|Review: Scythe - Subterranean Steel|
Label: Primitive Reaction
Year released: 2013
Review online: August 17, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (13 Votes)
A little more than a year after the debut Beware the Scythe we get the second album from this band formed from the ashes of the almighty Usurper. The debut was a questionable affair that had unmemorable songwriting and an awful title track. This one is miles better, and shows that Scythe might one day prove worthy of their pedigree.
A blistering assault of thrashing blackened madness, this is very similar in approach to the latter Usurper albums, with a number of songs that would not be out of place on Cryptobeast. There is not the wonderful traditional metal riff-styling of albums like Necronemesis or the sheer blackened insanity of Diabolosis - Usurper's masterwork. But enough of what this album isn't. What it is, is a rock-solid slab of viciousness, with crunching guitars, thrashing riffs, and a lot of ruthless speed and heaviness. Rick Scythe isn't the greatest vocalist, but he gets the job done, albeit with a lot of effects. I don't know why he just doesn't dig up General Slaughter and make this into Usurper again. The songwriting approach is much more generic than in the old days, but Rick still knows how to make his guitar sound like a sledgehammer of destruction.
Bottom line, if Scythe can keep making albums at least this good, or even improve from here, then I will be a happy fucking metalhead. A solid return to form for an old master.
|Other related information on the site|
|Review: Beware the Scythe (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)|
Review: Subterranean Steel (reviewed by MetalMike)
Interview with Rick Scythe (vocals, guitars) on May 26, 2012 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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