|Review: Skrypt - Discord|
Label: Threshold Productions
Year released: 2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: December 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
Discord is the debut EP from Indian band Skrypt. I had never listened to any metal coming from that country so I was interested in what this group had to offer. They say that they play "Groove-Thrash" I never fully understood that concept or what it means. The first band that comes to mind is Exodus; after all they were the pioneers of that style and this band has many things in common with the Americans since 2000 (and not all of them are good). They also have influences from other bands like God Forbid, The Haunted and even some Hatebreed, sure those bands are supreme shit but I wanted you to know that Skrypt is not an Exodus clone.
The first thing that I noticed was the vocals; singer Scenic G has a similar yelling style to Rob Dukes, although Dukes has a higher pitch in his voice. Unfortunately I think that those vocals are crap so the singing here isn't very endearing to these ears. If he could add variety and dynamic to his singing, then the songs would be improved ten-fold, but here they are barely passable (and that's me being extremely generous). The rest of the band is capable musicians, they are nothing outstanding but they carry the songwriting ideas the best they can.
Songwriting-wise, Discord is a hit or miss affair (but mostly miss). It starts out with what I consider the best song here in "Artifice", it shows their potential and how awesome they can be. As I stated before, they sound a lot like Exodus, as if you were hearing unreleased material from that band (and that's the case for all four songs). Unfortunately, they drop the ball for the rest of the EP, and the band does not make a track nearly as good as "Artifice." The reason is simple, the severe lack of guitar solos. Sure, they produce some heavy riffing like in "Supremacy" but aside from the opener, they don't possess that air guitar moment that most thrash bands seem to have.
Skrypt has toughness and aggressiveness by the spades, but they don't present it in a coherent way. Although it had some interesting ideas, to me they seem content to merely show those emotions, instead of expressing them in a meaningful way. If modern thrash is your thing then go ahead get this as it will likely fill your appetite for the genre. With Discord being a 20-minute debut EP, the band obviously has ways to go and room to improve.
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