Scour – Red EP Review, Red Set For Release Via Housecore Records On November 3rd

 

 

An extreme metal supergroup with a pedigree covered in viscera, SCOUR is the brainchild of Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index). Forged in 2015, the band’s punishing mix of black metal, grindcore, and thrash made its debut with the ferocious single “Dispatched.” The band’s debut EP, Grey, was released the following year via Anselmo’s own Housecore label. Just before a crushing performance at Hellfest Open Air, which featured a cover of the Pantera classic “Strength Beyond Strength,” the band recorded their Red EP at Nodferatu’s Lair with Steve Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.) at the helm. The record was once again mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt, Khemmis) at Flatline Audio.

Like the Grey EP, this is pure Filth! Which I say that in the best possible way! The tracks are all short and pack an instant punch. All bar one, which was strange to me at first but once I got my head around it all I was more than impressed! 

The EP kicks off with previously released title track ‘Red’ which we shall link below and the first thing I noticed is Phil’s vocal improvement in this release over ‘Grey’. He really has the pure Black/Death metal vocals down on this EP. The song kicks off and holds a relentless pace throughout! A superb way to start things off. 

Another previously released track ‘Piles’ which again we shall link below blasts in and again holds a relentless pace. Full of fantastic guitar and drumming with Phil’s vocals killed it yet again. 

‘Bleak’ is a lot slower in tempo to begin, but oozes atmosphere and moves throughout the gears throughout effortlessly. The lyrics are excellent in this song and maybe my favourite track on this EP. It’s a truly excellent black metal song! 

‘Barricades’ speeds it up again and blasts its way through until a slight tempo change in the second half of the song. It moves up the gears again with and finishes with a bang. Another excellent song! 

We now move to the EP’s penultimate track and the one that caught me off guard. While they had an atmospheric piece in Grey at the same point. This track ‘Sentenced’  is an evolution of that idea. To sum up. It’s the best theme from a Horror film yet to be used. It’s eerie, atmospheric and a truly haunting piece of music. Fantastic!  

The EP concludes with ‘Shank’, which is different from the rest of the EP in ways. It’s still a tour de force Black metal track but a lot more dynamics this time. There’s also some fantastic lead guitar work and Phil’s vocals are excellent throughout! 

In conclusion, this is an excellent EP. There’s no weaker track and a real improvement over the ‘Grey’ EP. This easily ranks up there with Phil and the rest of the bands better works. A flawless release in my humble opinion! 

9.8/10

 

Red

 

Piles

 

Red will see release on CD, digital, and vinyl formats on November 3rd. Physical preorders are currently available at this LOCATION. Desirers of the digital edition, go HERE.

 

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Housecore Records: https://www.facebook.com/housecorerecords

 

 

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