|Review: Scythe - On My Way Home|
|On My Way Home|
Label: Witches Brew
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 5, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:On My Way Home
There are some DM bands that do their brutal speedfest thing, and some that are a phenomenon in themselves, like The Chasm for example. Add Scythe to the select few. I mention The Chasm here, Scythe is quite different, as The Chasm is overall more brutal. Where they are similar is in taking Death Metal elements and adding melody and atmosphere to it. The Chasm have an "evil" atmosphere, while Scythe have a more depressing, a bit doomy sound, and there are more thrash influences here. The band does mention Opeth as an influence, but I can't say I hear any of that here - so fear not if you don't like Opeth, and jump off a cliff if you were hoping for Opeth 2. ;)
The vocals vary from death growls which happen to be quite decipherable for growls, and also some clean vocals here and there. That doesn't always work, but these guys do it right - whatever vocal style they use is very fitting to the music when they use it, and a single style just wouldn't have as good an effect on the listening experience. The music is kind of Death/Thrash but with a little 70s vibe to it as well, which makes for an interesting combination. The guitar melodies are very attention-catching, and the music is so rich that you discover something new with every subsequent listen. There are some acoustic passages as well, plus some occasional weird sound effects such as waterfalls. The last song has a short silence followed by some various chants with noises such as chains that last for several minutes. It's not as annoying as what these fillers usually are on other albums, but I still find this to be boring to listen to - at least after a couple of times. But hey, I think I can safely say this is the only negative point on this album, so I can live with it. That still gives more than 50 minutes of excellent material.
Even if death metal isn't your thing, this is so different that it's worth giving it a try. Death Metal fans who don't restrict their love of the genre to brutal DM may also find this interesting. Either way this is a severely underrated band that should get more recognition. As of this writing I only have the album that follows this one and it's just as good, if not better. Highly recommended.
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