Thursday 8 December 2016

Scour - The Grey EP


1. Dispatched
2. Clot
3. Crooked
4. Codes
5. Tactics
6. Tear Gas

When a band such as Scour appears with members of prominent US bands, it's easy to try and pigeonhole them. This is not the time for that though. Formed in 2015 by John Jarvis (Fulgora, Pig Destroyer and more) on bass, Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) on drums, Chase Fraser (Continuum ex-Animosity, ex-Decrepit Birth, others) on guitar alongside Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation and ex-Neuraxis, amongst others), as well as vocalist Philip H. Anselmo (I don't need to mention his past and current endeavours), Scour released their debut EP in July of this year via Housecore Records. Given the collective experience of the quintet, an EP brimming with quickfire black metal certainly shouldn't come as a surprise.

Black metal that follows the path laid down by the Scandinavian first wave, but redefined by a US quintet with pretty solid CV’s should see you right. Opener Dispatched contains obligatory high shrieks and deep bellows, guitars that contain that characteristic USBM tone and drums that keep the urgency up front at all times. Progressive this ain’t and it bares more resemblance to grind thanks to it’s tempo, providing a no holds barred attack on Clot.  This is precision black metal and Scour as a cohesive unit make sure you don’t forget it. Crooked takes the Satanic influence and turns up the hatred in a simple but effective way, with no synths or chants, just straight-up blasphemy. The melodies that the guitars produce may not be initially obvious but they bury themselves in your head, especially during Codes. There’s ambience present to though, as Tactics demonstrates. It’s ambient noise presenting a mere breath of relief that only prolongs what is about to come. Menacing and totally engrossing, the power of Tear Gas rips you apart. It’s the first and only time that the screaming lead guitar is aloud to run loose, showing that Scour are more than just a straightforward black metal band. In truth, this is over far too quickly but it’s memorable and that is worth it’s weight in gold. 

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