Stryfe: Highlighting their Armenian roots.

Stryfe – Cursed Theater

When Permafrost today started six years ago, we were completely unknown in the music industry. We’ve probably done a lot right because now there’s a flood of bands, musicians, labels and promoters etc who would like us to record about the artists they represent. Writing about everything is completely impossible because we do not have an abundance of journal sites. Those who wish to write can contact us. This article is about the band Stryfe and this time we were contacted by Davide Pulito The Metallist PR & Marketing.

Duplicitous (Official Music Video) taken from the album Cursed Theater. Duplicitous music video credits: Filmed by 400 Blows Films. Director – Karen Khosrovyan. Director of Photography (DP) – Gevorg Gasparyan. Cameraman – Manuk Margaryan. HMUA – Rita Janikyan LA Charmed. Actress – Kristina Menissov

Stryfe is from the town of angles, Los Angeles, but their music is not gentle as an angel, but the musician are from Armenia. Duplicitous,wh ich explores the band’s progressive side while also highlighting their Armenian roots. From start to finish, the backbone of their latest release, Duplicitous, is carried by the melodious bassline of Karo Torosyan, complemented by Kar Khurshudyan’s noteworthy guitar work as well as Derek Vardumyan’s straightforward yet powerful drum performance. Last but not least, Sergio Ochoa’s masterful singing manages to elevate Duplicitous even further while beautifully accentuating Styfe’s Armenian style of rock songwriting.

Duplicitous is merely an appetizer of what Strfe will offer with its debut LP Cursed Theatre which was released on August 12. Each member of Stryfe brings countless years of experience and musical heritage to the table, giving the group a unique yet familiar sound that reverberates across all their material. The band may be characterized as a melodic radio rock version of System of a Down by some as a result of their Armenian heritage as well as the heavy use of Armenian elements in their music, however, Stryfe manages to surpass that shadow with their modern approach to these elements.

The lyrical content of Cursed Theatre centers around themes relating to growth, and the overall message relates to a path towards the individual becoming a better version of themselves through struggle. While Cursed Theatre is not a concept album, blocks of songs include shared themes. Cursed Theatre is a metaphor for life itself—with its actors being people themselves with their varying characters. The artwork centers around a single seat in a theater, which is illuminated compared to the other seats, which represents a person who is able to overcome challenges or difficulties that life (or the Cursed Theatre) has to offer.  Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones Cover) [Official Video].

The upcoming LP Cursed Theatre was mixed by Kar Khursudyan and Serge Elkony and was mastered by none other than the legendary producer Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios, who has worked with metal powerhouses such as Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath, Katatonia, Opeth, Paradise Lost, Powerwolf and many more. The artwork was designed by Arsen Kirakosyan.

Cursed Theatre tracklist:

1. Deception (3:57)

2. Palisade (3:45)

3. Duplicitous (7:03)

4. Velvet Revolution (4:19)

5. Lazaro (4:45)

6. Cursed Theatre (5:18)

7. Hymn of the Truth (5:49)

8. Fake (6:22)

9. Born Again (7:00)

10. Highlands (4:33)


Sergio Ochoa – Vocals

Kar Khurshudyan – Guitars

Karo Torosyan – Bass

Derek Vardumyan – Drums


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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