Artist: ScarsOf Envy
Album: Three song promo release
Release Date: No Formal Release
If you like: Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Machinehead, technical metal
Standout Tracks: OBEY!, Stronger Than The Storm
I was sent a three song sampler from Scars Of Envy to get a general feel of the band. From the presser, these guys have released two full length albums, Forsaken Me in June of 2011 and 2015's New Damn Nation. “Smear” is a single off of the former, “Stronger Than The Storm” and “OBEY!” from the latter.
When I heard the first fifteen seconds of “OBEY!”, I was immediately reminded of Killswitch Engage, and I think that's the best comparison, except there's very rarely clean singing here (at least from what I heard here). The band says that the theme of “OBEY!” is “about standing up against all odds even when the chips are down. To persevere through anarchy and control. To open our eyes to the system that dictates human behavior.” That's a plus in my book. I really dig the guitar solo on this track.
“Smear” is a pretty cool track, and I like the breakdown-ish about halfway through the song, but radio edits (the version I heard) usually leave out the best parts. The song evolves into a pretty great drum fueled groove. The ending guitar lick leaves me wanting more. “'Smear' talks about love/hate relationships. How as much as you have loved and lost, you still have some connection to those you no longer wish to see. A smear remains in your mind, heart and soul,” says the band.
The guitar and bass work on “Stronger Than The Storm” really blends well on this track. The drums provide a pretty solid foundation. According the band, this song is “about how humanity overcame nature's wrath of Superstorm Sandy and how we persevered in our darkest hours.”This was probably my favorite song out of the three, but “OBEY!” was a close second.
These couple of tracks made me interested in what else the band has to offer. If you are a fan of highly produced technical metal, this is right up your alley.
3.5 out of 5 horns
by Kyle Boaz