The Curse - The Curse (Cover Artwork)

The Curse

The Curse: The CurseThe Curse (2003)
Hellbent Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: DubarDubar
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I first heard about The Curse when I saw them open for the Bouncing Souls last April. The first thing thing I noticed when I saw them take the stage was that the singer was wearing a Strike Anywhere shirt. This is a plus in my book. They proceeded to play the only songs they had written for about.
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I first heard about The Curse when I saw them open for the Bouncing Souls last April. The first thing thing I noticed when I saw them take the stage was that the singer was wearing a Strike Anywhere shirt. This is a plus in my book. They proceeded to play the only songs they had written for about 15 minutes and they completely blew me away.

In hearing about The Curse, you'll hear comparisons to Kid Dynamite, Trial By Fire, Strike Anywhere, and the like, which are fair comparisons, but this EP, as compared to their six-song demo, shows them growing within that genre. They still maintain that hardcore influence, while adding more of a catchy, singalong aspect to their sound, which manages to enhance the sound without taking away from the fury of the EP, whose six tracks clock in at hardly nine minutes.

Lyrical content ranges from lessons learned about life to political discontent, and the gritty vocals really bring out the feeling in these songs.

My only complaint is how short it is, but considering this was recorded within a year of the band's formation, I'm impressed that they could release such a solid bunch of songs. This is a great disc to kick off what looks to be an exciting year in music.


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Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

I'm pissed, I only heard about this band after PIB came around ('cause of Hause). I missed out, this was quality hardcore.

Too bad they couldn't hold it together for a full-length.

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

Pretty good review considering you're a fag."

Funny stuff...

turdcorn (February 12, 2003)

Ya Evildead, you didn't hear? Two soldout reunion shows in April in Philly. They might add a third. I managed to scrape up two tickets for the Friday night show. I've got a friend taping it. So who ever wants a copy, when I get it, I'll post my address and you can send me a blank tape.

Anonymous (February 12, 2003)

Pretty good review considering you're a fag.

- Sam

evildeadalive (February 12, 2003)

kid dynamite reunion??!! i'm guessing this is just like a one time deal or somethiing though...?

turdcorn (February 12, 2003)

Awsome Ep. Saw then with Avail in Philly on their home turf and they rocked the Church sumthin crazy. The rumors are true though, they are breaking up. Last show is gonna be at the Kid Dynamite reunion. It's ashame. 6 Hard songs in under 10 min. The way hardcore should be.

waste_elite (February 11, 2003)

sounds like something worth checking out

the cover is cool

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

I was really excited to see them from all the good hype on the internet about them. all the comparisons to kid dynamite and strike anywhere sounded great. i saw them at the bottleneck with about 10 other people. i think i was the only one who had heard of them. anyway i was very disappointed, they were horrible. I really hope this cd does them justice cause there live show did not. And is it really true they already broke up? Good for them.

sk8punx4evr (February 11, 2003)

i thought the ep was pretty decent. it reminded me of the best parts of kid dynamite mixed with the best parts of the bouncing souls. thats what i thought anyway. i didnt know they broke up, that sucks.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Strike Anywhere is better than this. Blah.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

i like how people assume they know whats in my cd collection

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

The cover art is pure psuedo-psycho/rockabilly kitsch. I thought this shit died when 22 Jacks broke up. I'm sure these kids have lame ass pompadours too.


Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

They're broken up.

Hamish (February 11, 2003)

Haven't heard the record, but I like 'em when I saw 'em live.

maverick (February 11, 2003)

That cover art kicks ass, in my opinion.


Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

The demo cd is sooooooo good. Are these the same tracks from it?


Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Are they breaking up? if so that blows just as much as INDK breaking up after releasing some material..

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

The guys vocals are REALLY similar to Hot Water Music's and the music is a bit heavier and faster.

unconcerned (February 11, 2003)

they have that philly sound going

i don't hear the strike anywhere comparisons at all (and am fucking thankful for it b/c strike anywhere is a fucking turd)

but this ep is good... pick it up... it is better than most of the albums in your collection

pope_schlomo (February 11, 2003)

I hate short records, but it's bands like the Curse that makes me want to hit repeat 30 times. Dave Hause fucking rocks!


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