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Review: Scythe - Beware the Scythe
Beware the Scythe

Label: Primitive Reaction
Year released: 2012
Duration: 42:00
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: May 10, 2012
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Beware the Scythe

Rated 4.28/5 (85.56%) (18 Votes)

Scythe is a spikey gauntlet in the face of all hipster pretenders, new Metal trenders, false wanna-be-Nu-Thrash, and all other forms of weak, derivative uninspired Metal. I guess no better introduction can be done of this 3-piece Chicago underground Metal act that was formed by the main motor and soul behind Usurper, Rick Scythe, after the band called it quits in 2007.

It should not come as a surprise to anyone, but Scythe basically continues from those heavy yet still hot prints of spikey leather boots where Usurper left off some 5 years ago on their debut full-length studio recording, mixing 80's-styled Thrash, Black and Death Metal tastefully together and also adding bits and pieces from classic 80's Heavy Metal into their sound for an extra flavor. It all comes together really nicely on Beware the Scythe, maintaining a similar unique and original musical ground for Scythe that Usurper already took so successfully advantage of during the band's career. The Scythe fellows sound nasty, mean, evil and they have even managed to incorporate a fair amount of rock-ish elements into their songs that will make fans raise their fists and start banging heads off their shoulders. It's nearly impossible to avoid the uncontrollable body movements while listening to such tracks as "The Iron Witch", "Eye of the Crow", "Planet of the Humans" or just any other tracks off of Beware the Scythe simply because they all reek of an uncompromising Metal style, true songwriting sense and first and foremost 100% top-notch quality in terms of both songwriting and production that undoubtedly will drop a few pairs of jaws wide-open out of sheer gratitude for these guys.

It's very likely that Beware the Scythe will end up on the top 3 on my personal 'Top Metal Albums of 2012' list when I start putting Metal albums against each other in the semi-finals in a few months. Beware the Scythe has all those credentials attached to it that definitely makes it such a sure winner's recipe. Just sink your teeth into it and thank me later, okay? As the Sadus guys already stated on their 1986 demo, "Death to Posers", this particular demo title applies more than perfectly to Beware the Scythe. GET THIS... you hear me, fucker!!!!!

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