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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
Our score 8

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.

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Da-Government_ 2/15/2006 8:28:36 PM

HEY! what the heck...i ysi'd this yesterday and now its got a review up the next day....hummmm somthing fishy is going on here.


bambam_ 2/15/2006 9:59:42 PM

best album of 2004


yousuck_ 2/15/2006 11:37:30 PM

i must find this casey choas is one of the most pissed off dudes ever


TheReapersSon_ 2/16/2006 2:01:32 AM

good shit!


panzer_ 2/16/2006 2:29:05 AM

I like the sample track. Definatly want to hear more.


xote_ 2/16/2006 3:34:07 AM

God damnd that sample track was good! I am gettung this shit the vocals are pretty sweet.


BURZUM_ 2/16/2006 9:42:22 AM

yeah...i kinda like this. i think i wanna hear more.


enemy2casualty_ 2/16/2006 4:35:47 PM

lame, dude. sample track is repetive, unoriginal. heard this all before.


the fuck??_ 2/16/2006 4:41:36 PM

people like this shit???? god, that sample track was f*cking horrible!


say10_ 2/16/2006 4:50:10 PM

sounds a whole lot like older amen with better drumming. i would've loved this in 12th grade


guy with tatste_ 2/16/2006 4:56:05 PM

i would have loved this when i was 14


asd_ 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.


omegaman_ 2/17/2006 2:05:27 PM

niiiiiice.


SMokeOutloud_ 2/18/2006 10:48:30 AM

ash this is subpar man, i feel malnourished or something something.


ANSELMOisGOD_ 2/21/2006 7:51:49 PM

probably the gayest shit ive ever heard