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Scavenger - Madness To Our Method

=Staff's pick

On The Outside
Storm Warning*
Ethereal Journey*
Prisoner Of Time
Unstoppable Motion
Daydreams In Dystopia

Genre Progressive metal/Thrash
Peter Dunne
Tracks 7
Noel Maher
Runningtime 43 Min.
Label Sentinel Records
Niall Cooney
Release 10 March 2004
Johnny Kerr
Country Ireland
Similar artists Megadeth, Perzonal War, Evergrey

Scavenger stems from Drogheda, Ireland. According to the promo material this is 'sharp edged power metal'. Ironically, what I miss are the sharp edges. The production is slightly overdone and leaves no room for the raw edges of dirty metal. Besides, it is more of modern, quite progressive, thrash than power metal.

It takes some listening in different players before I can fully grasp most of the twists and turns of these quite long songs. But still the songs have not got their own identity. It feels rather like one 43 Min. piece with different parts. It is almost impossible to single out one part that is more pleasant or unpleasant than the other.

Scavenger certainly consists of talented musicians. The rhythm section is tight. Singer Peter Dunne does a good job and varies his vocals, but lacks some extra power and edge in his voice to reach the real high grades. I want my metal more aggressive and angry. Maybe I also miss a more prominent guitar sound.

I think the whole record would lift with a real fast, aggressive and perhaps somewhat shorter song. Sometimes you need to be simple to get the attention of the large crowd. I should confess that I seldom have the patience to listen to progressive metal. I get bored… But I guess fans of Rust In Peace will shit their pants of happiness when they hear this.






6 chalices of 10 - David

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