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Review: Scarve - Luminiferous

Label: WWIII Music
Year released: 2002
Duration: 44:19
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 29, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

Have you ever gotten an album and while listening to it for the first time you come to realize that you have never heard anything quite like it before? Well that is exactly what happened to me when I first heard this album.

Scarve is a band hailing from France and they play this really weird hybrid death metal (that’s the only way I can describe it). It has the speed and aggression of death metal with this futuristic kind of cold sound. Then at other times it seems a bit thrash and then a bit melodic death and then all of a sudden it goes into a strictly atmospheric style section. The majority of this can be attributed to the changes in the vocal styles throughout the album. They range from a growl to a scream and then to an almost clean melodic sound (reminds me of Soilwork style vocal work at times). The musicianship is well above average with some very technically difficult parts through the length of the disc. Some of the drum work reminds of Theory in Practice while the guitar work reminds me of "Destroy Erase Improve"-era Meshuggah. The music for the most part is quite heavy but the melodic elements are never to far away. This all put together gives it a very unique sound and adds to what I like most about the album…originality.

Overall this album was a pleasant surprise but I really don’t know what sort of audience will appreciate this the most. All I can really say is that this is one of those albums you really have to hear for yourself to make up your mind if it is worth your cash. Recommended.

Song Highlights – Crustscraper, Capsized, Infertile Ways

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