Hailing from the home of chocolate and cheese, Switzerland’s Scars Divide are extremely new on the scene and it’s hard to know what to expect when you have no reference point.
You know that feeling you get when you find a tenner on the floor? Listening to this EP for the first time feels a bit like that.
Formed in May 2013 from the remnants of numerous other Swiss metal bands, Scars Divide’s previous band experience is evident from the song writing displayed on their self titled EP.
There are chuggy and thrashy riffs, typical of turn-of-the-century metalcore, slower post metal chords that meander like a river in the countryside before crashing over a waterfall of groove-laden progressive sections. These subgenres aren’t mixed together often and that’s exactly why it works so well. Scars Divide isn’t totally left-field but it is slightly different from almost everything out there at the moment.
The six track release doesn’t have ultimately polished production but it is definitely satisfactory. The snare drum could do with a bit more snap but the bass guitar sits comfortably in the mix, the guitars are clear and the vocals are audible without being overpowering. If you were to listen to this after Asking Alexandria for example, it would sound incredibly low budget but the ever-so-slight muddiness adds to the underground feel of the record.
Scars Divide‘s début EP makes you want to mosh, headbang and break stuff but also contains sections that would be the perfect soundtrack to a homeless guy sat beside a lake in the rain, reflecting on how his life turned upside down.
It isn’t often that bands come along out of nowhere and tick all of the right boxes, but Scars Divide are one of them and the fantastically fresh-sounding metal of their self titled EP is 100% proof.