CD TRANSGRESSION | Review english(Nocturnalhall, DE)

It was and is not easy to consume SCARECROW N.W.A.’s music, consequently the new work Transgression shows up as counterpart to musical fast food, whereby compository demand and catchiness go together in felicitous manner. I also like the resonant and massive sound.

SCARECROW N.W.A. – Transgression

Label:     Noisehead Records
Release:     September 28 2013
By:     Stormlord
Rating:     9/10
Time:     62:33
Style:     Death Metal
URL:     Scarecrow N.W.A.

It was and is not easy to consume SCARECROW N.W.A.’s music, consequently the new work Transgression shows up as counterpart to musical fast food, whereby compository demand and catchiness go together in felicitous manner. I also like the resonant and massive sound.

The album starts with the opulent track MMXXII in courageous style. Unloading instrumental parts feature the repertoire as well as various changes in speed and mood. Slightly oriental, partly hymnal guitar parts show up as another brownie point. During the title track Transgression, the voluminous, forceful voice alternates and integrates a short clear passage to loosen up the presentation. Some grooves come into operation, then the group speeds up again; I appreciate that the double bass is not used continuously to show the will for alternation. The guys act in very intense style during the core-like parts, conjuring up a downright live-feeling. Just listen to the grooving sequences in course of Self-Enslavement. In addition, the band attaches continuous guitar leads and offers a fast shouted ending.

Accentuated catchiness and complex, slightly modern influences dominate the tune Technology Of Death in proper style. Obviously the quintet does not use ear-candy-refrains, whereas the focus seems to be a variable instrumental presentation including alternating vocals. Besides some sparsely adopted clear parts, singer Bernd growls in really eerie manner like Johan Hegg. These two contrasting poles take us to a rollercoaster ride between sensitiveness and steam-hammer-power. This tactics also dominates the partly trotting, then hefty cudgeling tune Resurrection successfully. After a calm introduction, a discreet core-touch and oscillating shred-guitars augment the penetrating power.

You need to catch breath? No way! At Dead Of Night seems to be the most aggressive song on Transgression. Thundering drums and barking vocals attack the listener. Feel The Silence misleads us with its title: a spoken refrain and restrained modern influences appeal at best to the band. Afterwards, SCARECROW N.W.A. sprays a feeling of bonfire romance during Scarecrow’s Song, because they combine acoustic guitars and hymnal vocals. This scenario is detached by stomping, pathetic dramatic art and easy-going mid-tempo. In all, the musicians care for a surprising and effective punch line, integrating rocking chords. Somehow, the last song seems to be a cover version, because of the familiar impression after the first listening.

Transgression is the next step forward for SCARECROW N.W.A. on the open Stormlord-scale 😉 and shows clearly the will for innovation; the band does not want to sound like hundreds of others, maybe this is does not lead to big success, but I appreciate it a lot!

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