|Review: Scavenger - Madness to our Method|
|Madness to our Method|
Label: Sentinel Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: October 26, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Madness to our Method
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
My experience with Irish bands is that the material is depressing more often than not. Scavenger are a heavy/power metal band, and one would think that the power metal elements would make this is a little joyful. Well, not really. Scavenger do a good job of mixing both heavy and power metal (with a distinct emphasis on heavy metal), but the overall atmosphere is pretty dark at at some points you can almost wonder whether they were trying to fuse in some doom elements. The vocals are a cross between "your typical heavy metal vocals" and mid-80s James Hetfield - i.e. mixing high-pitched melodic vocals with a more aggressive and plain style. It's been a while since I last ran into such a release in this style of darkened heavy/power metal and it's a bit of a let down in the sense that it doesn't have much retaining value - once it's over, it's over. Not memorable for one bit, be it musically or vocally. Of course that's not an absolute requirement for a good album, but at the same time it's what would usually compel you to go back to it for more listens. There's no such urge here. So while the music is overall good, the ensemble comes out as pretty bland - but not generic and with quite a bit of variety both musically and vocally (that singer does some pretty good stuff in here), and that's what saves this. I hope the band can work on this a bit (without falling into the "pop metal" trend, however) for the next album. In the meantime, if you're looking for some heavy/power that's dark and melancholic, this is worth a look.
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