SCOLOPENDRA - CYCLES
Review by Sloof
Scolopendra are active predators and their bites are very painful but rarely fatal to humans. This genus of centipedes is now transformed into an assaulting French Thrash/Death Metal quintet that is active since 2006, but ready for the downfall of men with only one arsenal of weapons in their possession: strings, drums and microphone. After the release of a first EP in 2011 (‘Apostasy Beyond Sanity’), they teamed up to become more destructive and ravaging. The only way to reach that goal was time. Time to write, compose and rectify, time to improve, impend and to create a full length monster that sets new standards for blunt force! The time is right, the tusks are filled with poison, the monster is on the loose…
The album starts with a dreamy intro called ‘Dream Sequences’ that has a spooky and SciFi atmosphere. Opener ‘Purity’ has some old Celtic Frost influences, really raw and pure with a nostalgic Old School feeling. The vocals of TLH are brutal and brought with a lot of dedication! The second part of ‘Purity’ explodes in an overwhelming pace! Totally insane how drummer ELD is creating such a great vibe that all members go in overdrive! The album is divided in 3 cycles: ‘Incubation’, ‘Psychotic’ and ‘Slaughter’ and each cycle contains a few songs. This is only to be in harmony with the album title and the lyrical content as the style of arrangements is little different all over the album. A track like ‘Mental Torture’ will please the fans of Gojira as they contain the same typical guitar licks. The third cycle begins with ‘End Of Tunnels’ which is another intro where people scream and a devastating vibe is created. The mayhem continues with ‘Pinhole Of Diffraction’ where the pace is increasing until a complete battlefield. Scolopendra is the name of a centipede, but at the same time an overall cleaning machine that prefers human bodies, severed limbs and organic waste.
This Scolopendra is taking the world by destroying all that you can image. They create a certain vibe in their songs and it fits to the whole story of the name of the band. From now on, I guess I’m going to be afraid when I see a centipede, as the risk is present that this Scolopendra is aiming for my life. Auditory mass murder, sonic violence and a devastating hurricane with members that are able to control its sound blast to form instantly recognizable chunks. https://www.facebook.com/scolopendraofficial/
My rating: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish