WAR CURSE – Eradication

WAR CURSE - Eradication
  • 5/10
    WAR CURSE - Eradication - 5/10


Svart Records
Release date: May 10, 2019

User Review
8.5/10 (1 vote)

The sophomore album from Ohio’s War Curse is being promoted as channeling the sound of Bay Area Thrash Metal with songs that are “…jam-packed with heavy metal riffing, backed with a steel structure of thrash rhythms.”  While their sound reflects the influence of Metallica, Exodus and Anthrax, they’re lacking the melodic finesse and lyrical hooks of these bands.  Additionally, the rigid rhythmic structure of their songs makes it difficult to differentiate one song from another.

Lead tracks “Asylum” and “Sands Of Fate” demonstrate the Thrash Metal template used throughout. Songs are propelled at a galloping pace by lock step drumming and bass guitar.  Formulaic high speed guitar riffs are layered on top.   The bridges are basically speed bumps which flow into uncomplicated solos before merging back into a galloping finale using the riff combos from the start of the song.

The vocalist’s limited range and monotone delivery combined with forgettable and often indecipherable lyrics, create an environment where melody struggles. “Serpent” is the lone song employing backing vocals and it takes the song to next level.  Unfortunately, it’s the only song to exhibit this level of sophistication.

When listened to in isolation, the songs on Eradication show promise.  However, when listened to together, the returns diminish to the point of mediocrity.  Recommended only for Thrash Metal fans who value tenacity and simplicity.


TRACKLIST (Highlights: 4)

  1. Asylum (feat. Glen Alvelais)
  2. Sands of Fate
  3. Possession
  4. Serpent (feat. Kragen Lum)
  5. Iron Veil
  6. Eradication
  7. Deadly Silence (feat. Kyle Thomas)
  8. Polluted Minds


Justin Roth – guitar
Joshua Murphy – guitar
James Goetz – drums
Jason VieBrooks – bass
Blaine Gordon – vocals


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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