Kill The Curse seemed to suddenly appear on Finnish hardcore scene and i’d say, that they caught everyone well off their guard. What could be said as a “all-star” line up, KTC features members from Bolt and contains most players from the late line-ups of Security Threat and On A Solid Rock. These guys are and have been in numerous other bands of course as well. Idea for Kill The Curse had already been breeding behind closed doors for quite some time as Guitarist Miikka (Cold Inside, Security Threat, On A Solid Rock) had a vision and idea and he had wanted to do some music with Lauri (Bolt, Homefront). As well he wanted to getback on track also with Kalle, who with they had played together in Security Threat. I think that originally Kill The Curse had a purpose of releasing a 7″ EP or CD, but as usually in Finland, things tend to take their time. Then in some point, Full House Records stepped in and decided to put out, Of Conformity And Death LP.
Musically Kill The Curse doesn’t differ that much of what these guys have done before and there is many points on the record, when i’ve thought of that i’m actually listening to Security Threat. Kalle has very distinctive voice and some riffs do sound, that Miikka had used some of his “unused xSTx riffs”, for these songs. This combination bringing Kalle and Miikka together, reminds me a lot of Security Threat, but i’m underlining that KTC does have a sound of their own, a monster of it’s own. Metallic riffing converges together with that melodic, moodier groove, that is very present on the whole material throughout album. Kalle’s vocals are tight and menacing as ever and have more variety, i.e. like the “spoken” vocals at the end of first track. You could think them as a weird, but compelling mixture of Burn, Cro-Mags, Bolt & Security Threat.
Titanism kicks off the album with heavy, relentless approach, no compromise and no apologies, is the only way i can properly describe how this song sounds; “Tonight, this day, Manifest! Promethean flame! Titanism! Titans, defy all!”. It’s very certain, that Kalle hasn’t lost any of his amazing sound, that was people were introduced to through Security Threat. Curse Of Man follows Titanism and with this track Kill The Curse truly display how they sound, adding best elements of all the bands they have played in. They come together into groove ridden hardcore, that is well demonstrated in next track, Existence Horror. It displays well how Miikka’s riffing is again so well placed and creates a perfect balances between hard riffs and their melodic approach. Lyrically Kill The Curse dwells into depths of man’s existence and it’s horrors and next song, When Ends Turn Into Means continues in sort of same vein, talking about people wasting their times and lifes, serving as a tool for the man. Easily turning into one of my favourite songs on the LP, Becoming A Monster, rules hard with it’s awesome chugging, melodic riffs, that plunge into even heavier mosh parts, that are balanced with faster parts. Towards the end of the song and they also ask a question: “How could one fight a monster, without resorting to it’s means, without inflicting violence so severe, Without becoming a monster one-self?”. Of Conformity And Death ends with Escaping The Desert, that proves the variety and huge amount of elements, that all build up their influences. Main riff in Escaping The Desert’s first verse sounds like it could be influenced by some classic swedish heavy metal, Göteborg style, but anyhow this heavy, yet melodic track is a stand out track to close the album. I have to admit that when i got the promo cd in my hands, some number of weeks ago, when gave it some first spins i was truly blown away. Kill The Curse – “Of Conformity And Death” LP brings Finnish hardcore scene yet another amazing record and a new, very interesting band.
Kill The Curse definitely pack up an album, full of originality. Of Conformity And Death covers many aspects lyrically and musically, bringing it all down to one of the finest hardcore releases i’ve heard this year. I strongly advice you to pick this album and give it a spin. LP, that also includes the CD version of the album, is available from various stores & distros around Finland, but Combat Rock Shop and Recordstore X -both offer also international shipping.
There’s three songs off the album.
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