After impressing demo I’m glad to say that Suburban Scum have pumped out some nifty shit with their debut album. It’s pretty much amazing how they managed to pack so much hostile, grimy and anti-social vibes into such a short record.
The musicianship is top notch and the compositions are equally skilful put together. The guitars lay down a wall of sick riffs while the drumming is downright punishing, creating very brutal songs that never go down in intensity. The songs are far more diverse than your average hardcore band without using any of that clean vocals or metalcore bullshit. They don’t go over the top with song writing though, they just keep it stripped down and vicious and that’s the way I like it. There isn’t a weak track on the album and somehow their brand of hardcore is more vibrant than anyone else’s in the same bracket. I’ve heard a lot of people comparing them to Trapped Under Ice and I could agree to some extent, but they definitely have a style of their own. I also gotta mention the awesome front cover and the whole package of this CD in general. It makes it worth investing your hard earned money into this then just downloading it off Internet.
This record is one of the best examples of what I think is one of the most promising areas in hardcore today. From old school to new school, from mosh to circle parts, Suburban Scum fuses all these elements together with skill and a sharp eye for detail so the outcome is nothing but one of the best albums I’ve heard in recent months. Hardcore is once again reckless and antisocial!
Review by Dloogi
Label: Ride The Fury