Curezum Unveil Two-Track Single ‘One Hundred Years/The Top’

One Hundred Years/The Top [Single] Static Tension Recordings
8 January 2016
It doesn’t matter if we all die


The Cure has long been a source of inspiration for the dark side of music, and their nihilistic, gloomy earlier works provided a template for musicians across a wide spectrum of genres, not least the extreme metal community. Mort Subite and Martti Hill consider now the time for a fitting tribute to this influential band, taking the atmosphere of Pornography, Faith and other classics, and reworking the music into harsher moods. The result: Curezum.


As a showcase of what’s to come, the band are unveiling a two-track single which sees them tackling two very discrete sides to The Cure: the post-punk classic “One Hundred Years” and the psychedelic meandering of “The Top”.


The single was released December 10th, with a physical release planned for early 2016.


Pushing the limits of what one might call a “supergroup,” Curezum, at its core, is an extreme metal tribute to The Cure featuring a motley crew of some of metals most seemingly disparate characters. Implausible as it may sound, after a discussion about mutual musical interests, Mort (Megaton Leviathan, Vaital DeulAlfheimr) and Martti (Barrowlands) discovered they were both, independently, keenly aware of how relatively simple it would be to take the album Pornography by The Cure and re-imagine it as a black metal record.

From those inauspicious beginnings, Curezum was born. After some initial runs with a handful of trial members, and bit of a hiatus while both Mort and Martti’s other projects released material, Billy Anderson (Melvins, Porn, Blessing the Hogs, Deathstench) signed on for additional production duties, and a wide array of Portland area metal artists were drafted for a variety of guest performances. As of this writing, the first Curezum album is currently in production, and live rehearsals have begun in earnest. Meanwhile, Curezum’s members are stocking up on popcorn to eat whilst reading comments regarding the weird Cronenberg monster they’ve birthed.
Curezum are:
Rob Vikernes – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, kebabs.
Mort Subite – Lead guitar, additional vocals, keyboards, programming.
Billy Anderson – Bass guitar, other guitar.
Martti Hill – Drums, pleasing demeanor.

*NOTE* The Curezum single One Hundred Years/The Top is now being released as a limited edition Cassingle via Static Tension Recordings on January 8* Pre-Order here:


About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!