CD review SCOUR ‘Black’

‘Grey’ turns into ‘Red’ turns into ‘Black’, at least following the releases from extreme metal suppliers Scour. The band, featuring Phil Anselmo, John Jarvis, Derek Engemann, Mark Kloeppel and Adam Jarvis, had its foundation year in 2015 and it was an EP called ‘Grey’ that hit the shelves in 2016.

With ‘Black’ the third EP brings another six songs to the plate, all raging and furious tracks, being a fusion of death- / black metal and grindcore, but also thrash metal and punk are somehow embedded. ‘Black’ is a wild ride and these 15 minutes put quite a demand on you as a listener. And if the five guys of Scour wouldn’t be enough to create a metal inferno, the release also features guests. Hate Eternal’s Eric Rutan added parts as well as Pat O’Brien from Cannibal Corpse, and not to forget actor Jason Momoa.

This release is like the explosion of a volcano. It unleashes a lot of energy in a blast and the moment the eruption starts, things are tough to control. Translated into the context of this EP means, that the moment you press the ‘Start’-button, you passed a point of no return for the next 15 minutes. You become a part of this extreme musical roller-coaster that spits you out with the last tone of ‘Subprime’.

Talking about ‘Black’ means also to mention that with all musical anarchy the EP comes with a quite transparent sound. What easily could have turned into a muddy mix benefits from a sound that allows a differentiation as well as it supports the ultimate power of these six songs.

If you’re ready from extreme metal and sonic madness, this EP should become a part of your shopping list.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Doom
  2. Nail
  3. Propaganda
  4. Flames
  5. Microbes
  6. Subprime

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Extreme Metal

Release Date EU: November 27th, 2020

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