Beyond Salvation - Scarbearer: Review
Words: Phil Weller
A polished, precise and pummelling EP of death tinged metalcore, Beyond Salvation's latest release is one that flexes the muscles of their song writing craft.
Drawing from an Anglo-American sound, where the heavy, abrasive end of Trivium's sound collides with the British light and dark of bands like Sylosis, Scarbearer's blend of thrash, death and metalcore always seems to spin from one to another at the right monents, keeping your attention rapt.
The first release with new guitarist Arum Kamath, there is a solidness to these tracks which shows a band full of confidence and belief, comfortable with their musical identity. Dead To Me drags headbang worthy breakdowns to its forefront, its title bellowed out with a catchy aggressiveness whilst Downfall at just over seven minutes, shows their more adventurous side. Here, we see an array of textures weaved together, from haunted clean guitars and melancholic pianos to brash and brutal distorted guitar attacks and is many ways the crowning moment of the record. However, it's when the band are more straightforward, their focus locked in on a merciless and punching succinctness that they really ring true. Savaged wastes no time in launching its driving riffs and firsty hooks at you after its classic thrash metal intro and, complete with ripping solos and some impressive individual performances from vocalist Jon Pedley and drummer Simeon Moore becomes the song you'll want to keep revisiting.
Scarbearer raises a middle finger towards those who believe underground music means lesser quality. Ultimately, this is a professional record, executed with an established and energetic prestige that could stand up against any modern metal band releasing music in 2019.