Scepter - _Fucking Metal Motherfuckers_
(Merciless Records, 2003)
by: Aaron McKay (
Using "fuck" as nearly every word in an album title doesn't make you any more or less "metal". Furthermore, these three guys seem obsessed with defining that term, too -- what's "metal" and what isn't and "no one is more 'metal' than Scepter", or so the propaganda goes. Overly stripped-down and basic, this band, despite a couple of previous efforts under their leather vests, seems wildly unpolished. In all fairness, that very well may be this outfit's bailiwick -- who knows... Getting into Scepter's shtick a bit deeper (as far as the depth of the puddle will allow), even their lyrics find themselves challenged at a primitive level. Grunting out this and that about statutory rape, abortion, and how "metal" they are (like an arrogant rapper might do -- only Scepter does it with long hair and an ability to play their instruments), this Chicago three-piece breaks no new ground here nor do they begin to challenge the listener in any way on any of the twelve cuts that comprise _Fucking Metal Motherfuckers_. About as involved as a restaurant dinner receipt, the last layer of this band available for examination is their instrumentation. Sounding like Black Sabbath on steroids occasionally (that's obviously a good thing), Scepter is entirely too predictable: guitar riffs fall exactly where you would expect them to and the "boom-boom, beat-bash; boom-boom, beat-bash" of the drums seem to be more to keep time than add anything to the music. Finally, this band has clear and understandable vocals -- another mark in the plus column. However, with the baseless subject matter barfed forth on _FMM_, this is, at best, a mixed bag. I suppose this type of music has its place, but kinda like Pearl Jam -- just not in my collection.
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