GREASER ONE (4:10)
Length: 46:48 (min:secs)
From the north-eastern French city of Strasbourg, this five piece band of metal maulers have released their second album of bruising and battering metalcore, dubiously entitled "Gust of Rage". It features vocals that hollow out the heart and channel a tunnel to hell and riffs that batter away at the very ground on which you are standing. This is one for those that want their eardrums to be shattered like glass; think Skinlab, think rejuvenated Machine Head, and from time to time think Sepulutra or Soulfly, but most of all just think fucking heavy.
S-Core give you the soundtrack with which to smash your brains out, with such an extreme set of songs that in a live environment could only signal moments of premeditated destruction. “Misanthrophie And Mean” is a chugging riff-a-rama of annihilation, relentlessly thumping until you simply surrender, “In Memoriam” begins almost as death metal with a deep doomy riff that then lifts into familiar mayhem, betraying the façade and once again taking the opportunity to rip off your face and “Rising Terror” contains riffs that would frighten your local night club bouncer.
There are also interludes of lighter threads that keep the intensity by allowing just a little breathing space before another onslaught. And there’s “…A Whole Life…” which is a flamenco style acoustic number that seems more a break and mind leveller but does stand a little awkwardly on the album, sounding like a strange bastard child of Breed77 and Soulfly. “Buried” is back down to business, a punishing mauling and would surly melt ceramics. It introduces a small amount of sung vocals but don’t worry it doesn’t last for long before getting back down to the throat shredding stuff. And these are just a small sample of standout songs...
While S-Core are doing nothing terrifically new, what they do, they do very well and it is done with a full 100% effort and 110% effect! This is one hell of a heavy album, barely letting up from start to finish with a high quality of hard hitting metal. Production is clean and effective and brings out the crushing drums, thumping bass, disembowelling guitars and throat slitting vocals excellently. They’re a damn tight band and should be incredible to see live, indeed it would be a brave person who dares to enter the pit of S-Core, so if you're after a European version of already determined metal but one that you can actually get to see, then you just have to check this band out. They are most definitely recommended.
(8th November, 2008)