Discord Curse (Deathcore) - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Southern Minnesota deathcore outfit Discord Curse currently composed of, Antonio Jandro, Zac Cross, Derek Petrika, and Bruce Eiler, was birthed in late June of 2014 to spread our vicious attack. This attack, while rooted in Death Metal, features influences from Metalcore, Slam Death Metal, and Hardcore among others. Featuring demonic growls, technical riffs, and mosh-pit inducing drumming. Our band’s debut EP, entitled Burnt Offerings, was recorded shortly after the band formed. Vocalist Antonio Jandro and guitarist Derek Petrika self-produced the EP in their home studio. Currently we have one EP, a full length (Tempus), and more to come.
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"Reaper" Album Review
This new offering from Minnesota Metal band Discord Curse features 13 tracks, three of which have cameos from genre staples Ben Duerr (Despondent), Don Campan (Waking The Cadaver) and Lucas Mann (Rings Of Saturn). "First Breath" opens up the album with a vicious assault on the senses that brings to mind the unbridled onslaught of early Bring Me The Horizon. It's a short intro track but sets the tone early. "When Skin Separates From Bone" features enough breakdowns and rapid fire drumming to even make the most extreme metal head stand in awe. The track knows how to throw down. "Maggot" ups the ante with an almost Blood Has Been Shed like technicality. The time signatures and overall annihilation make this a track that'll get your adrenaline to the roof. "Titan" has a melodic Metalcore feel to it and brings to mind I Killed The Prom Queen. The track really shines and is a stand out track you don't want to miss. The title track "Reaper" falls into the more Code Orange side of the Metal spectrum. It's a hard as nails track that never lets up. "As The Sun" keeps the pace at a fast clip. The track has clean vocals on the track and really brings back that sound of when Bring Me The Horizon first incorporated cleans into their music. It's still heavy as hell but just with a touch of cleans. It's a lot heavier than the average melodic Metalcore track. "Blundgeoned" blasts in like a shotgun blast to the front door. The track has a ton of depth to it and should be a fan favorite right away. "Time" once again breaks out the clean vocals and has an uplifting sound to go with it. The track still brings all the Metal it can conjure up though as it's fast, heavy and the right amount of melodic. "Snake" has an Industrial/Nine Inch Nails opening before breaking into the explosive Discord Curse sound. The track is a testament to the chaos and devastation of the genre. "Reptile" features Ben Duerr and treads the line of Deathcore. The track turns the album up to 11 with its breakdowns and harsh vocals. "My Everything" is fantastic and just knowing that the band can have a track that changes up the dynamic of the album as much as this track later in the album really showcases the talent of the band perfectly. It's a track that takes its time, reels you in and unleashes fury. "Lies" features Don Campan and draws a lot of influences from Suicide Silence and the Black Dahlia Murder. The track will surely get the live crowd moving. The closing track "Tempus II" features Lucas Mann of Rings Of Saturn and doesn't give you time to breathe as it unleashes hell on the listener. It's a fantastic closer and slams shut one of the hardest hitting albums of this new year.
Discord Curse's new full length album takes a sledgehammer to the current state of Metal/Metalcore.
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Discord Curse” and is there any meaning behind it?
I (Antonio) first picked up a guitar when my mom was in the hospital, they said she might not make it and I wanted to play guitar for her when she got better because she introduced me to Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica and Pantera. And those bands are what inspired the sound of Discord Curse as well as other bands. I thought of the name "Discord Curse" and how I thought of it was discord means a creepy or eerie noise but the name discord curse is like the eerie sounds that will haunt you like a curse.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from your upcoming "Reaper" album?
The reaper symbolizes the demise of human kind because people care about technology more than life itself.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
All the guys give it their all every show no matter the situation and we love seeing the crowd go crazy with us.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
"Tempus", because it's one of the harder/heavier songs on the album and the crowd goes hard when we play that live.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
Rings Of Saturn, Cattle Decapitation, and The Devil Wears Prada.
6. Any crazy show stories?
One of the best stories was when we played a house show, during our set the crowd picked up Zac as he was playing bass and used him as a limbo stick and everyone in this packed room starting doing the limbo throughout the rest of the song.
7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?
In my opinion I feel like too many people set themselves in a specific genre or like other bands and it's hard for some bands to make it because they try to sound too much like other big bands instead of writing and creating their own unique sound.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in Minnesota both locally and state wide?
Everyone in the local scene are all connected in some way, we're all musicians and we're all friends so everyone supports each other. State wide is very diverse and there is a decent amount of really good venues.
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
Personally actually buying a bands merch is the biggest support you can give but I'm okay with people downloading our stuff from our BandCamp because it's free for them and we know that to some fans music is all they have. I know somewhere we might have fans that can't afford to buy the album and music saves some people and I'd rather them listen to our music and let that be what helps them.
10. What’s next for Discord Curse?
Discord curse will be releasing the "Reaper" album as well as videos for some of the new songs and we'd like to promote that as much as we can so we can play the new album live and we're looking at touring soon!
11. Any shoutouts?
Cold Cock Whiskey, JNCO Clothing, Pure Deathcore, Dead End Recordings, Strange Fiction, From The Depths Entertainment. And huge thanks to Lucas Mann from Rings of Saturn, Don Campan from Waking the Cadaver, Ben Duerr from Shadow of Intent for featuring on the new album.