Phil Anselmo never seems to have a down moment. Always a new project or endeavor, he seems to always have the wheels in motion. One of these projects is Scour. Formed in 2015, Scour have thrown equal parts Grindcore, Groove and Black Metal into a blender, and delivered some scarily ferocious results.
They released their debut EP last year with positive reviews, and the New EP Red picks up where it’s predecessor left off.
Joining Anselmo in Scour are 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 pedigree in extremity covered.
The EP kicks off with the title track “Red”, and right off the bat Phil’s screaming his lungs out, there is no downtime for him in this track, reaching into parts of his voice I didn’t know existed. As with all the tracks on this EP Red doesn’t go over 3 minutes and gets straight in and makes it point.
Next up is “Piles” which just continues the ear drum beat down. Ferocious while remaining haunting gives a very dark ominous vibe.
Track 3 is “Bleak” and it really lives up to its title, while the power and energy are there the overwhelmingly dark and inhospitable vibe Phil brings across in his vocals really make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. You really get drawn in to that darkness.
Following “Bleak” is “Barricades”. The dynamics really make this track, the short stops make you wonder what is coming next and you get it right between the eyes, then followed by an awesomely melodic breakdown. Adam Jarvis is a real star behind the kit on this one, really mixing up his tempos and fills to take the song to a next level
A very Gregorian Chant style start to the next track “Sentenced” makes it feel like it’s straight out of a horror movie score, and probably well intended to do so by Scour. No vocals, no screams, and I can see this making the perfect kick off track to their live set, with the haunting tones building to a crescendo, leading straight into the EP closer of “Shank”.
Loaded up with melodic guitars under the growl and power of Phil, really makes this one the standout for me. So many twist and turns taking the listener on a crazy, freaky horror coaster. The perfect closer, I have given it the most listens of all the tracks and find myself going back to it time after time.
Some truly great guitar playing from Engemann and Fraser throughout the EP and not forget the great bass playing of John Jarvis, which really locks Scour into a tight cohesive unit.
Fans of Anselmo who didn’t pick up Scour’s debut might be a little surprised, but take open ears into it and you will have a great listen. Extreme is an understatement but 6 tracks clocking in at 16 minutes, you won’t know what has hit you and it will already be gone!