The Crimson: Revisiting Atreyu’s 2004 breakout metalcore album, ‘The Curse’

Of all the prominent metalcore bands to come out of the mid-2000’s explosion of said genre, Atreyu was (and still is) one of the best loved. Though most fans swear by The Curse and A Deathgrip On Yesterday, I’d argue that 2007’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor contains just as much of the band’s best material. That’s a story for another day, though.

In 2004, the musical landscape was obviously quite different than it is now. Victory Records was, at the time, a MASSIVE label. Seriously, this can not be overstated. At the time, they had Taking Back Sunday, Spitalfield, Hawthorne Heights, Darkest Hour, and dozens more bands that were both profitable and critically acclaimed. Atreyu became one of the biggest success stories on sophomore album The Curse. Beyond the obvious highlights like “Right Side Of The Bed” and “The Crimson” lie gems like the iconic “Bleeding Mascara”, a blistering slab of thrash-influenced metalcore, and “My Sanity On The Funeral Pyre”, an underrated gem of a song that moves from strength to strength the entire way.

The Curse is both Atreyu’s most memorable album, as well as arguably their best. Whether it’s the passionate “Nevada’s Grace”, the speedy metalcore workout of “Corseting”, or the chaotic finale “Five Vicodin Chased With A Shot Of Clarity”, Atreyu truly struck gold here. And in this reader’s mind, it’s still an album that, even 13 years later, does not feel dated at all.

Your love fills me up when the blood in my body has drained.