Thursday, September 04, 2014

Review: A Scar for the Wicked - The Necrobutcher

A Scar for the Wicked is a name that has been popping up around Canadian metal sites all over the internet. The large six piece band is from a small little area of Ontario known as Perth, and they've just recently formed in 2012. With little to go on other than the fact that they've played a couple handfuls of gigs around the area, and that The Necrobutcher EP is their first release, let's just dig into it... shall we?

Genre: Deathcore
Label: Independent
Release Date: August 8th, 2014
  1. Silence Vile Temptress
  2. Within the Rot
  3. Surrounded by Giants
  4. The Necrobutcher
  5. The Blood Ritual
Total Playtime: 18 minutes, 38 seconds




Rating: 9.5/10




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A Scar for the Wicked is a name that has been popping up around Canadian metal sites all over the internet. The large six piece band is from a small little area of Ontario known as Perth, and they've just recently formed in 2012. With little to go on other than the fact that they've played a couple handfuls of gigs around the area, and that The Necrobutcher EP is their first release, let's just dig into it... shall we?

From the standpoint of a reviewer, it's rare to come across deathcore that doesn't rely on monotonous genre standards; chugging breakdowns, redundant vocals and overall lackluster presentations seem to be the tiresome recipe that, for whatever reason, just won't evolve. Granted, a good fun breakdown isn't something that every metalhead will admit to enjoying, and honestly it's a factor that's impeding the evolutionary process of a widely scorned genre. Hopefully A Scar for the Wicked have set out to change this terrible stigma that deathcore has made for itself with The Necrobutcher, an EP that gives a huge wave of revitalization to an otherwise decaying architect.

Without a doubt and from the very beginning the duel vocalists make themselves stand out by implementing a solid mix of shrill highs and gutturals; hitting hard and quick, the two opposites occasionally find themselves entwined, as in "Silence Vile Temptress" and the spine tingling growl at the beginning of "Surrounded by Giants". The production layering between each of the instruments, vocals included, help every fundamental to loom with a darkened, new age aura that distinguishes the band from surrounding artists. However, at times there can be a plethora of sounds happening at once within the content, "Surrounded by Giants" being a prime example. The group manage to offset these crowded segments by consistently tipping the scales with equally void sections and they implement the mix in a variety of ways throughout each of the songs.


The canticles come alive thanks to the melodious intermediate solos, which are usually laid over-top of well executed breakdowns; the best example of this construction is during "The Necrobutcher", marking it a very worthwhile title track. The breakdowns themselves are made up of palm-muted riffs and an array of double bass drumming that's accompanied by multifaceted cymbal techniques; though the drummer does turn the tide at some points and utilizes slower tempos instead. The material even goes as far to incorporate brief stops, much akin to the effect that a kill-switch would initiate. The drummer's tight precision during these moments is critical, and shows his skilled control in "Silence Vile Temptress" and even more so in "Within the Rot".

Sadly, the bass rarely gets its time to shine and when it does the appearance is all to brief, leaving the listener craving more of it's deep tone and smooth lines. The final moments of "The Blood Ritual" is where the bassist is able to stand own his own for a brief moment in time, and A Scar for the Wicked may find it beneficial to allow more prevalent audio time for the bass in future releases. Otherwise, there's not really much that can be said negatively about The Necrobutcher. It's a thriving start for a new band, one that will hopefully entice a new audience towards deathcore, with its darkened melodic tendencies and blackened death metal vocals. Even if the genre isn't your thing, this is definitely a title well worth giving up twenty minutes for.

Physical Copy Provided by: Silver Wings Studios

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