Curezum are a band from Portland, Oregon that consists of members from Megaton Leviathan and Barrowlands that covers songs from the legendary goth rock band 'The Cure' and takes it more into a black metal influenced style and this is a review of their self released 2015 single "100 Years/The Top" which will be released in November.
Programmed drum beats start off the single along with some depressive yet melodic guitar leads and atmospheric keyboards before adding in suicidal style high pitched black metal screams and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the music sticks to a very slow musical direction.
While the solos and leads have more of a post rock and goth feeling the guitars and vocals add in a very raw and depressive black metal style that also makes both of the songs sound very different from the original versions which where done without any harsh or extreme metal elements and both of the tracks are very long and epic in length on one the second song melodic guitar leads and psychedelic elements can be heard.
Curezum takes a couple of classic songs from The Cure and adds in more of a modern, raw and depressive black metal twist to them as well as showing both of the genres are very much compatible with each other, the production sounds very raw, lo-fi yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover dark, depressive and gloomy themes.
In my opinion Curezum are a very great sounding black metal tribute to The Cure and if you are a fan of this legendary band and black metal and would like to see them mix together, you should check out this single. RECOMMENDED TRACK "The Top". 8 out of 10.