Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Scythe - The Seventh Day Review
Scythe are a 4 piece Thrash band from Los Angeles, California and these guys aren't to be taken lightly. Their EP, The Seventh Day, is the main reason I make that statement. In the year 2011 there are so many thrash bands out, that it's almost impossible to stand out from the rest of the crowd, because the bands are either to generic or they're simply not good. Scythe tends to bridge that gap on this EP, as they aren't exactly a very unique sounding band, but they are plenty good at what they do, and what they do, is thrash extremely well.
The best part about this EP is definitely the riffs. I would describe the riffs as a good mixture of Sadus and Exodus. They're fast and show glimpses of technicality that remind the listener of Sadus on Illusions, but they also retain that straightforward, relentless thrashing sound of Exodus on Bonded By Blood. The track "Fantasy in the Dark" features some clean guitar parts as well, giving the song a darker, more epic feeling while the other three tracks on the EP showcase Scythe's ability to write catchy and aggressive material, which is a skill that many new bands fail to achieve.
The other instruments do their job very nicely as well. "The Virus" opens with a nice bass line for the intro and then the song fires off into a brilliant thrasher of a tune. The drums here aren't exactly something that stand out but they do their job and help Scythe achieve their heavy sound. The vocals on here sound like a mixture of Don Doty and Chuck Billy. They're aggressive and harsh and they suit the music very nicely.
The Seventh Day is Scythe's shining moment thus far, but I have a feeling that their next outing can be something special if they continue to do what they know how to do best. If you've never heard Scythe before I highly recommend that you give them a listen, and if you can only listen to one song, then it should be the title track, "The Seventh Day."
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Final Rating - 4.4/5 or 88%.