The self titled debut from Scar The Martyr drops in exactly one week and to get you ready, the band is giving away their EP exclusively through Revolver Magazine. The four track release features the single Blood Host, as well as Soul Disintegration and two previously unreleased tracks, After The Fall and Trinity Of Lies.
The first song to greet your ears after you hit play is Blood Host. It starts off with a distorted riff and builds up as bass and drums start to join in. It has an infectious beat that will get you moving right away and you can clearly hear Joey Jordison's masterful drumming; it's like a pulse that drives the song but never overpowers it.
The mood and pace change as you get into Soul Disintegration. The opening notes feel almost classical or operatic and the song has a darker vibe but is more smooth and melodic. There's some great riffs laced throughout the song, a sizzling solo and dueling guitars; it sounds sort of like Cradle Of Filth meets HIM...with Avenged Sevenfold on guitars.
After The Fall comes in fast and hauling a**, the drums again sound like the signature style that we know from Jordison. There are definitely Slipknot influences in this song; the aforementioned drums as well as the way the song is arranged, going from heavy and fast paced to a slower, more melodic groove and back again. There are also different percussion elements, which gives it a familiar feeling but doesn't sound exactly like a song that's already been made.
Finishing out strong is Trinity Of Lies, which brings back the catchy rhythms from the beginning. This track has some of the best guitar work on the EP and is vocally heavier than the preceding tracks were.
If this is a sign as to what to expect from the rest of the album, then it's probably something you'll want to go pick up and toss in the CD player or put into the iPod and give it a few spins in the car. It seems to have something for everyone, enough metal to make it just that, but also some hard rock vibes that will draw in those who prefer their tunes slightly more melodic.
To download your EP, head over to Revolver.com
The full album comes out on September 30th on Roadrunner Records and will be available in stores or on iTunes.
Scar The Martyr is currently on tour and will be playing on select dates of Sepultura's North American Tour this November. See scarthemartyr.com for more details.