||Description of genre is out of the question
here even though Scald
are at least metal, I think. The Irishmen's newest offering, Headworm,
is indeed a mind-boggling trip of sorts through sludge-infested fields
of doom, thrash, death, grindcore, punk, and ambience. Scald are experimental
to say the least, but also in a world of their very own (which is
nearly impossible to accomplish anymore). The beginning of the disc
was a slowly encompassing ambient piece (maybe I'll try the headphones
next time!) that sent me slightly dozing off. As soon as "Spindle"
(about 30 seconds in) came trodding along, I spilled my coffee because
I had the disc up so loud! Ha! Anyways, Scald caught me off guard.
As with much of the duration of "Headworm", these guys have
that tendency to let you feel at peace and then strip it away with
their extremities. If there were to be any comparisons, the closest
any bands come to these guys are maybe Godflesh or PanThyMonium. Scald
are far and away from those guys, though. Trying to review this even
gives me a headache, so just check it out for yourself if you're searching
for a new artistic angle of metal! 9 tracks and about an hour of psychedelic
mind music. Pretty decent, but need my coffee back....
Reviewed By: Thomas