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Scour – “Scour” [EP] Review

Released by: Housecore Records

Genre: Black metal

Released date: Out now!!!



Line up:

Phil Anselmo – Vocals

Derek Engemann – Guitar, Vocals

Chase Fraser – Guitar

John Jarvis – Bass, Vocals

Jesse Schobel – Drums



  1. Dispatched
  2. Clot
  3. Crooked
  4. Codes
  5. Tactics
  6. Tear Gas


Hopefully you’re able to cast aside any judgments you may have about Anselmo long enough to listen to this brilliant EP.

Extreme Metal, Grindcore, Death Metal, Black Metal… these are but a few of the genre classifications that are applicable to the new project connected to the legendary Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Scour. The band truly is a valid “supergroup” of sorts since also in its line-up alongside Anselmo are Cattle Decapitation’s Derek Engemann (guitar), Animosity’s Chase Fraser (guitar), Pig Destroyer’s John Jarvis (bass), and Strong Intention’s Chase Schobel (drums). The astounding collection of artists have already released their self-titled EP, on July 15th via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records label and the six-track effort was mixed by Dave Otero (Khemmis, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation) and anxiety from extreme metal fans about the album is running quite high. With that in mind, allow me to tell you a bit about the Scour debut.

The first track on the EP, “Dispatched”, is radically different from anything Anselmo has done in quite some time. It’s black metal, something I didn’t really think I would ever see Anselmo doing, but it seems there’s very little he can’t do well. However, with the line up of the band, you can’t really expect anything else. The song has a very nice, fast momentum to it, and Phil can still drop a death growl with the best of them. It all sounds very sludge – like and brutal – exactly what you would want to hear from this style of music. “Clot” carries on in the same vain as “Dispatched, as the vocals are very impressive, and the guitar work here is particularly good. I think this is an explosion of a track and the same goes for the next track, “Crooked” another fantastic song that races along at a furious pace. Phil maintains high quality vocals throughout, the fifth track on this six-track EP, “Tactics, is where the band switches things up. It ends after a brief 1:51, making it the shortest track on the EP.  It’s an instrumental track that rages like an impending storm until the final track “Tear gas” kicks in. Again, the whole band here sounds very good with a sweet guitar solo in the middle, and a melodic pace in its second half that is a fantastic way to end an EP essentially filled with black metal.

Brutal. There are brutal symphonic elements, there are brutal crust elements, there is brutal speed, there is brutal fierceness, and brutally crushing qualities at every direction. From this offering, it’s seen that Scour is a nice side project that gives Phil the chance to still create music away from the eyes of everybody still annoyed by his recent actions. The music is very good and the band sounds amazing, this one is right up there with the best of them. Which is most likely why it has already gone to #4 on iTunes top 100 heavy metal albums (as of July 17th).

Phil will never stop being awesome, and this project definitely left me wanting more!

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Written by: Danielle Bates

Ratings  10/10


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