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Legendary lead vocalist, Philip H. Anselmo, (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) has been involved with various side projects over the years, such as NECROPHAGIA, ARSON ANTHEM, and VIKING CROWN, so when the debut EP by SCOUR dropped into my inbox recently I was certainly a little bit more than intrigued to hear what “The Kid” is up to these days. After listening to the record for the first time, I knew immediately that these cats are on to something killer. SCOUR, a super metal band that teams Anselmo up with John Jarvis (PIG DESTROYER), Derek Engemann (CATTLE DECAPITATION), Chase Fraser (DECREPIT BIRTH) and Jesse Schobel (STRONG INTENTION), are straight ahead blackened death with no-frills. There is some brief guitar soloing but nothing out of this world ‘musicianship-wise’ that is going to make your jaw drop open, and the songs are pretty short, but no doubt this material is absolutely brutal in its simplistic, yet explosive delivery. The wicked first tune “Dispatched” sets it all off like loud fireworks, and without a doubt Anselmo turns in a truly raspy and demonic vocal performance for the ages. On the next cuts, “Clot” and “Crooked”, “The Kid” cranks up the evil for some of his most crazy and disturbing sounding screams he’s ever recorded in the studio. My only complaint is he’s a bit buried in the mix and I would love to be able to hear his singing more prominently. My personal favorite is the next track “Codes”. This crusher is followed by a creepy instrumental called “Tactics”. The final tune is “Tear Gas” and the opening yell sounds straight from the bowels of hell. Any fan of true extreme music will want to add this one to your collection.


4 stars
“Scour” EP (CD)

(Housecore Records/2016)

1. Dispatched
2. Clot
3. Crooked
4. Codes
5. Tactics
6. Tear Gas