What do you get when you cross progressive metal with death metal? I know it may sound like a bit of a stretch to visualize, but work with me here. Think about infusing a bit of Yngwie Malmsteen style guitar with death metal vocals. Does that help? If you cross those two styles of metal you get a band called UNCURED. If you got the answer right you already know UNCURED. If not, you need to continue reading so I can tell about them and their new release Medusa. UNCURED hails from New Jersey and is led by guitar virtuoso Rex Cox and brother Zak Cox also on guitar. Keeping the beat is the responsibility of drummer Liam Manley, and keeping the rhythm going on bass is Jon Kita. Medusa is UNCURED’s first full-length album.
The album opens hard with “Opium Den.” Next is “Enucleate” which has a little bit of an early Prong sound to it. “Enucleate” is where you really first hear the progressive metal start to come out with some intricate guitar work. “Stygian Pit” is one of my favorite songs on the album. I am going to be completely honest and say it sounds like Ministry and Yngwie Malmsteen had a love child and they called it “Stygian Pit.” The song is instrumental and has fast guitar work infused into that almost chaotic industrial metal sound. What’s next can only be described as metal porn. “Petrified” has the beat and guitar sound of 70’s porn music. You kind of get grooving into the beat of the song then bam! You are brought back to reality with a heavy dose death metal vocals. If you want a straight up metal sound then “Myopic” is for you. Strong and in your face is the only way to describe this song. The album closes with “Spontaneous Regeneration.” This is another one of those 70’s infused teases that slaps you back into reality.
Medusa is truly an album with a little bit of everything in it. There is no way you can call it progressive metal, but it doesn’t fit in the death metal genre either. UNCURED have defiantly made a unique album. When it comes down to it, the melting pot of styles all come together to make a solid album. Medusa by UNCURED is available now via Progressive Metal Inc.