Scanner
Hypertrace


4.5
superb

Review

by marbledking USER (17 Reviews)
February 19th, 2014 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On killing fields, where nobody wins...

This is the debut by the german speed metallers, Scanner. It was released in 1988 and features the best line-up that the band ever presented. Michael "M.A.J.O.R." Knoblich - vocals, Axel Julius - guitars, Tom Sopha - guitars, Wolfgang Kolorz - drums, Martin Bork - bass guitar.

Though it's not apparent from the start, this is actually a concept album, narrating the tale of the "Scanner", a victim of a military experiment trapped in a rocket and left out in space. The whole album is based on science fiction and war-like themes, as far as lyrics are concerned.

Musically, what we get is top-notch german speed metal in every aspect. High pitched vocals with a slight german accent, solid rhythm section and nice guitar work in an uplifting tempo. The choruses honor the particular genre by delivering sing along tunes and live atmosphere.

The album kicks off with "Warp 7", a fast and uplifting track, followed by the anthem "Terrion". "Locked out" delivers some mid paced tempo changes, which are pretty welcoming, featuring nice melodies and solo guitar intermissions. On the same level, "Across the universe" with its atmospheric intro and heavy riffing and then "R.M.U." one of the most standing-out tracks, with a slow intro and speedy progression. "Grapes of fear" and "Retaliation positive" serve well to the continuation of the concept, until we reach the master track "Killing Fields" with an amazing vocal show by Knoblich, both powerful and technical. Also the lyrics are of high quality, sending a "stop-the-wars" message. Double guitars sound great on this one too.The last 2 tracks "Wizard force" and "Galactos" conclude one of the most solid speed metal releases ever.

Overall, what we get here is speed metal at its greatest, back in time, when Running Wild, Rage, Heaven's Gate etc. dominated the european sound. You can listen this, over and over, it sounds fresh, dynamic, inviting to participate in singing along and not even a single track is mediocre. "Terminal Earth", their next release, was very close to this, unfortunately their latter history was not so amazing.

A must-have for speed metal fans, it's an energy shot for sure!



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014


8226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Great album, but nowhere near a 4.5. Terminal Earth is a 4.5.





Also, wait until your previous reviews are off the front page, before posting the next one!!!!!!!!!!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014


11547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Scanner is a band I really need to check so props for reviewing their debut.



However, there are people out there who review once in a blue moon because they don't have the time or for any other reason. It's a shame when their work disappears in no time. Do wait until your previous review goes out of the front page before you post a new one.

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marbledking
February 19th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my last, most-likely. I posted some because i was on vacation. Next week i'm back on full-time work schedule and probably won't be able to write anything for long periods.

necropig
June 7th 2018


5150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump

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Source
February 10th 2019


9322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hello yes I am responding to your bump necro

necropig
February 10th 2019


5150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good lad

Source
February 10th 2019


9322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:D

GhandhiLion
February 10th 2019


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I saw the bump and I thought someone had done a review for the electric artist scanner.

Now I am disappointed.

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Source
February 10th 2019


9322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Take the opportunity to listen to this instead

GhandhiLion
February 10th 2019


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

alright.

necropig
February 10th 2019


5150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rekt

Source
February 10th 2019


9322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can't refuse an album cover like this one

GhandhiLion
February 10th 2019


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This just makes me want to listen to Walls of Jericho.

GhandhiLion
February 10th 2019


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Or just Priest and Maiden

bloc
February 10th 2019


54697 Comments


This one took some time to grow on me

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necropig
February 10th 2019


5150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fail 2

bloc
February 10th 2019


54697 Comments


What was fail 1?

Source
February 10th 2019


9322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This just makes me want to listen to Walls of Jericho."





I'm assuming

GhandhiLion
February 11th 2019


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0



I'm amusing

Source
February 11th 2019


9322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rly now



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