Scar the Martyr
Revolver


3.5
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Review

by Philip Whitehead USER (26 Reviews)
September 24th, 2013 | 17 replies | 3,143 views


Release Date: 09/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid free EP courtesy of Revolver that whets the appetite for this supergroup's upcoming debut.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Scar the Martyr is an interesting prospect of a supergroup. Joey Jordison of Slipknot fame has assembled a group with the calibre of Kris Norris, Jed Simon and Chris Vrenna to aid his project with unknown vocalist Henry Derek Bonner to create an album which early signs imply could easily have been made with Slipknot in mind. However this isn't to say that this 4 track taster EP that Revolver Magazine have kindly released is in any way poor. It provides a good look into what the general sound of the upcoming full length (and by that I mean full length, with the standard edition alone clocking in 14 tracks) and is enough to keep you interested.

The songs available here are well constructed and have enough riffs to appease fans of alternative metal in the vein of Slipknot, if the songs are a little long and tend to drag on a little longer than they may be welcome. Chris Vrenna's keyboard contributions provide a nice amount of depth and atmosphere most of the time (for example, in the industrial fuelled 'Soul Disintegration') but can also get somewhat lost behind the wall of guitars provided by Jordison, Norris and Simon. Henry Derek Bonner has proven himself on these tracks to be a very capable vocalist, if not the sort of singer that many were hoping for when it was announced that the likes of Jed Simon and Kris Norris were joining (whose contributions, although minimal in terms of rhythm and structure - most rhythm guitars were recorded by Jordison - are appreciated, particularly in the solos). He shows a good vocal range and reliable enough harsh vocals, however many will likely spot similarities to a certain Corey Taylor in the choruses in particular.

With regards to specific songs, 'Blood Host' and 'Soul Disintegration' are the two songs that we will find on the upcoming self-titled album and they are definitely the most Slipknot-esque with their chugging alt-metal riffs and simpler structures. They are enjoyable enough but one would hope that the rest of the album is not like this. That's where the second half comes in. These two were b-sides that will not appear on any edition of the final album and seem to indicate a lot more influence from the two lead guitarists. The opening riff of 'After the Fall' reeks of mid-career Strapping Young Lad, however it does eventually show its true colours after a while and turns into another Slipknot song, aside from some terrific solo work from Norris and Simon, which is probably the biggest example of a song - which could easily have been the standout track - outstaying its welcome and getting dragged down as a result. The other b-side, 'Trinity of Lies', is probably the strongest track as a result of this, providing a much needed burst of pace with a much bigger thrash influence and at 4:15 it doesn't end too soon and doesn't drag on until it becomes a droning bore.

Overall, it doesn't really match up to the high expectations placed upon the band by the calibre of (four-fifths of) its studio lineup and gives off a bad feeling that we are just looking at what could have been Slipknot's long awaited 5th album. However this isn't to say that it is a bad release. For all its Slipknot similarities, if Slipknot were to release an album like this in the near future I doubt many would have much complaints, and the contributions of the other members still manage to help carve out Scar the Martyr's own identity somewhat. It's not what we were hoping for but it's a very good effort which is at the very least passable. Whether or not this reflects the entire 14 track (18 if you buy the deluxe edition) album remains to be seen but it's certainly enough to keep listeners interested.



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DatsNotDaMetulz
September 24th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Just kinda whacked this one out of nowhere

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 24th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Oh yeah and link to EP: http://www.revolvermag.com/music/get-the-new-scar-the-martyr-ep.html

Password needed is STMRevolver13

EvoHavok
September 24th 2013



1338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's cool, but judging by the song lengths posted on wiki, the full album will drag.

Digging: Ningen-Isu - Burai Houjou

BigPleb
September 24th 2013



34225 Comments


Got a feeling this will suck.

Oh no, its gonna suck for sure.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Progger6009
September 24th 2013



1071 Comments


Yeah, Im a huge fan of Darkest Hour and Kris Norris. Yet I am fully aware that the full length will suck dick.

Digging: Darkest Hour - Darkest Hour

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 24th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I definitely think the two which won't be on the album are the better tracks although i still like Blood Host.

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 24th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I forgot to mention though, the intro to Blood Host reminds me a lot of Loco by Coal Chamber. Anyone else get that vibe?

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 24th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Also turns out the full album leaked as soon as I posted this fecker. Meh I can't do anything about it till the full album has an official stream anyway so I ain't doing anything about it.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013



1846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Got this EP free with Metal Hammer actually, guess it wasn't just one magazine that wanted to publicize this bad so much. As for the music itself, it's pretty cool, albeit a little too long for what each song actually consists of. Joey Jordison seems to be doing well outside of Slipknot on this evidence.

Digging: Black Anvil - Hail Death

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 24th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Wait was that in the new issue? I haven't got this month's yet.

Progger6009
September 24th 2013



1071 Comments


Btw good review Ill shoot ya a pos'

FearThyEvil
September 24th 2013



12286 Comments


Such a stupid band name

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 24th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

eh I prefer to judge the music

csl3082
October 6th 2013



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wtf are you people talking about?? This album turned out great!! You have to be out of your minds!

DatsNotDaMetulz
October 6th 2013



1717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Well according to the rating system 3.5 = great so my rating is fair.

csl3082
October 7th 2013



2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I know,,i was just responding to all the negative comments...

Progger6009
October 7th 2013



1071 Comments


Hey man just cuz you eatz the slipknots dickzx dont means everyone doez doe.



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