Life Of Scars – ‘When The Devil Walks In’   Leave a comment

Performing around Dallas Fort Worth and internationally, since the 90’s, Life Of Scars are a power trio, lifting reality from its hiding places and projecting it onto their music. This is a destined sound, honed over many years of experience, from which has sprung countless albums, including Hammer Witch, Demonseed and Hell Goat.

Having a significant wealth of live circuit appearances behind them, including a diverse spectrum of experience, from small venues, to support tours and opening for renowned bands, they each bring a collective mass of studio skills.

The debut album, ‘When The Devil Walks In’ is a fearless eye-opener, conveying a new and original signature, marking them out from the crowd. Within their interpretation of life is a relatable sound, applicable to your own inner world.

DWI Intro – Cutting intro, cloaked in darkness, as a sinister voice sets the scene, amidst creepy atmospherics and evil laughter.

When The Devil Walks In – A battery of drums opens, joined by hardened riffs and edgy vocals, depicting the lay of the land. Good use of voice distortion and change of pace and format, 3/4 in, as a more melodic slant takes over, temporarily, before the Dalek-like vocals return. It’s precise and focused.

With My Last Breath – High-speed drumming intro’s, adding excitement and a lighter sound, interlinking with the similar structures, as previously. A fairly Metallica-esque section, echoing the ‘Kill Em All’ era. Quite growly and intense, with monsterish vocal themes.

There’s No Coming Down – Strong beat introing, taking it into a similarly fast-paced arrangement. Has to be said, it’s very samey, lyrically and though it’s undoubtedly strong, performance wise, with a clear hard-lined approach, the vocals are very repetitive. Fading out on a well paced rhythmic riff, it does have definite crunch.

Just Because I Can – Speeding things up again, that’s probably its greatest strength, so far. Very little vocal change, though. Admittedly, the spoken word thread this is taking does limit opportunities for as much diversity, but it needs more variation injecting into it. A decent bit of whammy and vibrato in there, approximately 3/4 in, additional backing vocals support, till the definitive ending.

All Is Lost – A more enlivening pace intro’s. This heats things up a bit, adding a chasing theme, making good use of melodic riffage. Still the same repetitive vocal issue, rehashing the Dalek mode, but there is more riffage and that’s faultless. Good general structure and a pleasant lighter arrangement, slowing things down, till they pick up again. One thing that does stand out is the concentration and attention to detail that’s gone into this and that can only be a good thing. Reaching its conclusion, with a building anticipation, the track reaches its end.

Give Me A Reason – Instant drumming flurry intro’s. Again, those Dalek-esque vocals are unchanging. Yes, they’re passionate and yes, they’re well handled, but they’re just too repetitive and samey. All accompaniments are unquestionably proficient and I’m liking that whammy section, throwing in a bit more flavour and verve. The vocals, however, are increasingly boring and lacking that special ingredient.

Let There Be Darkness – Pleasantly heavy drum and riff intro. Still, the vocals are sticking rigidly, to the same repetitious formula. More enjoyable vibrato and some great riffing. It’s definitely more instrumentally powerful. The beat may be a bit monotone and bleak, but the delivery of the complex riffs definitely compensates.

Legacy Of Pain – Good strong bass heavy riff intro. That’s a decent start, well surrounded by the thunderous drums. Hitting a higher speed, it suddenly races along, with greater energy. It still doesn’t hit that spot, though. The riffs are certainly its biggest draw, rapidly followed by the drumming. Vocally, it needs some serious diversification. They just get jarring and irritating, after a while. ‘Whovian’ themes hugely overdone.

Overall – Instrumentally is where this shines. Taken alone, the accompaniments would win a higher score. Vocally, it’s unfortunate. Not out of poor delivery, as it’s inherently skilled, on that level, too, but simply on the basis of continuous samey repetition. Whilst spoken word vocals may be difficult to maintain, the jarring, unchanging fashion of these makes them unpalatable and lets down the rest of the production. As an instrumental, it would have worked. Sadly, it’s lyrically disappointing.

6/10 ******

For fans of Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Hamerex.

https://www.facebook.com/LifeOfScars/

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https:/www.metal-archives.com/artists/Wayne_Abney/82469

Official debut video link:

Music and videos:

https://cdbaby.com/
https://lifeofscars.bandcamp.com/releases
Also available on above website.

Phil Anselmo, Abney and ‘Scorched Earth Policy’, Warbeast with Wayne Abney – vocals, July 14th 2017:

Posted May 23, 2019 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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