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The Curse
February 2005
Released: 2004, Victory Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Gabriel C. Zolman

This is the sound of duality—It is melodic death both rising to the mainstream, and falling from grace to die alone. While not nearly as “pop” or “punk” as their previous Victory release, this will still fall short of “death metal” by many listeners’ standards. It is, however, considerably heavier, and introduces the influence of Euro metal into Atreyu’s post-hardcore mix. Artists such as In Flames and Shadows Fall are the obvious influences, and the guitar-work has improved by leaps and bounds. “Right Side Of The Bed” directly lifts its riffs from Colony-era In Flames, sounding more like In Flames than In Flames does at the moment. “The Crimson,” with its vampiric themes, will likely appeal to the goth-metal element. The vocals are standard post-death scream n’ wail. The drumming is more Lars than Lombardo. Though far more polished, fans of Killswitch Engage and newer Soilwork will find some solidarity here.

Ultimately, this will probably do more to introduce punk and hardcore fans to “real metal” than provide any sort of “real metal” substance of its own; but the scene needs this sort of thing, to fund the less accessible efforts we’ve all come to enjoy. For every Atreyu, there is a Bloodlet and a Darkest Hour; thus, rather than groan and kvetch over the album’s radio-friendly song-structures and emo-voiced choruses, it is perhaps better to be grateful for the slick Swedish metal riffing and fast drumming this release introduces to the mainstream listeners who embrace it.
Track Listing

01. Blood Children (An Introduction)
02. Bleeding Mascara
03. Right Side Of The Bed
04. This Flesh Is A Tomb
05. You Eclipsed By Me
06. The Crimson
07. The Remembrance Ballad
08. An Interlude
09. Corseting
10. Demonology And Heartache
11. My Sanity On The Funeral Pyre
12. Nevada's Grace
13. Five Vicodin Chased With A Shot Of Clarity


Brandon Saller - Drums/Vocals
Daniel Jacobs - Guitar
Marc McKnight - Bass
Travis Miguel - Guitar
Alex Varkatzas - Vocals

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