The Curse is a free extended-play that was delivered along with vinyl copies of grindcore band Napalm Death’s second full-length release, From Enslavement to Obliteration.1 Side one of the EP is the three-and-a-half minute title track – one of the longest songs in Napalm Death’s extant grindcore discography. Side two is four tracks of microsongs, with two spanning less than ten seconds. Well, that’s grindcore for you.
“The Curse” is identical to “Evolved as One,” the opening track from From Enslavement to Obliteration, except without the vocals.Percussion is heavily reverbed, and guitars repeat an ominous riff before disappearing into ambient industrial noise. What’s the point? Not too sure, but it’s a nice little coda if you’re listening to The Curse immediately after finishing its parent album. The other four tracks are standard crazed, blitzkrieg punk out of any other Napalm Death release; “Morbid Deceiver” is a re-recording of “Deceiver,” featured on the band’s debut full-length Scum.
1. The Curse – (3:20) – ★★★☆☆
2. Musclehead – (0:52) – ★★★★☆
3. Your Achievement – (0:08) – ★★☆☆☆
4. Dead – (0:06) – ★★★☆☆
5. Morbid Deceiver – (0:46) – ★★★☆☆
1It has hence been made more accessible through reissues on digital format.