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REVIEW: Scarve - The Undercurrent Listenable Records, 2007
7.5/10
Scarve - The Undercurrent - cover art French experimentalists Scarve recorded their fourth full-length album "The Undercurrent" under somewhat unusual circumstances. In the midst of the recording sessions vocalist Guillaume Bideau left the band to team up with the Danish act Mnemic. In order to finish the album they pulled in the Swede Lawrence Mackrory which was not at all a bad decision imo since I love his work on Darkane's debut album. He has a very unique voice and style of singing and his clean vocals work very well here alongside the growls of Pierrick Valence. While it can't be argued that Scarve have obvious musical relations to Swedish death / thrash metal bands like Soilwork and Darkane, they are far from as easy to absorb for the average listener. As with previous albums, "The Undercurrent" calls for attention and concentration and it's not really recommended to those of you who are just in for a healthy dose of headbanging.

The song structures of Scarve are complex but while they may seem chaotic at first they represent controlled chaos. The general atmosphere of the sound and powerful production courtesy of Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Darkane) and his Dug-Out Studios gives the album a strong industrial vibe. It is dense, thick and organic. Not entirely unique by today's standards but a solid and competent release performed with razor sharp precision that is recommended to fans of technical and intense metal in the vein of Strapping Young Lad and Meshuggah.

written by Vincent Eldefors

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Tracklist
1. Endangered
2. Imperceptible Armageddon
3. Senseless
4. The Plundered
5. Assuming Self
6. Fathomless Descent
7. A Few Scraps Of Memories
8. Rebirth

Playing time: 37.25

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