Transgressor
Ether For Scapegoat


4.5
superb

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
April 17th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of Japan’s greatest achievements. No fillers, just pure solid Death/Doom.

When I think of Japan I think of hentai porn, orange and blue hair, and bad a-ss samurais, but who would have known one of the best Death/Doom metal albums could have arisen from such a source. This is not to say that Japan shouldn’t have the capability to create such feats of good music but I never expected Death/Doom to take the light in this case. Transgressor’s first and only LP entitled “Ether For Scapegoat” [EFS] was released during the pinnacle of the OSDM scene in 1992 and is the definition of a timeless album.

The level of melodious skill, choice for musical notations, tempo changes, and productive atmosphere’s is where “EFS” succeeds. This currently still active quartet, formed in 1989, clearly took their time in making sure every moment of this release was cohesive and never detracted from the disparity and warmth in its passages. Playing the style of Death/Doom metal allows for great versatility so faster death tempos can be blended into slower prodding doom-like tempos. In the opening track, “Whiteness”, slow building power chords with harmonizing melodies pulse up and down with synth layers, occasional guitar acoustics and spoken deep vocals. This surplus of elements fits the albums overall mood well. As you feel something evil is approaching you can’t help but feel good about it because the groovy death like riffs makes you wanna bang your head; it’s ironic but factual. “Mortal Agony” contains some interesting choices for notes beginning with a type of lead/solo to fast hitting tremolos that go through various obscure progressions. The doom passages are never boring or overdone.

The level of replay value is extremely high on “EFS”. Transgressor is fully of aware of the need to create exciting music that holds true to form yet showing the genre’s capabilities. Tracks like “Transmigration” and the closer “Limbless Doom” contain several catchy riffs without sounding cheesy is the slightest bit. They even throw in pinch harmonics from time to time to keep you on your toes. The production has a good balance of crust and clarity that lies perfectly on your ears. There are no standout musicians; rather each band member brings the same level of skill which makes the “EFS” so cohesive and unified.

If you appreciate good Death/Doom music and want to hear the best the genre has to offer you need to hear this now. For this level of musicianship coming from a Japanese band I am very impressed and you should be too.



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Funeralopolis
April 17th 2012


12759 Comments


i like doom but i don't like death will I be indifferent to this or will my mind simply explode?

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seedofnothing
April 17th 2012


3425 Comments


This is one badass album, good job on the review too. Can't believe I haven't rated this yet.

Adabelle
April 17th 2012


4272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listened to the first track, is enjoyable

Adabelle
April 17th 2012


4272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I'm going through the tracks now, it's really good

ZedO
April 17th 2012


1096 Comments


When I think of Japan I think of hentai porn...

Don't forget to think of Ms. Miyabi, Bro! Lol

However, pos, for bringing Jap's osdm here....

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2012


19648 Comments


great record

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MO
April 17th 2012


19628 Comments


Oh fuck yes this album rules. MORTAL AGONY

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 17th 2012


4472 Comments


Another great review, Pos'd. I looked up "Whiteness" on youtube.... it's pretty good.

foxblood
April 17th 2012


6797 Comments


"Whiteness is more like rubbing a wet pussy but the rest is all penetration bro"

count me in. whiteness was pretty cool, i'll have to listen to the whole thing

Hawks
April 17th 2012


37488 Comments


Nice review bro. This sounds awesome.

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ThroneOfAgony
April 18th 2012


3485 Comments


Yeah great review dude, well described. Have a pos

ffs
July 14th 2012


4984 Comments


holey shit this rule s

ShadowRemains
July 14th 2012


22280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album

Wizard
December 29th 2012


19881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking amazing album.

Wizard
March 9th 2013


19881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Because they're gay.



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