Released: 2005, Victory Records
As with all new trends, the rise of metalcore’s popularity has been matched by the vitriol with which its detractors denounce it. Well haters, allow me to introduce the latest band for you to attack, California’s Scars of Tomorrow. The band formed quite early in metalcore’s genesis – 2000 to be exact. Between then and 2002 the band released three albums, before disappearing just as metalcore rose to power with the likes of Killswitch Engage and Atreyu during 2003 – 2005. Now back after their absence, what does Scars of Tomorrow offer to fans?
Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that THE HORROR OF REALIZATION will be hated by most readers of this site – it is pure metalcore and nothing more. Fans of the genre will easily recognize and feel at home with the harsh/clean mix vocals, melodic leads, and groove structures. The band plays it well, but there is nothing on this disc to distinguish them from the glut of bands doing the exact same thing, and nothing to make non-fans into fans.
There are some catchy songs here, such as “The False Love in Lust” and “Murderers and Madmen”, but the bulk of the disc is just paint-by-numbers and forgettable. Three senseless atmospheric instrumentals drag down the album’s appeal even more.
I don’t hate metalcore by any means, but I don’t see any value being added to the genre with this release. It’s merely average, and there are far better samples of the genre available. Hardcore fans may be intrigued by the disc, but everyone else can just pass on by.