|Review: Scariot - Momentum Shift|
Label: Face Front
Year released: 2007
Review online: November 6, 2007
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Scariot is another one of those Norwegian progressive metal bands that pop out of that country these days like baby rabbits out of a mother in the most sickly sweet spring meadow there ever was. There are obvious similarities to the heavier bands of the style such as Nevermore and Communic, although this album is definitely not a clone or a copy or anything of the sort. Scariot play a thrashier variety of the normal prog sound, although I wouldn't go into this expecting Slayer or Overkill, and the vocalist on here reminds me of what would happen if you took away John Arch's mystical falsetto and left him with a more midranged style of singing. He's not bad, but the band would benefit from a more aggressive, distinctive vocalist. The guitar tone here is polished, yet not devoid of heaviness or crunch, which makes for a thoroughly headbangable record. The solos are extremely delightful, ripping across space and time with class and never drawing attention to themselves over the riffs; just there if you want to get into them, and never wanky or overdone. This band doesn't forget the METAL part of their progressive metal label, which is extremely refreshing.
Standout tracks here are pretty hard to name, as every song here is around the same length, and they're all jam packed with thrashy riffs and towering, complex song structures that will never allow them to get boring or bland. "Redesign Fear" starts things off in fine fashion, blazing a trail of progressive metal mastery and heavy, headbanging riffs that sets the mood for the rest of the album. After that, Scariot don't try to deviate from their already set in stone formula, just delivering killer cuts like "Sickening World," "Noble Quest," and the massive, evil groove of "Slaves," which just rules on every level. Oh, and there's a cover of Death's "Symbolic" here, too - well done, although I can't compare it to the original, as I haven't yet heard it. Lyrically, Scariot obviously aren't the happiest campers, as these are all typically dark and pessimistic (but well written) progressive metal lyrics. Good stuff, for the most part.
If you've already tried Communic and Pagan's Mind and Nevermore, then go ahead and give this a shot. It's better than Nevermore by quite a lot, and it's definitely not derivative or boring at all during its 50 minutes of runtime. Recommended.
Originally written for Encyclopedia Metallum.
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