that come alive in the Dark
to the killing Ground
F. - vocals
Boccomino - guitar
Zeraib - guitar
Sterzza - bass
Leung - drums
SCARS: "The Nether Hell" scars
You can listen and download three
songs from “The Nether Hell” disk in their sites
review by Alex "Costa Rican Fan" Ramirez___
First a little bit
of history: Scars was born in 1991, in São Paulo, Brazil. They have
played over 500 concerts and they have shared the stage with bands like
Kreator and Anthrax. They split up in 1998. But reunited in 2004; since
their return the band is playing heavier and more aggressively than
ever. Or as they say “just plain old good Thrash metal!”
Hell" is the second production from these Brazilian veterans. This
album features a wide range of influences from Death metal to Heavy/Thrash.
But it remains loyal to its roots. The quality of the sound they have
achieved is really remarkable. The guitars are the ones that I enjoy the
most. Raw and crunchy, but capable of adding melody and mood to each
track .this production features some of the best solos I’ve heard in a
The drums are
masterfully performed by Patrick Leung. He delivers technical drumming
as well as non-stopping sensorial pounding attacks.
The vocal style of
Regis fits perfectly in the whole musical style of the band, adding tons
of aggression and attitude to the band.
The overall production of the disk is great. The design and the detail of the booklet is something that you don’t see frequently in South American metal productions. When you unfold it, you get a SCARS poster inside! This disk is a concept album. The Nether Hell is the lowest part of hell, where the penitence is to be restrained from physical motion through freezing and "where Satan made its lair". So each lyric is illustrated with images from Dante Alighieri's "Hell", published in 1310.
The first track,
entitled “Creatures that come alive in the Dark”, is a great
opening track, which lets you know what the band is all about, and
leads this trip through hell.
“The hidden Roots
of Evil”: this track begins with a nice intro, but soon the drum
pounding continues marching over the listener. There’re some death
metal influences in this track. As well as in the next one, called “Legions”
where the guitars take me back to the times of classic death metal.
There’s an atmosphere created by the melody of the guitars and the
pouring poison from the vocals. Actually this track made me go and
look for my old Slayer disks. (Haven’t heard them in a while). This
song features the best guitar work in the whole album. It creates a dark
and sinister mood.
The title track “Nether
Hell” is an excellent example of a more mature sound. A mid-paced song
with tons of fury. Here again the melody of the guitars and the hatred
of the evil vocals blend perfectly. This track must be a live killer.
You really can’t avoid the head banging. The song grows and grows.
Definitively Brazilian Thrash at its best.
The next track, “Return
to the killing Fields” is another example of how this band has
achieved a unique sound. It’s a proof that years don’t pass by in
vain. This track is heavy and destroys everything on its way. The
guitars tear your ears without mercy. Excellent solos. Vocals are
fast paced track is actually my favorite one. Speed and hate combine to
please the listener.
If you are a fan of
bands like Kreator, Sodom or Destruction, you should get this.
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