Profile: Mort from Curezum

Pushing the limits of what one might call a “supergroup,” Curezum, at its core, is an extreme metal tribute to The Cure featuring a motley crew of some of metal’s most seemingly disparate characters. Implausible as it may sound, after a discussion about mutual musical interests, Mort (Megaton Leviathan, Vaital Deul, Alfheimr) and Martti (Barrowlands) discovered they were both, independently, keenly aware of how simple it would be to take the album Pornography by The Cure and re-imagine it as a black metal record.

From those coincidental, yet inauspicious beginnings, Curezum was born. After some initial runs with a handful of trial members and bit of a hiatus while both Mort and Martti’s other projects released material, Billy Anderson (Melvins, Blessing the Hogs, Porn) signed on for additional production duties, and a wide array of Portland area metal artists were drafted for a variety of guest performances. As of this writing, the first Curezum album is currently in production, and live rehearsals have begun in earnest. Meanwhile, Curezum’s members are stocking up on popcorn to eat whilst reading comments regarding the weird Cronenberg monster they’ve birthed.

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Album Review: Crowhurst – “II”

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Album art by Reuben Sawyer

Los Angeles based experimental black metal act Crowhurst are back with a vengeance on their new album II. Fans of last years self-titled album or even the act’s older works will have much to rejoice about. Continue reading