The Deadhouse

Stereo Terror: Anorexic Mannequin – A Dressing And A Curse

Release Year
2018

Track Listing
1) Kemet
2) Queen Of The Nile
3) I Worship You
4) Broken Vows
5) When Dreams Crumble
6) She Died
7) The Last Kiss
8) Black Magick Under The Moon
9) Osiris
10) Tomb Of The Damned
11) The Mummy’s Curse
12) Under Wraps
13) Resurrected
14) Ankhesanamun
15) In A Stranger’s Arms
16) Dead Once More
17) Afterlife

I get a lot of different music from all over the world sent to me. So, it is increasingly rare that I come across something that really stands out, whether it be lyrically, sonically or otherwise. But with the new album from Anorexic Mannequin, entitled A Dressing And A Curse, I can unequivocally state that this is something different than the hordes of what I usually have filter through my inbox. The brainchild of Nosredna Ghostley, who provides the vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass, backed by Professor Sex on the drum machine, A Dressing And A Curse is essentially a concept album based around the classic 1932 film version of The Mummy, starring the incomporable Boris Karloff as Imhotep, the titular character. Journeying through the character’s arc from being punished for forbidden love and returning from the grave to reunite with his lost love, how does A Dressing And A Curse follow this tale musically?

The musical intro of “Kemet” leads into “Queen Of The Nile,” which serves as the first glimpse many will have of Anorexic Mannequin, and it isn’t what I would call ‘easy to describe.’ In my eyes, more so than the horrorpunk influence is a industrial-style underlay that drives the album and the band as a whole. How does this mix go together? Well, on the first few tracks, such as “Queen Of The Nile” and through “Broken Vows” it can seem a little standoffish. However, once you get through the first few tracks everything starts clicking and by the time the second musical interlude “When Dreams Crumble” you will be entrenched within the sound.

The middle of the album is where it is at its strongest, with a highlight undoubtedly being “Black Magick Under The Moon.” It’s one of those tracks that just leaps out of the speaker or headphones at you. By the time you get to the very 80s sounding (at least to me) final musical interlude, “Resurrected” you will want to finish the album just to feel the story end, even though 99% of listeners will already be familiar with the story. And in a way, I suppose that is the best compliment I can give the album. As you get to “In A Stranger’s Arms” you are treated to a new harmony with female vocals thrown in, which lifts the final third of the album even higher.

A Dressing And A Curse is not your typical horrorpunk album, and Anorexic Mannequin is not your usual horrorpunk act, but that doesn’t mean you should discount them in any way. If you want a beautiful story told throughout your listening, and the desire to open up your mind about what horrorpunk can contain and be, then I can’t recommend this one enough. It may take a few listens as it did for me, but it will grow on you and become a regular part of your rotation.

A Dressing And A Curse is slated for release on October 23rd, and you can check out the Anorexic Mannequin Facebook page for more details!

Killer Track
“In A Stranger’s Arms”

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