Scythe - _The Sorcerer_
by: Paul Schwarz (5 out of 5)
With the virtual avalanche of bands ripping off the '80s in what has become a shameless case of spot-that-riff, you'd think that any band with old/real/thrash metal leanings would be doomed to just blend in. Well, if most are, Scythe certainly are not. By mixing mid-paced '80s thrash riffing with distinct black metal leanings, especially vocally, Scythe show more promise in three tracks than many signed bands do in a whole mediocre album. As a debut demo, I don't think we could ask for anything more: Scythe have excellent songs, excellent vocals (the let down of many a band), excellent production and excellent little details (like the rumble of fast but almost subliminal double bass drums which permeates the verses of these songs). All the way from powerful opener "Demonfrost" through the pounding of "Storms of Wrath" to the majestic closer "Lair of the Ancient Snake", Scythe prove they deserve their place in the post-thrash/death/black scene; purchase and worship!

Contact: Scythe, 43 Cambridge Rd, London, SW20 0QB, England

(article published 7/6/1998)

3/25/2007 Q Kalis 8.5 Scythe - Decay
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