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Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Scolopendra - Cycles


While continuing my journey into some extreme metal which is not death or black metal I got Scolopendra to review. Scolopendra is some strange mix of extreme elements of some black/death metal with some more hardcore elements in it with some electronic sounds mixed in.

The intro is pure electronic music with some ambient sounds, generally short and a great lead way into the album. A few songs down the way there is one more track like the intro, and it does wonders to break up the stalemate of the album. The tracks themselves are a mirage of the mentioned mix of HC and extreme metal. The songs have it all, HC breakdowns, blast beats, fast paced riff work, harsh vocals and energy.

The mix of styles may sound a little bad placed in some songs and parts of songs, but in general it does show that there is more than one way to combine HC and extreme metal and the result not being deathcore or metalcore.

The sound quality of the album is great, and like more and more albums of this day the vocal recording does leave a little bit to be aspired for the possible next album, as they are overpowered a bit in some critical points of the album, The instruments are greatly recorded and mixed, even with some electronic music components.

All in all, this is a great album, and I give it a 9/10 because of the vocal issue pointed out above.

Written by Nikola Milošević

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