Are you ready for it? Bring the out the monocles, Blessed Curse: Behind the Music....
Blessed Curse, a Northern California-based trio, have been making a name for themselves through selfless hard work playing countless shows and unleashing some of the most punishing true heavy metal. Like many, the band began with humble beginnings as childhood friends forging their love of music into their own band, and over the past ten years they’ve grown up and became a meticulous killing militia primed to join the bigger league and take things to a more international playing field.
In 2011 with an arsenal of new songs the band headed to Trident Studios with producer Juan Urteaga and laid down their greatest achievement with the full-length recording of their self-titled Blessed Curse debut album. True metal performed with integrity highlighting the band’s distinct take on their metal influences and capturing the past, present and future of Blessed Curse. Packaged with a killer original artwork piece from Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford, Cage), Blessed Curse are ready to take it to the next level and have partnered with Cyclone Empire Records to make that next leap possible.
This story begins in the fall of 2001 with guitarist/vocalist Tyler Satterlee and drummer Derek Bean in Colfax, California. The two school friends wanted to play music they felt in their hearts and quickly went on to cover many metal classics from bands such as Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath under the brand name Atrosity. The two finally settled as a three-piece with the addition of the four-string neck-wrecker Patrick Hamby in 2002. Now secured with a solid line-up, the guys continued to cover their favorite metal songs and began gigging locally wherever they could by playing the area’s live music clubs, high school rallies, and battle of the bands.
After a couple years of continuing to cut their teeth in the local music trenches, Atrosity recorded their debut demo in early 2005. This 5-song EP, appropriately titled “Fuck Everything”, quickly sold through the first 100 copies in a day or two all over the local area as Atrosity quickly established themselves as the true, young thrash metal band in the Northern California area. 2005 also cemented the young band’s reputation further as they opened for thrash metal legends Kreator and Overkill in their area.
In 2006, Atrostiy was forced to undergo a name change due to their being an established death metal band from Germany using the proper English spelling of Atrocity. Quickly deciding on the ultra heavy alternate name of Devastator, the band continued the metal mayhem as the now revamped headbanging force needed a release with the new name to get the word out to all the ravenous followers, as well as potential new fans they would set out to convert. Devastator recorded a 5-song EP, titled “Crush and Kill”, which was recorded completely live in the studio in two days. Released on Friday, October 13th, “Crush and Kill” quickly lived up and passed its predecessor to further spread the band’s name and reputation. Devastator spent most of 2007 playing up and down California with bands such as Merciless Death, Hatchet, Warbringer, Fueled by Fire, Ghoul, Dekapitator and Avenger of Blood, as well as with national touring acts such as Kreator (twice), Sodom, Three Inches of Blood, Napalm Death, Overkill (twice), Hirax, and Dragonlord.
In the fall of 2007, Devastator once again headed off to the studio, this time in Petaluma, CA, to record their follow-up EP, “Slaughtered Like Pigs”, with the help of Slave Productions. With the new recording Devastator joined their Bay Area brothers-in-arms Hatchet on a west coast tour blazing a path of destruction. Pushing ever forward, Devastator spent 2008 touring all over the west coast doing random dates alongside notable names like M.O.D., Heathen and Agent Steel, in addition to signing a publishing agreement with Salem Rose Music.
In 2009, Devastator geared up to record their next demo recording, the far more professional “Burn the Beast” EP, recorded, mixed and mastered in a week by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Sadus) at Trident Studios. “Burn the Beast” received rave press reviews and metal radio airplay across the country and to build upon the momentum the band embarked on a full US tour that summer, dubbed the “Slaughtering the Masses” alongside LA’s Rattlehead spreading their music and making friends in over 40 cities.
Upon returning home the band realized they had learned a lot from the experience and pulled back making themselves inactive despite a few one-off stints in 2010 from the aggressive live show routine and began making general improvements to their sound, musicianship, vocals and new material. Aiming to join the big leagues Devastator felt the need for a another new name that was more unique and original and dubbed themselves Blessed Curse – because being in a band is both a blessing and a curse.
Since the completion of their debut, the band have returned to the live front assaulting audiences with their intense barrage of metal mayhem and sharing stages all over the west coast with bands like Death Angel, Destruction, Warbringer, D.R.I., Evil Dead, Hatchet, Bonded By Blood, Exmortus, Sacrificial Slaughter, and Witchaven with plans to do a full US tour again this summer, 2012.
Despite having formed the group as school children the trio were now grown men and their commitment to their cause and each other is second to none.