Scythe are a band from Chicago, Illinois that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style that combines black, thrash and speed metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Subterranean Steel" which was released by Primitive Reaction.
"Leather Aggressor" begins with a spoken word sample before going into drums and old school thrash style guitar riffs which leads to some blackened thrash screams and death metal growls then going into a more mid paced direction before speeding up again which then leads to the music switching back and forth between mid paced and fast parts as well as slowing down for awhile and bringing in some powerful bass playing and adding melody in the guitar riffing and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar leads.
"Monarch" begins with some heavy old school metal guitar riffs, bass and drums which lead to some deep growls and high pitched screams and the song stays more in the slow and mid paced directions and a few minutes the music speeds up for a few seconds and brings a guitar solo into the mix.
"Subterranean Steel" begins with some slow guitar riffs, drums and Hellhammer style grunts before going into some high pitched black metal screams and as the song moves on the riffs get more diverse as well as mixing in some deep growls which leads to a faster direction along with some blast beats and after awhile there is a brief guitar lead being utilized which also leads to some powerful bass guitars and heavier riffs.
"October Dies" begins with some mid paced guitar riffs and drums which lead to some high pitched screams before slowing down and adding in some dark vocals briefly as well as some deep growls and after awhile it goes into a more mid paced direction and brings in some melody to the guitar riffing and then t he music starts switching back and forth between slow and mid paced parts and the song closes with bell sounds.
"The Grunting Dead" begins with some heavy death metal style guitar riffs and powerful drums which lead to some high pitched screams and deep growls which in return brings thrash elements to the song and after awhile the music slows down and the guitar riffs start utilizing some melody and towards the end there is a brief use of blast beats and chaotic guitar leads.
"The Bray Beast" begins with some heavy guitar riffs and drums which are followed by a grunt that evolves into high pitched screams while also keeping around the grunts and then the song speeds up a bit while sticking mostly to slow and mid paced parts as well as bringing in some melodic elements as well as some deep growls.
"Beyond The Northwoods" begins with some heavy guitar riffs and drums and then the song speeds up and brings in some blast beats and blackened death metal vocals which then lead to the song going more into a mid paced direction as well as switching back and forth between slow, mid paced and fast and towards the end the guitars start utilizing some sound effects as well as the bass guitars getting heavier and th e song closes with a spoken word sample.
"Nights Of Terror" begins with some fast old school speed metal guitar riffs and drums which lead to some screams and growls and a few seconds later there is a brief use of guitar leads before switching back and forth between mid paced and fast parts.
"Thunder Hammer" begins with some dark guitar riffing and drums which lead to some grunts and after awhile dark spoken word parts become a part of the song and as the song moves on growls and screams make their presence known as well as a brief use of guitar solos and leads and the song closes with some fast riffing and blast beats.
Song lyrics cover horror, supernatural and occult themes, while the production has a very dark, heavy, powerful and old school sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Scythe and if you are a fan of t his musical genre, you should check out t his album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Leather Aggressor" "Subterranean Steel" "The Bray Beast" and "Nights Of Terror". RECOMMENDED BUY.