euronymous' guitar fades out, but nothing seriously impacting.

The DVDs are a mixed bag, leaning on the poorer side. On first impression, they're all quite neat, but that dispels when you try to watch them. The live shows have such questionable quality, it's all but guaranteed you won't be watching these for entertainment, just historical sake. Sarpsborg in particular is easily forgettable, despite its infamy as being the Black Hearts gig, as the screen is almost always pitch black. So black you can't see anything happening. Jessheim has visuals which immediately makes it better - not by a lot - but at least there are things to look at, right?

The last DVD, the Henhouse Rehearsals, is the best video on here. It sounds like complete shit when they play, worse than the live shows, but there's no real qualms with the video itself. You'll at least get to see a group of teenagers dicking around, pretending they're scary.

The most interesting part of this entire box set by far are the posters and 92-page picture book. I'm not kidding, either. Three posters are faithful reproductions of their original gig posters, and one is of Euronymous live. Meanwhile, the picture book is filled to the brim with historical information and rare, high-quality pictures that capture the spirit of the band much better than anything else in this box set. The book is easily the most captivating and interesting part of the entire box set, and is the only reason why this review has 12%.

I question if this box set was trying to be bad or good. You won't be listening to the records or watching the DVDs more than once, and the book is the only saving grace. So, in closing, Cursed in Eternity serves no purpose other than to cash in on two dead guys that left this world 25 years ago. Personally I'm both surprised and disappointed this didn't come with a piece of Dead's skull with how much they've been cashing in on this guy's legacy as of late. But with this box set being out now, that's pretty much all they have left to market. After that Dead will be irrelevant.