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Review: Scariot - Strange To Numbers
Scariot
www.scariot.com
Strange To Numbers

Label: Spiritual Beast
Year released: 2003
Duration: 54:57
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4.9/5

Review online: May 9, 2005
Reviewed by: ShadowsFall
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Here's an awesome find, and also a surprising one (well sort of). I would have to say I think this is my best find yet. In case you haven't heard the band name Scariot before, do not be alarmed as they are pretty underground in the Norwegian scene, even though they hold 3 full-length albums under their belt (and a 4th one on its way). Like I said Scariot hail from Norway, and yes you guessed it, they are another one of those awesome prog bands emerging from there. Well they are not actually prog, their other two albums are basically death metal. I don't really know what to call this album; it's like a mix of prog/power/thrash and some death influence.

The main reason this band kicks so much freakin ass is because of their vocalist Oddleif Sensland, the mastermind behind Communic! No matter what this guy does it is talented, whether it is playing the guitar, singing or growling. For those of you that know Communic, yes that's right Oddleif can growl; he doesn't show it very much on this album, you'll have to check out Scariot's previous albums to really hear it, but he's damn good. His vocal style is almost identical here as on Communic, (well at times he does resemble Warrel Dane (Nevermore) a little more than on Conspiracy In Mind) but the only difference in the two bands in the music. Speaking of the music, the odd thing is Oddleif does not participate in any guitar playing from this band, unlike other bands he's been associated with. The guitar playing falls on the hands of Daniel Olaisen (who I think is the mastermind behind Scariot) and Frank Orland. They play a really cool blend of thrash and prog mixed together.

This is a very stellar release from an unknown band with every track being really good; there are no bullshit songs or stupid intros or outros. The only bad thing going for this band is Oddleif and drummer Tor Atle Andersen have left to focus on Communic. This album is in no way better than Communic's Conspiracy In Mind, but it is very enjoyable to listen to, and is sort of unique in the style of metal they play.

Standout tracks: Monopolize, Broken Circle – Cutting Glass, Lady X and E Pollution.


Track Listing:
  1. Monopolize
  2. Strange To Numbers
  3. Prospects Unknown
  4. Broken Circle – Cutting Glass
  5. Lady X
  6. Pushing For Perfection
  7. Clear Mind
  8. E Pollution
  9. Inner Mica
  10. Instrument Of Policy (Bonus Track)
  11. Inside The Frame (Bonus Track)
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