SCOUR – the extreme metal collaboration uniting Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Continuum, former Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention) – will unleash their self-titled debut tomorrow via Housecore Records.
In advance of its release, Loudwire is streaming the record in full noting, “With no song eclipsing the three-minute mark, Scour is a sonic deathblow spanning just fourteen minutes,” hailing the band’s, “caustic brand of black metal in the vein of Scandinavian greats like Marduk and Necrophobic.”
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Together, SCOUR conjures a harrowing strain of blackened, grind-infused sonic murk; dark, deviant and distinctly unlike any of their root bands. The band’s six-track, self-titled debut was mixed by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt, Khemmis). Said Anselmo of the release, “Doing the SCOUR project was a blast. The way I saw it, the songs are short, and extremely straight-forward, so I didn’t want to clutter them up with too much. I had to pick particular lyrics that seemed provocatively absurd enough, and to perform them as raw as deemed fit. I hope all the true extreme music lovers enjoy the stuff as much as I did performing it. I haven’t done this style of since my days with Christ Inversion from 1994 – 1997, and I know some people might know of bands I’ve done like Eibon or Necrophagia in the early 2000s. Doing SCOUR was a cool re-visit. A huge cheers to all the awesome collaborators on this project.”
Scour will see release tomorrow, July 15th, 2016 through Housecore Records on CD and vinyl formats. Preorders are available HERE.
In a recent 5/5 review, Skulls ‘N’ Bones gushes, “This short, sweet, self-titled EP proves that the former Pantera frontman has the ability to take his talents to the black metal genre and fucking destroy all… This album not only shows that this group of musicians can excel in a different genre than what they normally play, but provides that they can own that genre.” In an 8/10 score Metal Wani celebrates a “short, sharp offering,” adding of Anselmo’s various side projects, “this one is right up there with the best of them.” Adds Exclaim of “Dispatched” specifically, “The track begins quite menacingly, with black metal-style blast beats and trilled-out guitar damage flying just beneath the grotesque gurgle of frontman Anselmo. The piece is fairly relentless, with even the slow-mo mosh part at the end of the track coming packaged with a viciously stomped-out double kick.”