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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: June 2, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
Readers Rating

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

Ok, if someone can tell me what a crustcraper is I’ll give them the promo for this album. Oh wait, that’s just a typo on the promo sleeve. Seriously though, Scarve has tried really hard to carve out a name for itself in the midst of a gazillion other thrash metal bands desperately trying to claw there way up the slopes of fame mountain, or is that cash mountain? At least they aren’t putting out the typical half an hour non-stop and when it’s done you don’t care kind of release that has been pretty typical of this style as of late. Rather, these French boys add some death metal personality to their old skool shredding, with blast beats, deep deep vox and some riffs that would raise the hairs on Marco Aro’s head, if he had any of course. What I really don’t like is the layer of static over the production that in spite of how thin it is really, gets in the way of the guitar work leaving it unclear and less than classic sounding.

It is a pretty good record though. Some nice original thoughts tossed into a field desperately in need of it. The last few records of the thrash sort that I’ve been into lately have actually caught my ear, whereas prior to these I was hearing dud after redundant dud. I can’t help but feel kind of burnt out on this stuff.

There’s plenty of room for exploration within the just under 45 minutes that Luminiferous runs, with death, thrash and some clean vocalized metalcore-ish chorus passages. Also included is a decent cover of Entombed’s Serpent Speech. Fans of early Gothenburg and the likes of The Crown would probably dig this record.

Scarve definitely gets points for originality, but the shoddy production I mentioned above really does take the edge off of what should be some killer moments. Hehehe, Crustcraper…

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