Scourge are a band from Brazil that plays a mixture of death, black and war metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Hate Metal" which will be released by Greyhaze Records.
Thunder and rain sounds start off the album and a few seconds alter evil sounding synths are added onto the album along with some black/death metal growls and screams which leads up to a more brutal sounding death metal direction along with some technical elements.
The vocals seem to be equally influenced by both death and black metal and the music has an old school feeling that goes back to the mid 80's and early 90's along with the guitar leads having the more morbid ancient style and the band also utilizes a good amount of blast beats along with the music also incorporating a good amount of melody.
The band also brings in clean playing and spoken word ritualistic parts on some of their songs as well as adding in some of the more old school Brazilian black and death metal influences into t heir music and the war metal elements do show up in the faster sections of the music while the main element is still death metal, one of the tracks has Wagner Antichrist of Sarcofago doing some back up vocals and alter on the recording the bass guitars start to sound more powerful and you can also hear some thrash elements being added into to brutal approach to extreme metal and they also bring in a brief use of acoustic guitars on a couple of their songs before returning to a heavier direction.
Scourge take the old school Brazilian death metal sound and updates it with a more war like blackened metal approach to make the music sound more modern, the production is very powerful and heavy sounding and the lyrics cover Occultism, Anti Religion and Hateful themes.
In my opinion Scourge are a very decent sounding mixture of death, war and black metal and if you a re a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Bread That God Crushed" "The Ancient Ritual Of The Dead" and "Hate Metal". 8 out of 10.