The Egyptian gods are back with a good new offering.
First of all is almost impossible to separate Scarab from Nile, for obvious reasons: they talk about the very same subject.
But the comparisons stop here. Nile is a more technical and faster death metal while Scarab is what I call a “normal” death metal band. Of course, by normal I don’t mean mediocre and even if I say they are not technical, they are. Not technical in the math sense, but what good death metal is NOT technical?
That being said this is their third full length and this album cements definitely their name in the extreme music scene: The guttural and marking vocals of Necropotence and the breathtaking riffs and introductory part of Blood Moon Shadows (that is VERY Morbid Angel by the way) are lethal weapons for those who are not part of the death metal cvlto: solid as heck, these headbanging tunes are sure to make the happiness of the most die-hard metalhead.
However, they don’t sound “old school” although being clearly influenced by Old School bands: they never force the production to sound like Entombed or Autopsy on purpose, their sound is absolutely contemporary and aren’t fit EXCLUSIVELY for old farts. Everybody who admires quality metal of death can dig them.
The closer they get to Nile (at least in this album) is on the song Circles of Verminejya, when the bellows are like invocation of spirits of old in a immemorial ritual of sacrifice and disgraceful metal: although not exactly sing along, these cats have what it takes to put some real esoteric approach to their tunes…
Another good song with a LITTLE nod to melodic death metal (they are not melodic) is Saturnian that makes good use of guitar harmonies.
Scarab is a great death metal band, that is slowly leaving its mark and make people notice their existence (which is TOO MUCH if one considers the number of bands competing nowadays). One more good work and they put their name for eternity. Just like the great pharaohs.
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