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Atreyu: The CurseThe Curse (2004)
Victory Records

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I remember "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" had that sticker on the packaging that proclaimed Atreyu to be the perfect voice of metalcore or something like that. I still think that album is one of the better that the genre has seen, and so the new Atreyu album has been one of the ones I was mor.
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I remember "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" had that sticker on the packaging that proclaimed Atreyu to be the perfect voice of metalcore or something like that. I still think that album is one of the better that the genre has seen, and so the new Atreyu album has been one of the ones I was more excited about hearing this year.

"The Curse" is still the same Atreyu sound, but it almost seems that the band is going through an identity crisis of sorts. The album opens with a rather standard creepy organ, whispering voices, etc intro, which would seem useless except for it explodes directly into the first song, "Bleeding Mascara." It has one of the best introductions into any song ever with a lovely scream, metal-tinged guitars and double bass pounding away. So as I sat there violently head banging away, I noticed that by the time the song was coming towards the end, I had not ceased my head banging. This is where the first portion of their identity crisis comes in, because in this song, Atreyu has seemingly tossed out the "core" of the genre and gone straight with metal. Now, in "Bleeding Mascara", the chorus is nice and melodic, but that is it. The rest of it has an In Flames, much slower The Haunted, and other Swedish metal influences. A lot of the other songs follow this incredible metal beatdown. "Corseting" is not something you can do anything but head bang to until your head rolls off. The screams echo throughout heavy riffs and double bass. It seems at parts like these songs that Atreyu went to Sweden to join the ranks of the agro-metal community.

Other songs on the album essentially leave the "metal" out of the genre and gone straight with‚?¶core??? "The Remembrance Ballad" is one that I have heard people say is one of their favorite songs on the album and how much it reminds them of Avenged Sevenfold. I for one think that it does not fit on the album very well at all. First off, it is a ballad thrown right in the middle of the album, and so after all the violent head banging mentioned above, suddenly I was presented with a song so slow that after four and half minutes of it I was practically asleep. This song is a power ballad in all ways possible, and although the song itself isn't really that bad, I would better appreciate it as a secret track or an unreleased track for a future compilation.

"This Flesh is a Tomb" follows in the footsteps of "The Remembrance Ballad" in the sense of melody, but is hardly a ballad in the sense. It is melodically soaked through, and although it still has the complex guitar riffs and all, it lacks as much of the metal punch that the other songs have. One of the better aspects of "The Curse" compared to "Suicide Notes‚?¶" is the vocals. The screaming/growling is much improved, and the harmony between the singing and the not-so-singing vocals is employed much more often and in a better fashion than they did before.

Although it is a very solid effort by the band, my one big problem is that the metal songs and the lesser-metal songs are much too distinct. I thought the greatest part about "Suicide Notes‚?¶" was how balanced Atreyu had been able to combine metal and melody. But on "The Curse", it seems that they either lost that ability or just plain didn't want it. They seem to be evolving more towards metal at some points, and at other points, there is an almost a complete void of metal influences. A few songs like "You Eclipsed By Me" seem to have that balance right like their older albums did.

"The Curse" is far from being a bad album. In fact, it is one of the better albums to come out this year, but I was expecting a little bit more from the boys of Atreyu. The sheer ferocity of their metal-tinged songs is now what I remember them for on this album, rather than the serenity of their melodies from "Suicide Notes..." I would call it an evolution of the band, but they are not consistent enough for it to be a full evolution. Still, with that, this album is a must own for fans of the band and also for fans of the genre. Atreyu has still shown that metalcore can be awesome.

 

 
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TommyPickles (March 21, 2008)

Oh my god this album is so good, at sucking dick.

life-is-fucking-joke (February 15, 2007)

fucking love them

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

Ummm, I would have to agree with you on some points, but you have to admit that even after all that, they are still pretty awesome. I will say that at first they were the essential metalcore, but on the Curse, they seemed to copy other bands styles, (see A7X comment), and that kind of disappointed me. They went from metalcore, to metal, to........softcore, kinda. But, as a true Atreyu fan, I'm gunna keep my hopes up they they will do better on the next album and show all the people who totally bashed The Curse how fucking awesome they are!!!!

13rittk (February 4, 2006)

I didnt like atreyu's last two albums. In my opinion this one rocks, its a bit easier to understand and i can actua;ly sing some of the songs. i know they did soften out a little bit on thier style but mayb that wasn't such a bad thing? more people like them now. Either way i love atreyu alex is sexxxxxiii

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

i love this cd it inspirted me and my band (last fatal breath) to become metal. recomended songs: right side of the bed
the crimson
bleeding mascara
lipgloss and black

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

i like this cd, but suicide notes and butterfly kisses was better, the thing about this cd is that, at the starting of almost all of the songs the singer does hardcore screaming but then during the chorus the other guy sings like it is a love song or something, im serious, it is not a good mix, if they have another album, i hope it isnt like this one.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

this is a good cd , i like atreyu, one of my favorites,but i do like suicide notes and butterfly kisses more.
but if you like their first cd you should also buy this one
recommended tracks-
right side of the bed
bleeding mascara
nevadas grace
buy this cd,atreyu rules, bitches

Anonymous (December 27, 2004)

In all my life, I have never come across a band as terrible as Atreyu. A Static Lullaby, Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance and Story Of The Year run close behind, however.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

Man I am hardcore, I have camo pants, a dirty hoodie, combat boots, and a shaved head that makes me the music review God and I can flame anything that has a breakdown. Seriously, all you hardcore bitches make me sick. Branch out a little bit and try listening to a wider variety of music, you might find have a little fun. Also, I like this album, it is probably my second favorite album behind only Suicide Notes. Does that make me a fag. No it just means that I like Atreyu's music. If you don't like an album don't buy it and don't listen to the music. There is no reason to go all nazi-hardline (yes that was a shot at hardline kids) it just makes you sound like a moron.

--EddieMunsterMD

Anonymous (September 19, 2004)

It's amazing how Atreyu's music makes 'an Anne Rice novel come to life'. It's awesome how they've used the Vampire Chronicles for inspiration on this album.

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

i say this album is excellent. i bought it the day it came out and im impressed w/ this album but its not as heavy as suicide notes and butterfly kisses!!!!!

-nworstnightmare7@aol.com

ZDP (July 14, 2004)

I posted my last comment without reading the people's below me, and it basically just resaid what they said. And I couldn't agree more with them, about just enjoying shit.

ZDP (July 14, 2004)

I'm really not into this band too much, but I just think "Bleeding Mascara" has a catchy chorus. That's about it. I can't stand the screaming singer though.

Drop the scene politics for about 2 minutes and you might be able to enjoy it also.

Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

give me a pair of arabian goggles and I will wear them

Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

"Am I the only one who enjoyed 'Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses' better than this? It sounded more raw. 'The Curse' is over-produced to hell. "

I couldn't put it any better than you - I downloaded this cd like 2 months before it came out and while it starts out pretty good in the first few songs, it kind of gets boring. I had high expectations for this album, it's a pretty decent cd, but is nowhere near as good as SNABK - I find myself skipping certain tracks - something I never need to do on SNABK - maybe Mudrock should produce their next cd - he did a great job with Avenged Sevenfold.

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

good point guy below me. my one friend only listens to shit like fugazi and the mars volta, grandaddy, etc. thinking music. he's pretentious as fuck and has NO fun.

While I love Fugazi, Refused, Radiohead, etc., i also feel like just having some fun pop or whatever to just have fun listening too.

I love Lit. Fuck off. Yellowcard and New found glory rule too.

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

Who cares if this album is shitty? Chances are I'm going to end up buying it anyway. Why? For the same reason I buy a lot of other shitty music: because it's catchy, or because I liked one hook/break down. Everyone has at least one really shitty CD in their collection whether they admit it or not, and I'm not talking about bad, I'm talking about something that would embarass you if you're friends found out you it had bad. That's what's really the problem. There are so many people trying to be stuck up, scene nazis that your missing the point: IT'S JUST GOD DAMN MUSIC! I can see the point of wanting quality music with a solid message, but it's nice to step back once and a while and listen to something without any message, without any real thought, else my head might explode from all the serious thinking I'm doing. That's right, I own Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and there's nothing you can say or do to prevent me from listening to that mindlessly shitty music.

R/W

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

Am I the only one who enjoyed 'Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses' better than this? It sounded more raw. 'The Curse' is over-produced to hell. TOO MUCH singing. I like how it was "sprinkled" in on the first full-length. The Curse is heading farther into the direction of A Static Lullaby and new Uneroath. I'm really disappointed with this. Of course, these guys will get bigger and bigger and we'll hear more singing and more poppy melodies and more over-production and see black finger nail polish with white-studded belts.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

jesus do we really need ttwo reviews of this vampire crap? wow, so he sings like cookie monster and that guy from death by stereo about sucking blood or cock or whatever. and they wear makeup, blackhair dye and shit. fashioncore. wow. so rad.

goddammit , why can't skate punk or even ska punk be the hot tip these days? i fuckin hate this new horror fashion fake hardcore garbage. wtf is the appeal?

gnarley vampire chick in all the ads though. sex does sell.

oh yea, the singer in an AP interview said 'rap isnt a valid form of music' whether he's racist or not, thats very ignorant. listen to some roots or talib kweli and then tell me rap isnt a valid form of music. i get more moved by their artistic expression and socially aware lyrics than some

"i sucked her blood and poo
now i'm gonna scream!!

ooga booga cookie mosnter voice"

whatever. PHAGS.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

this shit sucks. if you want a really good new wave ska/keyboard rock band, go get the new aquabats E.P.

this atreyu crap is just fake fashionXskaXcore where all the members just spend more time putting on eyeliner than they do capes and goggles

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

FortyMinutesWest (July 5, 2004)

Go buy the new Arsis instead.

dazed (July 5, 2004)

I liked this band at some point.

Then I started to listen to real hardcore.

Fin.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

godlike.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

crap crap crap crap crap.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

""ensigns hardcore punk, not metalcore""

Want hardcore? Fucking go listen to some Ensign(lesser known for the amount of QUALITY music theyve put out)

Yes, because i called them metalcore.......................

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

and bane isn't very good....
listen to grade instead, or i-spy

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

ensigns hardcore punk, not metalcore

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

in all honesty, this isn't hardcore or metal . This is a sick/shitty version of it's value's and what it's about. Calling atreyu hardcore or metal, is like calling simple plan 'punk'.

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

My favorite thing about this review was it was fueled by anger. The CD was reviewed, got its fluffed up score of a 4(we all know it deserved a 2) and now this kid reviews it and give it an 8.

Nothing good about this. Nothing hardcore about it. Its pure metalcore bullshit which we all know is by definition crap.

Want hardcore? Fucking go listen to some Ensign(lesser known for the amount of QUALITY music theyve put out) or BANE(very hyped but i like them)

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

Why the hell was this cookie monster crap reviewed AGAIN?

Oceansize and McLusky own this band...I think I'll take them over "Sucides, Girls, Drop-D Tunings And Long Titles To Show We're Sensitive".

Anonymous (July 5, 2004)

mmm ISIS.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

you know that band is good? ISIS. let's all go listen to ISIS.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

If you're all so anti-fashion, why do you pay attention to what they're wearing? Listen to the music instead of looking at their clothes.

Jesse (July 4, 2004)

This shit sucked the first time someone wrote a review about it.

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

boring trendy stuff

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

"i had the misfortune of seeing the live last year at krazy fest. the whole time they just posed, tried to look cool, and lacked any form of sincerity or honesty whatsoever. it's called trend-jumping. also, they've been quoted in articles where flyers made FATA seem like they were headlining over atreyu and he complained that they didn't want to seem like they were some "shitty-ass opening bands." boy, it sure it hard being atreyu..."

that is the one thing i don't like about them, i read that quote, it was from an mtv segment on screamo, tee hee. anyways yeah he sounded like an arrogant prick.

notaclevername (July 4, 2004)

"very will haven record cover, gnarly"

so, what the crap happened to will haven, anyway?
also, i can't stand this band...terrible, just terrible

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

"how do you know they dont want to make this kind of music? quit being a pretentious queermo"

i had the misfortune of seeing the live last year at krazy fest. the whole time they just posed, tried to look cool, and lacked any form of sincerity or honesty whatsoever. it's called trend-jumping. also, they've been quoted in articles where flyers made FATA seem like they were headlining over atreyu and he complained that they didn't want to seem like they were some "shitty-ass opening bands." boy, it sure it hard being atreyu...

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

how do you know they dont want to make this kind of music? quit being a pretentious queermo

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

"quit being a fucking sally, crybaby

if you dont like it, dont buy their records. they are just making music that they want. so what if the lyrics are cheezy and they arent as hardcore as your other faveorite bands. jeeze, when did the ""hardcore" fans become such pussies?"

it's not being a pussy. it's caring about something that has substance and meaning in a sea of music that exists to steal people's money. this band isn't making the music they want to make. this is a band that's making music to jump on the big trend right now. it has no heart, no soul, no meaning. it's bullshit.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

"the decline of the decline of western civilization has given us this record"

doesnt that kind of imply a leveling off of...

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

a cute bra wearing emo white girl on the cover, as I am too a white suburbanite, I find this mysterious and alluring as to the many underneath the surface emotions that this record probes, into the dark dark places of my soul.

very will haven record cover, gnarly.

the decline of the decline of western civilization has given us this record. Really bad idea world. bad idea.

wyzo

punkcorekid (July 3, 2004)

Why do both reviews on here have it backwards? This album is way better than "Suicide Notes...". That album was terrible. The screamer sounded like he was throwing up when he screamed. The whole band is way better now. And aside from the dumbass title, "Bleeding Mascara" is an awesome song. I don't really like these guys, but this album is way, way better than their previous one.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

that last one was me

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

"it's music that claims to be a part of something with a long history. it's music that claims to be part of something that means something. and it's music that cheapens and exploits that something.

seriously, can't you see the insincerity on the faces of these guys when they play? you are being CHEATED. and here i thought the point of the coming of punk and hardcore was to have music that could be honest and expressive again, rather than having bands who faked emotions to sell records"

quit being a fucking sally, crybaby

if you dont like it, dont buy their records. they are just making music that they want. so what if the lyrics are cheezy and they arent as hardcore as your other faveorite bands. jeeze, when did the ""hardcore" fans become such pussies?

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

"what is the point? why does there need to be a point? its music.."

it's music that claims to be a part of something with a long history. it's music that claims to be part of something that means something. and it's music that cheapens and exploits that something.

seriously, can't you see the insincerity on the faces of these guys when they play? you are being CHEATED. and here i thought the point of the coming of punk and hardcore was to have music that could be honest and expressive again, rather than having bands who faked emotions to sell records.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

I've not listened to the radio in ages so I wouldn't know.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Unoriginal
Generic
Boring

It seems this shit is just replacing nu-metal on the radio. This shit is terrible.

jeff024punk (July 3, 2004)

"essentially, if you like this band, you have no understanding of what hardcore is really about."

what is the point? why does there need to be a point? its music..

lostinthecrowd13 (July 3, 2004)

"Five Vicodin Chased Down With a Shot of Clarity" seems like a complete rip off of an Alkaline Trio song.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Hey Kids, Petro B Pettson here. Found a review of this band that I thought you might wanna check out. This guy's reviews are usually spot on, and I probably won't buy the album to make sure, so on with the cut n' paste.....

Atreyu
The Curse
(Victory Records)

(REVIEW BY MARK HUGHSON)

These guys belong in the pages of Alternative Press and fit right in on the Ozzfest tour. Take that as you will.

Is it hardcore? Yes. Is it full of growling and aggressive guitars and pummeling drums? Yes. Is it melodic metal? Yes. Is it safe for the kids and fun for the whole teenaged, black clad gang? Yes. And while you might think I’m mocking Atreyu’s faux belligerence, I’m not. It’s actually the album’s saving grace.

Noisy, genre-crossing hard rock is sometimes a tough cookie to swallow, and sometimes it’s even vomit-inducing if it’s unlistenable. Atreyu, thankfully, are as accessible as any of their radio-ready metal peers, and can hold their own even amongst the rough-edged emo that’s been mutated by pop these days.

Sure, the screaming vocals are derivative of Pantera, and sure, the singing vocals are derivative of every other hardcore band that has roots in heavy metal’s power balladry, and SURE mixing those two vocal styles together is as old as the day is long. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter. When you’re pushing out no-brainer fluff like this, the only thing that matters is whether or not the songs are shitty. Here we have 13 songs that you can blast, bang your head to, and have a cute little mosh pit with. It’s polished, it’s tight, it’s all wrapped up in a neat little package. If you’re one of those tough-guys, then scream along when appropriate. If you’re one of those aspiring vocalists of the non-screaming type, sing those “honest, emotional” lyrics ’til your heart’s content. If you dig some air-guitar action, there are a few interesting licks that you can mimic.

Nothing in particular on the album jumps out at me, and nothing really made me want to hit the skip button (which is, actually, a feat any band like this should be proud of). Most likely this band will make a splash (or ripple) on MTV2, catch fire on your local ass-kicking hard rock radio station (which, as we all know, doesn’t kick anyone’s ass, ever), and then meekly make it’s way onto a 3rd or 4th harmless hardcore album. Heck, if they play their cards right, Atreyu might one day be enshrined in the pages of Circus!

-- Mark Hughson
July 1, 2004

I bet that little fucker down the street'll be blasting this soon enough as he skates in fron't of my house, waking me up at the crack of 2pm.

~Petro B Pettson

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

Five Vicodin Chased Down With a Shot of Clarity=greatest Atreyu song ever

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

oh what the eff. that last post is supposed to say 2< e

- jones

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

"frankenberry, boo berry and count chocula > atreyu"

you fucking dork. didnt someone already try this joke in the last post about atreyu. you tool. recycling or reusing jokes.

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- jones the bones

besides...using less than and equal signs is fucking lame unless you are doing it in regards to actuall numbers...like so

2

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

frankenberry, boo berry and count chocula > atreyu

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

Why was this shit reviewed again?

It's bad enough the first time around...

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

why cant people just like whatever band they want anymore. just cause the really "hardcore" children dont think this is hardcore enough means that people still cant enjoy it?

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

essentially, if you like this band, you have no understanding of what hardcore is really about.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

this shit sucks. go get the new unearth

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

Your review seemed to be a tad too negative to merit a four-star rating, do you actually like it a lot or is the star rating wrong? I'm still undecided about getting this one.

slippy (July 2, 2004)

Atreyu used to be ok. "Bleeding Mascara" isnt that bad. The singing fucking sucks.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

Atreyu ruins any good feelings I have towards their music as soon as the singer comes in...

I just dont get the appeal of it.

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