Phil Anselmo keeps himself busy these days. His multiple projects, all involving talented musicians, cross the genre lines so many times it’s hard to keep them straight! Scour, his black metal project, is the most intense of them all. The band features John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth) and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index), so they have the pedigree for not only excellence, but brutality down to the smallest detail. They have now followed up their Grey EP with the Red EP.
The title track opens up this 16-minute opus, and it leaves nothing to be desired. Anselmo sounds like I’ve never heard him. He’s completely vicious, and the pummeling song lies somewhere between black metal and grindcore. “Piles” turns up the heat and hits another level of brutality, even integrating some melody. “Bleak” really spotlights the black metal element of the band, and Jarvis shows his masterful drumming here by mixing the blast bears with tasteful fills. “Barricade” is an absolute adventure that illustrates what this band is capable of producing. It really highlights the talents of every one of these musicians, not only with sheer speed, but with dynamics and melody. “Sentenced,” an instrumental that sounds like it’s straight from the bowels of a horror movie. It gives provides a respite before the band launch into “Shank.” This song demonstrates how this band combines different elements of extreme metal and make a sound that is truly their own. The vocals here are simply out of this world!
I can’t say one bad thing about Scour‘s Red EP. Dave Otero’s production and mixing absolutely key in on every element of this band and helped make this the black/grind standard-bearer.
Red comes out November 3 on Housecore Records. Buy it here!