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Year Of The Cicada
Released: 2016, Indie
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
I was very late to deal with this EP and that’s my mistake my friends; and that’s what I exactly mean.
SCANDAL is the first EP by a new band with members from Greece and the U.K. YEAR OF THE CICADA shows its teeth and claws claiming a piece of the European heavy metal pie! What we ‘ve got here, is a 4 – track bloody heavy and dark rock’n’roll or simply heavy rock as only Black Sabbath, Mastodon, High on Fire and Rotting Christ (yes, of course!!!) has only have sought. Opener track “Year of the Cicada” and the closer one, “Stillwater Servant” are small gems here. These tracks are the band’s introduction to the world of doom, heavy rock and especially all the fans of the above bands. “Erinys” and “Motorbreath” is another style of metal, darker and primitive with a little of ambient within.
Skandal may not be doing anything drastically new here but they don't really need to, they succeed in giving us a great metal album. YEAR OF THE CICADA as a whole, aggressively illustrates that the band still deserves its place at the top of underground metal’s food chain. This small bunch of tracks feels more like a collection of tightly crafted songs, spanning the stoner metal spectrum from atmospheric doom to fast-paced Motörhead-inspired heavy rock!
This four-piece rock gun burns hard, but it’s searching for an attitude adjustment that could make the flames grow higher.
1. Year Of The Cicada
4. Stillwater Servant
Giorgos - Vocals + Bass
Alex - Drums
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