Defy the Curse – Defy the Curse

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/Label: Self Released
Released: 2018
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1. Disdain
2. The Messiah Complex
3. Oblivion
4. Progress to Nothingness
5. Obsolete

Band line-up:

Boris Janssen – Bass
Bjorn Surminski – Drums
Harold Gielen – Guitars, Vocals
Wouter Wagemans – Vocals


Death metal and crust punk might not appear as two close musical cousins, but if one hadn’t existed, the other couldn’t have come about. Fusing together these two forms of extreme music always makes good listening, especially if you grew up loving the classics like Bolt Thrower, Heresy and Electro Hippies.

One band continuing that tradition is the relatively new band Defy the Curse from the Netherlands and their debut self-titled release. If you like songs that aren’t too long or technical, this EP is worthy of a listen, but to this critic, it didn’t quite meet all the standards laid down by ears that have spent years traversing the theories and boundaries of all punk and metal fusion genres.

Defy the Curse begins with some fine triplets and a growl very well acquainted to one who’s a good fan of Doom or Defy from Sweden; the low fidelity is scratchy and sounds best if played on vinyl, so because one listened to this in MP3, that might have been a little bit of a betrayal.

The central song, ‘Oblivion’ is a grindcore piece and will warm your heart if you knew of Bolt Thrower’s early work and possibly the first few Carcass demos. However, overall there’s not much of lyrical or musical substance to officially write home about.

It is more than admirable how these age-old genres are still fused together and carry the same anger as their predecessors, but seeing how a plethora of past bands didn’t make it to fruition, it seems that Defy the Curse might be destined for that road. Once again, do remember this is just one opinion of many, so it’s best to keep an eye on these guys if you see potential in them, so you can prove me wrong.

Overall, this is a release that has little substance to offer but a nice reminder that these excellent fusions are still alive and well today, plaguing the underground airwaves.

Review by

Demitri Levantis

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