Saturday, June 4, 2016

War Curse Interview

Tarek Puska, vocalist of War Curse

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are working harder than we've ever worked. After the release of Final Days, which is still getting rave reviews around the world, we are digging deep and doubling down on our follow up album. Everyone is asking if this new stuff is on par with Final Days and the answer is no. We've improved so much as a band in a short amount of time. The next album is going to be heavier, faster & more melodic. We are also gearing up for our first U.S. tour and prepping for some big shows.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Thrash, the way it's meant to be played. No studio magic, no overdubs, no bullshit. As raw as possible straight to the face. If you miss old days of no frills thrash metal with a message, you'll probably enjoy Final Days.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We're playing thrash metal. Whatever is important and pisses us off at the time. Religion, government corruption, and humanity as a whole. In today's fucked up world we will never have a shortage of material to talk about.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'War Curse'?

We wanted a name that addressed the repercussion of war. Something that says "I hope karma knocks you on your ass". The curse of war is trading in your personal beliefs and morals for an agenda, normally hidden from the people on the front line, and having to deal with it later. The person you killed in battle will haunt you until it's your turn to die.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We try to make every show memorable by leaving it all on the stage. We've played with Havok a couple of times, and the most recent show with them comes to mind as a personal favorite. When playing with a band like Havok you either bring it as hard as you can or get blown off the stage. Iron sharpens iron and we love to rise to the occasion. Other favorites would be stepping in as direct support for Raven, kind of a bucket list item for most of us, and some of the non conventional shows we play. We've played in the middle of a skate ramp with boards whizzing by and big motorcycle rallies in abandon buildings. Every one of them is blast.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We stay pretty busy. We're doing some stuff in our area in the coming weeks, and shortly after that we leave for tour with Miami death thrash pioneers Solstice. 2016 is pretty well booked, but in 2017 we're hoping to take it further, leave the country, and see what kind of opportunities we can find along the way.

7.Static Tension Recordings are re-issuing your ep on cd, what are your thoughts on the final product?

We have been lucky to receive so much positive feedback. It's truly humbling. Static Tension has been a great partner, working with us to get our music out there and providing us with the things we need. And while we're thrilled with the response we've gotten with Final Days, this is only the beginning. We're motivated like never before to write the best music of our lives. Stay tuned.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?

It's been crazy. We've had people from literally all over the globe purchasing our music. We've been printed a few times in the UK, had reviews and write ups coming in from all directions, and we're loving it. It has already greatly exceeded our expectations. 

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We're already 5 songs into the next album. Between shows we've been writing and making trips to the recording studio to start production. Musically we'll still be War Curse on the next album, just a better version of ourselves. Not that we don't love being compared to Slayer three times a week, but we're a lot more diverse and want to show fans that we're serious about this.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We all have completely different influences, which is what gives us our sound. I've been listening to a lot of Rainbow & Abbath as of late. But walk into our rehearsal space when we're hanging out and you'll hear everything from Iced Earth to Angel Witch.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Working out, drinking beer, and always trying to improve in other aspects of life. Also educating myself on world events, politics, and the general madness going on around us. Navigating through the smoke screen to find the truth in the mainstream media is a full time job.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I do. Thank you for granting us the time for this interview and anyone wanting to check us out should hit us up online at If you're in the states, look for us on tour this summer. Thanks to all our fans worldwide for the continued support.

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