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Scum - Gospels For The Sick
01. Protest Life MP3
02. Gospels for the Sick
03. Throw Up on You
04. Night of 1000 Deaths
05. Truth Won't Be Sold
06. Hate the Sane
07. Deathpunkscumfuck
08. Road to Suffrage
09. Backstabbers Go To Heaven
10. The Perfect Mistake
2005 Candlelight Records

Reviewed by: Ash Levitt   //   Published: 2/15/2006

Supergroups composed of various members of well known bands usually have to be taken with a grain of salt. What's the motivation behind the project Money, which would just come from the draw and appeal of side project bands (as with the recent Roadrunner United compilation) Or is it simply to create something musically that doesn't quite exist in the members' respective full-time bands Hopefully the latter is the case, since there seems to be an overabundance of side projects and supergroups lately. This is definitely the reason behind the new international project Scum, whose debut release, Gospels for the Sick, is definitely a release that can and will stand on its own, apart from the bands whose members spawned it.

Consisting largely of Norwegian members, Happy Tom (Turbonegro), Samoth (Zyklon, Emperor), Faust (Emperor, Aborym), Cosmocrator (MindGrinder), in addition to the American presence of Casey Chaos (Amen), the members bring not only international perspectives to Scum, but also many different musical aesthetics such as punk, metal, rock, and black metal that blend together wonderfully into one seriously angst ridden album. Scum isn't like some bands that have members from various projects, where one song sounds like one member's band, another like the next member's band, to the point that it's a my-turn-your-turn group. Scum is one cohesive unit that presents its own style of music, and does so very well.

Any fan of the aforementioned genres will certainly find something to like in Scum that will bring them back for many listenings. In fact, since I have gotten this disc, it has not left either my car, home stereo, or iPod; it is infectious and the songs, while not relying on kitschy hooks, absolutely get stuck in the listener's head. Tracks, like the opener "Protest Life," perhaps best demonstrate the sound that Scum has created: a perfect blend of punk and metal. Then some tracks harkens back to speedily fast crust punk that borders on old school hardcore, while others incorporate a slower, more grim approach that is similar to a black metal atmosphere. Casey Chaos's lyrics add an important element to Scum. Similar to older punk influences, the lyrical content is angry, hateful, and designed to shock people. Many times the content is tongue-in-cheek instead of literal, but make no mistake, Chaos is deadly serious about much of who the lyrics are directed to. Further expanding the musical repertoire of personnel on the album, Scum invited guests like Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Knut "Euroboy" Schreider (Turbonegro/Euroboys), and everyone's favorite troll Mortiis to round out the creative process and ultimate sound of Scum.

Bottom Line: While Scum isn't consistently heavy as some metal bands, and Casey Chaos tends to take a vocal approach similar to Jello Biafra or Black Flag era Henry Rollins instead of screaming constantly, the debut of Scum is without a doubt one of the angriest and most intense recordings released recently. It doesn't need the insane speed, breakdowns, technical proficiency, or guttural vocals to be brutal. It simply takes good songwriting, strong influences, and delivers them raw. Hopefully Scum will not be a one shot deal, and will release more material for a long time to come.

ANSELMOisGOD_   posted 2/21/2006 7:51:49 PM
probably the gayest shit ive ever heard
SMokeOutloud_   posted 2/18/2006 10:48:30 AM
ash this is subpar man, i feel malnourished or something something.
omegaman_   posted 2/17/2006 2:05:27 PM
asd_   posted 2/17/2006 8:24:10 AM
A 40 year old trust-fund baby (Casey Chaos), trying to desperately hard to get some "cred"? No thanks. I don't listen to fakes.
guy with tatste_   posted 2/16/2006 4:56:05 PM
i would have loved this when i was 14

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