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    Wed, 27 May 2015 12:46:12

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    Southern California metal quintet lit up the genre with defining 2004 work.

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    Atreyu created a metal classic with 2004's The Curse. Following their 2002 debut, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, the Southern California outfit—featuring Alex Varkatzas [lead vocals], Brandon Saller [drums, clean vocals], Dan Jacobs [lead, rhythm guitars], Travis Miguel [rhythm, lead guitars], and bassist Chris Thompson at the time (now Marc McKnight)—immensely stepped up every aspect of their game, to say the least. That's even an understatement as you can still hear this record's influence everywhere throughout the sounds of everybody from Sleeping with Sirens and Asking Alexandria to Hollywood Undead and Of Mice & Men.

    Everything about The Curse felt bigger, bolder, and more brilliant. For the record, the group tapped the production talents of Garth "GGGarth" Richardson [Rage Against The Machine, Mudvayne], and that definitely expanded the sonic palette, but it's the songs that make The Curse what it is. They're the reason it eventually moved more than 450,000 copies.

    The group crafted a cohesive vision that encompassed everything from the artwork (Who could forget the stunning crimson-haired vampire femme fatale on the cover? and long before vampire chicks were in vogue no less!) to the flow of songs from the eerie opener "Blood Children (An Introduction)" to the heavily, heart-wrenching dénouement "Five Vicodin Chased With A Shot Of Clarity."

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