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The Scourger - Blind Date With Violence
The Scourger is a thrash metal five-some that hail from metal-nation Finland, where they have already done their damage. Top position in the Finnish single chart and beating Slayer in that same chart with their Maximum Violence single later in the year. Now they are ready to deliver the world a Blind Date With Violence.
 
From that intro you can already tell that this band has made a big impact on the Finnish metal scene. Containing ex-members of other Finnish bands like Gandalf, The Wake and Divine Decay, this band is out to destroy and conquer. And that’s just how they sound. Ferocious thrash attacks with the occasional relentless breakdown accompanied by a harsh screaming voice and skull crushing drums are in abundance on this disc.
 
Although their thrash sounds very Scandinavian, the vocalist somehow reminds me of The Agony Scene at times. He does fit the music perfectly, and I must say that I quite enjoy the album overall. The nine tracks offer some interesting hooks, nothing really original of course. The band able to do that with thrash metal deserves a Nobel prize or something. Perhaps an Oscar even. But the thing is that I have difficulties sitting still while listening to Blind Date With Violence, and that’s just what thrash metal should provoke.
 
This version of the album contains seven bonus tracks besides the nine official ones, that are a nice addition to the album. We have two covers, Slayer’s ‘Ghosts Of War’ (please never cover Slayer and put it on your album) and Testament’s ‘Over The Wall’. Then there also are three live tracks that really capture the energy of the band and two extra tracks. Add all of this together and you have yourself a highly enjoyable thrash release. To say that we have a new sensation upon us is a bit early for me, but time will show us what The Scourger has in store for us. For now, if you’re planning a blind date, make sure it is one with violence.
The Scourger - Blind Date With Violence
82/1001Details Stay Heavy Records/Cyclone Empire
Released on Friday Oct 6th, 2006
Thrash metal

Writer @DemonDust on Monday Oct 16th, 2006

Tags: #The Scourger
Tracklisting 01. Decline Of Conformity / Grading:Deranged
02. Hatehead
03. Maximum Intensity
04. Enslaved To Faith
05. The Oath & The Lie
06. Chapter Thirteen
07. Pain Zone
08. Exodus Day
09. Feast Of The Carnivore
10. Ghosts Of War (Slayer cover)
11. Over The Wall (Testament cover)
12. The Greediness
13. Black Worms
14. Grading:Deranged (Live at Tuska 2006)
15. Maximum Intensity (Live at Tuska 2006)
16. The Oath & The Lie (Live at Tuska 2006)
Line up Jari Hurskainen - vocals
Timo "Stig Evil" Nyberg - guitar
Jani "ThrashMan" Luttinen - guitar
Kimmo Kammonen - bass
Seppo Tarvainen - drums