It’s hard not to love Scion. After all they’ve done for us and they’re still showering us in gifts, the latest being a free EP from everybody’s favourite death-thrashers Revocation. Teratogenesis is set for release on the 25th of September and will be available as a free download through Scion’s media page (where you can also find free releases by Wormrot and Enslaved amongst others), with the title track being our first taster.
Naturally, it’s a face-melter. The riffs are furious, the drums are pummeling and the second half the track even degenerates into a moody downtempo stomp that could’ve easily been written by a band like Gojira. You shouldn’t need anymore convincing as these guys are very well respected in the blogosphere/IMN training camp, but if for whatever reason Revocation haven’t quite made themselves known to you, now would be a good time to catch up. The always awesome MetalInjection has the stream!
Black Breath‘s Sentenced To Life has been one of those albums that initially got lost in the noise of the early releases this year. However as the smoke has cleared and a lot of the bigger names have stepped aside, it’s become somewhat of a hidden gem, full of crunchy and crusty riffs and hugely infectious ‘shout-a-longs’. So given Scion’s track record so far, it’s not surprising that they also picked up on this criminally underrated slab of Entombed-core and whilst it’s not the in-depth masterpiece that graced the recent Atlas Moth video, the rough around the edges veneer it takes on suits the track perfectly and does justice to the ‘No Sleep ‘Til Death‘ mentality that seems to surround the album.
I seriously have to wonder how much money Scion are throwing into these bands and videos. Surely they can’t be making much of a return? However, with the recent announcement of this year’s Scion Fest it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. And as for Nick Frost? Well it was the first comment on the Youtube page and now I can’t un-see it, it’s literally uncanny.
Any new Melvins material is a good thing, but when it’s free? Well that’s just the start of a great day really. After their collaboration last year with a video for ‘Electric Flower‘, Scion has once again backed the Melvins and released their brand new EP The Bulls & The Bees free to download.
I’d love to hate Scion, I really would — I mean companies with large amounts of money putting their brand name on metal releases!? That’s like the complete antithesis of what metal should be about. But when it’s done like this; with free releases from some pretty revered bands, great shows and minimal advertising surrounding it all — it’s looking like a really great prospect. The Bulls & The Bees is testament to that and whilst there’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ Melvins release, this is certainly in line with the winning streak that the band have been on for the last few years. In tandem with the release comes a video for the leading track from the EP, ‘The War On Wisdom‘, and it’s cheesey premise works pretty well for what is essentially a more ‘upbeat’ Melvins track. With this and their upcoming full length Freak Puke, 2012 looks set to be a good year.