Today marks the official release day of Red, the blistering new EP from extreme metal supergroup SCOUR. SCOUR is the brainchild of Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index). Their latest manifestation serves as part two of a three-part EP series.
Overdrive Mag notes of the record, “Extreme is an understatement…So many twists and turns… Six tracks clocking in at sixteen minutes, you won’t know what hit you…” Spectrum Culture calls Red “evil,” and, “demonic,” adding, “SCOUR’s music and lyrics disorient by whirling around you like a tornado, never giving you time to breathe or find your bearings. It’s a blur of hyperspeed, blunt force violence.” Skulls ‘N’ Bones concurs, “they have the pedigree for not only excellence, but brutality down to the smallest detail,” while Metal Nexus champions a, “punishing, sixteen-minute mix of pure modern black metal with pulsating grind and thrash which will leave you ‘seeing red’ with an insatiable bloodthirsty appetite for more…”
Forged in 2015, SCOUR’s debilitating fusion of black metal, grindcore, and thrash made its debut with the ferocious single “Dispatched.” The band’s debut EP, Grey, was released the following year via Anselmo’s own Housecore label. Just before a crushing performance at Hellfest Open Air, which featured a cover of the Pantera classic “Strength Beyond Strength,” the band recorded their Red EP at Nodferatu’s Lair with Steve Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.) at the helm. The record was once again mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt, Khemmis) at Flatline Audio.