March 2nd, 2010
Release length: 48:08
The firs thing you will notice while listening to Scorn will be how everything is set up to try to create the aforementioned haunting atmosphere. The music sounds somewhat raw, using some heavy distortions on the guitar that are expected, with music that ranges predominantly between mid to slow tempos. There are exceptions here and there such as the start of the track “No Compassion, No Regrets”, as well as various quickened pace moments throughout the album. But, the real grabber here is the vocals that sound as if they just came out low and muffled, and, to avoid going back in, they were simply raised to a very high audio level. Why the vocals are like this is flat out baffeling considering what clarity is used with the instruments. Infact, the vocals sound so muffled that it gets really irritating rather quickly. It’s obvious that this sort of effect was chosen to give off a nightmarish haunting feel to it, almost as if these vocals were from Hell, but sadly didn’t do well on the return trip. This concept is pretty obvious thanks to the Halloween sounding moans and howls that appear through the tracks in the background, especially the ending of “No Compassion, No Regrets” when it sounds like a million ghosts covered in white sheets are trying to scare you.
Luckily, the main driving point of the release isn’t necessarily the vocals, as the performances on many of the songs are few and far between. Much of the album is centered solely around the music, with “Dead End” being the only track on here that really hammers the vocals down your throat. This is great since the vocals on here are enough to give you a migraine. There’s no real complexity to the music, much of it is composed of rather simple music, sometimes changing up between slow, mid or fast paces. The best track off of here, shockingly, has to be the slow instrumental track “The Beyond” because of how well the song is done, and that it works with the style of writing that the band is using on this effort. The title track, “Scorn”, is also another great track that’s of a slower pace and actually works with the vocals, as well as much of “The Sickness Within”.
Scorn is one of those albums that could have been good, even with it’s rather simple music the earlier tracks featuring a good amount of tempo changes. Musically it’s a solid effort and one of the band’s better compositions. The only thing holding it back would be the vocals and the effect that was used on them. Only on the title track are these evenly tolerable, as the rest just start to really grind into your skull. If you’ve heard other Avsky releases and enjoyed them, then this is an album worth checking out. Just be warned that, at times, this release seems to be more of a Black Metal version of one of those haunting Halloween sound effect CDs you would pick up to scare the kiddies when they come knocking for a treat.
01. As The Mountains Collapse – 9:51
02. No Compassion, No Regrets – 9:27
03. Dead End – 8:49
04. The Beyond (Instrumental) – 3:19
05. Scorn – 7:00
06. The Sickness Within – 9:45
|Overall Score: 4/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Moribund Records.