Graveworm
Scourge of Malice


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
October 17th, 2007 | 16 replies | 8,264 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Graveworm's transitional album where they shed a lot of their classical influence and replace it with the more aggressive nature of later albums.

Graveworm are a band that have never been content to release the same album twice, they’ve always changed things up just enough to make things interesting with every offering. On their debut album, they had a very similar sound to bands such as Crematory before branching out to add classical instruments and more of a black metal approach on their second release. From there they slowly evolved further by shedding their classical influences and adding a more modern and aggressive feel to their songs. This, their third album, is the album where they transition from their older style on As Angels Reach the Beauty to their more modern aggressive style on Engraved in Black and future releases. The transitional nature of this album rests in the fact that their use of beautiful keyboard melodies and classical instruments is kept to a minimum, and in their place is a much faster and more aggressive musical styling.

The album starts off with an intro that could have been left off and no one would have even noticed; it doesn’t set the mood for the album at all, and just ends abruptly as well. The keyboards on the beginning of the first real track serve as a perfectly good intro all on their own. It starts off with choir sounding keyboards before breaking right in with both the black metal vocals and deep growls over an aggressive guitar riff. The beginning of this song wouldn’t have sounded out of place on their last album as it is played at a mid-pace, and maintains the melodies they were known for. It doesn’t take very long before their new more aggressive direction comes in, though, and the guitars take off with a fast melodic riff, played over some pounding drums. It continues to switch between the two styles for the duration of the song, finishing off with a good slow riff and one of the rare returns of the violins on this album.

At first it seems as if the next track, “Abandoned by Heaven”, will also be musically similar to the last album, but by the end it’s obviously not the case. The song is also played at a mid-pace but is fairly two-dimensional. It never really changes things up; it has a weak keyboard melody and suffers from a glaring lack of anything really going on. The following track, “Descending into Ethereal Mist” is the best song on the album and also does the best job of mixing the old with the new. It contains the great violin, guitar and keyboard melodies as well as the musical variation found in older releases, but also has the very aggressive parts of later albums mixed in as well. Of course, coming up later in the album is the song that most people know this band for; their cover of the Iron Maiden track, “Fear of the Dark”, and with good reason, it is an excellent song.

“Fear of the Dark” starts off with the guitar melody that anyone who likes the original will instantly recognize, before Graveworm takes that song and makes it their own by dropping into an extended part where just the violins are playing the melody from the original song. After that part they continue to make that song their own with black metal vocals, deep growls, and an increased speed over the original. The most surprising part comes near the middle of the song, though, when they do the guitar solos with violins and bagpipes; it really is one of the rare cover songs that actually does justice to the original.

The rest of the songs on this album follow the same basic formula of mixing their older more classical influences with their new more aggressive influences, which would take the lead on their later albums. For those into the more aggressive nature of Graveworm’s later releases this could still be something you’d be into, as it is similar but with the final use of the classical instrumentation and increased emphasis on melody. Despite whether you’ve heard them or not, it is definitely a solid album within the genre of Black Metal and one fans probably wouldn’t be disappointed with. For people that are more into the melodic and or goth side of metal, this album would probably appeal to them as well.



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south_of_heaven 11
October 17th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a pretty sound album, great to listen to in small bursts. "Fear of the Dark" is an amazing cover.

Willie
Moderator
October 17th 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a pretty sound album, great to listen to in small bursts. "Fear of the Dark" is an amazing cover.
I totally agree with all that... I prefer the album before this one, but I listen to this one just about as much.This Message Edited On 10.23.07

BallsToTheWall
October 17th 2007



44164 Comments


Just realized im way way behind Graveworm and such. I should get this when I have money.

Good review as usual.This Message Edited On 10.17.07

Wizard
October 17th 2007



19304 Comments


Nice review again Willie! You really love these guys! This sounds like the album that could really get me into Graveworm. I wasn't so much a fan of the their other stuff, besides the review you did for As the Angel Reach the Beauty. That album has grown on me over the last 2 weeks since I picked it up.

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Willie
Moderator
October 17th 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just realized im way way behind Graveworm and such. I should get this when I have money.
Ha ha, yes you should
You really love these guys! This sounds like the album that could really get me into Graveworm. I wasn't so much a fan of the their other stuff, besides the review you did for As the Angel Reach the Beauty. That album has grown on me over the last 2 weeks since I picked it up.
I wish I could say I really love these guys, but this one and "As the Angel..." are the only two I really like... the rest are ok though. This is probably the best album for someone to get into this band due to the mixture of all their elements, past and present... I'm glad you're getting into "As the Angel.." album though; it's my favorite of theirs.
This Message Edited On 10.17.07

Wizard
October 17th 2007



19304 Comments


Thanks for the advice, even though I do run through most bands back catalogues! Some of those back catalogue excursions actually made me more of a fan of some bands. And than some of those back catalogue listens.......ewww turned me off the band completely!

Willie
Moderator
October 17th 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, this album and "As the Angels..." album are technically their back catalog.. it's the newer albums that I don't think are as good in this case.

Crimson
October 18th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent review, not your best, but still decent. I may have to pick this up, I don't have any of Graveworm's back catalog at all.

Dethtrasher
October 18th 2007



2211 Comments


When did this band become so famous?

Willie
Moderator
October 18th 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent review, not your best, but still decent. I may have to pick this up, I don't have any of Graveworm's back catalog at all.
Thanks... yeah, I tried to focus on keeping this review shorter then usual, and I think it lost something in the cuts and modifications. As for the album, it's probably the best to start with when delving into their older stuff.
When did this band become so famous?
What do you mean?

Crimson
October 18th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks... yeah, I tried to focus on keeping this review shorter then usual, and I think it lost something in the cuts and modifications.
Yep, I think that did happen, and maybe that's just because I like long reviews! But still good review

Willie
Moderator
October 18th 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, thanks again... I've been working on another one for the past few days, I'll pay less attention to its length and see how that turns out.

Crimson
January 12th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love Therenody off this.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2008



16299 Comments


They did a fucking amazing job with "Fear Of The Dark"

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Willie
Moderator
November 22nd 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah they did. Although, "I Need a Hero" from their latest album isn't bad either.

Vakarian12
February 24th 2013



3709 Comments


cover of Fear of the Dark is fucking aaaaaaaaaaaaamaaaaaziiiiiiiiing

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