When looking at the history of BlurCurve it's hard not to call it a comeback. The band initially formed in 2003 and rocked out shows for three years until 2006. In 2006 the band broke up but a mere eight years later reformed.
The band found Ariel Rose to sing and was backed up by Kris Heuer (guitar/vocals), Bob Furniss (bass/vocals ) and Justin Westplate (percussion). The band recorded their music in their practice studio and released it as a self-titled album BlurCurve. Their album for better or worse is about a demo quality. The band has said they tried to replicate their live sound but I have a feeling if I was standing in a room while hearing them play live it would have sounded better. Although the recording quality does leave some things to be desired that a credible, professional studio would have provided the band builds a solid foundation with this release.
The music lies somewhere between metal and grunge. You can hear tinges of bands like Alice in Chains, Evanescence and even Tool. BlurCurve isn’t the first and certainly aren’t the last to sport a dynamic female singer backed by distorted guitars and crashing drums. That being said the band shows some versatility, which will get into shortly.
They kick off the album with “Unraveled” which is one of the fastest songs on the album. It's a poppy punk song that deviates from their grunge and metal tendencies they display on the very next song “Penance.” “Penance” is a predictable grunge/metal hybrid that while well delivered has been done to death by a countless number of bands. The next track “Fixated” fares better and unequivocally sounds similar to Evanescence.
One of the most inspired tracks is “Halo” which doesn’t rock as hard but contains orchestral strings while “Giving Up” is a highlight that benefits from vocal harmonies.
The ironic thing about BlurCurve is that their style of music was at the height of its popularity in 2006. Metal was becoming huge again and the market was becoming oversaturated with bands that tried to jump on the mainstream bandwagon. The fact is that this hybrid of metal that BlurCurve indulges in is still being played by an overwhelming amount of bands. It’s harder than ever to make a dent in this scene even if you can write good songs and deliver the goods.
BlurCurve has some talent but they still need to dig in and figure out why they are different from the sea of other metal/grunge bands. They built a solid foundation but now they need to focus on why their home is the one you should visit.
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