From The Shadows To The Fire
Australian metalheads craving for demonic thrash has been answered. Following two EPs and a demo album, Scar The Surface has arrived, providing a combination of brutal thrash and surreal melodies that could be Australia’s answer to In Flames.
For a ‘debut’ album, the Melbourne-based quintet have released a cohesive and perfectly produced record that retains a raw and impactful sound without feeling overdone. Whilst maintaining its explosive and heavy vibe, frontman Daniel White is able to mix heavy growls with clean harmonies, providing intense screams at the required times and leaving behind the overwhelming feeling many newcomers may steer clear of.
All of that aside, the true highlights of the album are the instrumental introductions. Songs like I, The Obscene and The Traveller Has Come throw you immediately into an incredible atmosphere that live fans dream of. Opening track, Ladotd, is another solid inclusion that reveals the potential Scar The Surface have and provides an interesting comparison between Daniel White and Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin. From The Shadows To The Fire won’t revolutionize the metal-scene but it is a fun listen for fans of the genre.