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The Scare

The Scare: Snakes Among SaintsSnakes Among Saints (2006)
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I would love it if somebody could explain to me the fixation on blood that so many new bands seem to have. Not that I counted or anything, but the Scare's new EP Snakes Among Saints has more mentions of blood than the record does minutes. 11, just to give you a small insight into the fixation th.


I would love it if somebody could explain to me the fixation on blood that so many new bands seem to have.

Not that I counted or anything, but the Scare's new EP Snakes Among Saints has more mentions of blood than the record does minutes. 11, just to give you a small insight into the fixation that I already referred to. This morbid fascination finds its way into all the lyrics, with additional talk of dying, angels, and other allusions to the end of life.

As you may imagine, the music largely matches the themes behind it. While I won't lie to you and say they don't have some extremely catchy rhythms, I would in fact be lying to you if I said the majority of the content here isn't completely vapid and devoid of any sort of creativity. The band's vocalist could have a good thing going if he were to stick to the style of delivery displayed on the opening track, "We Don't Worship the Devil, He Worships Us," where the clear but frantic hardcore delivery is a match made in heaven for the back-and-forth rhythms being played underneath. The trouble comes when he drops the shout, and starts the sing. Nasal doesn't really cover things, as that vocal assault on all things good and decent completely overrides any positive strides the band had previously made.

Not that there were many to begin with.

There's only so many ways one band can repackage the very same song, and even on an EP, an 11-minute one at that, there's recurring instances and recurring riffs. This shouldn't happen on a full-length, let alone something with not even half the run time of a half-hour TV show. But I guess knowing the lyrics, recycling could be a strong theme in the album anyhow.

All the bloody, bleeding, dying deaths of mortal angels will eat this record up; the rest will probably not even have an appetite.

 


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farha (March 29, 2007)

if this is the austrailian band then they kick ass i met them n theyr gawjuss the 2 man mosh pit roked :D
im seein them @ the manchester roadhouse on the 20th april :O
xcitin!!!!
x x x x x x x x x x

Anonymous (November 5, 2006)

I dig this album. I mean, I'm more of an Affront kinda guy, but it's still ill.

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

Hmm, I've heard a lot of mixed things about this band. MRR said they were pretty decent sounding along the lines of old AFI with Milo-esque vocals. Though here they are getting torn apart, but can't say that doesn't surprise me. Guess I'll have to check them out on pure volume or myspace or wherever bands post MP3s these days.

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

-BizzleBrizzle

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

I've seen this band and I'll tell you what they sound like:

a weak mix of street punk with melodic hardcore/90s skate punk, it's pretty awful.

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

You think it's a new fixation that bands have with blood and shit? How old are you?

Ever heard of TSOL? Samhain? The Damned, the Misfits?

References to death don't count as "allusions" - allusions to previous bands, artists, or films - anything specific is an allusion. (example - dashes like this - are an allusion to Dickinson)

I've seen them a few times. What riffs are re-occuring?

I agree about the lyrical recycling but otherwise, I think you hastily probably judged the book by its cover

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

Nah, the scare doesn't rock " that trite nu-emo/hardcore bullshit" with their lyrics.

It's like melodic hardcore, with kind of a horror twist.

It also isn't a " trite tactic of overdoing blood/death imagery." They aren't like Deicide or anything

Have you even heard them? Seen 'em live?

If not, why are you saying 'trite' so many times?

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

"LOL opinions are like assholes and most of them stink. The great thing about punknews is that you can critique the review. This review doesn't give you any insight of what this band sounds like, just that the reviewer ain't down with death and doesn't appreciate dark imagery and the subtleties behind it. People take shit too literal and don't stop to think about what's really being said. The Scare fucking rule. The shits fast catchy punk rock with a dark edge (duh). And the dudes in the band are solid though I'm sure they'd get a kick out of internet slander calling them full of themselves. Also the split they did with Devotion To Trust is pretty sick if you like the more hardcore side of things."

Hey, fuckwit, just because someone insults the fact that this band uses the trite tactic of overdoing blood/death imagery doesn't mean they can't appreciate the band's "subtleties." Without listening to the band, I can say that if they do that trite nu-emo/hardcore bullshit with their lyrics constantly, it's not worth the time spent to play it. There are too many bands writing that crap right now, just like they are too many bad pop-punk bands writing incredibly generic songs about girls.

Anonymous (October 29, 2006)

LOL opinions are like assholes and most of them stink. The great thing about punknews is that you can critique the review. This review doesn't give you any insight of what this band sounds like, just that the reviewer ain't down with death and doesn't appreciate dark imagery and the subtleties behind it. People take shit too literal and don't stop to think about what's really being said. The Scare fucking rule. The shits fast catchy punk rock with a dark edge (duh). And the dudes in the band are solid though I'm sure they'd get a kick out of internet slander calling them full of themselves. Also the split they did with Devotion To Trust is pretty sick if you like the more hardcore side of things.

Anonymous (October 29, 2006)

i remember when saves the day had meaningless violent lyrics, remember when saves the day was cool? that's how old that gimmick is.

Anonymous (October 29, 2006)

that review was written by one of their friends, or at least someone who let them sleep on their floor.

this band blows.

and they are kind of full of themselves.

Anonymous (October 29, 2006)

Eh. . .much better review here:

www.scenepointblank.com/reviews/925

Anonymous (October 29, 2006)

i thought this was the emo band from Australia.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

I'm still waiting for someone to review the new albums from Death Before Dying, Bleeding Bloody Blood, Fighting Through With Visions of Blood, and Triumph Through Victory.

TTV's new record, "The Struggle of the Fight, the Finish of the End" was pretty rad.

BizzleBrizzle (October 27, 2006)

I saw this band open for Strike Anywhere, it was pretty bad.

dakotacore (October 27, 2006)

Score is for two different reviews with the word "devoid" in them.

MikeStupid (October 27, 2006)

"I would love it if somebody could explain to me the fixation on blood that so many new bands seem to have."

It's because blood-themed lyrics are deep and meaningful. You've clearly never felt real pain, so you wouldn't understand.

eyeslikebombs (October 27, 2006)

I'm sure you already know this, but the reason for all the blood, angels, death and blades is because needlessly violent imagery is what passes for lyrical content now.

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