Scumsters, what a name. Just had to put that front a centre. I just love it. For those who don’t know this is the new band from Alex Terrible, the lead singer of deathcore band Slaughter to Prevail and popular YouTube vocalists.
If you were coming into this band off of your knowledge of Alex Terrible and his previous work then you’ll get a big surprise. It’s less guttural destruction and more disturbing Manson-esque. It matches the music so well though. Green Tone lets you know straight away that Scumsters is going to dive into new territory. It’s slower, more industrial combining simple riffs and head nodding drumming with big open choruses. Terrible’s vocals drive their way deep into your brain when the choruses hit in songs like Anthem and I Need Your Love. It is addictive. You’ll be hearing those melodies all day and night.
It’s no surprise that the world of nu-metal is making a return seeing as all those kids that thrived in the early 2000s are now deep in the nostalgia closet. Number One Bullshit and Cyka Blyat create a nu metal sound for the modern era. Scumsters use those big chuggy riffs alongside hip hop rhythms to create a bounce that is reminiscent of headbanging to the likes of Slipknot and Korn. There are plenty more songs like this later in the album as Silence of The Lambs, Endgame and Freedom bridge the gaps till a very climatic ending.
However, I must say the stand out tracks aren’t the big heavy affairs. Instead it falls to Follow Me and Stay. These songs a dripping in grungy juices. Follow Me brings in a nasty grunge chorus and oddly calming verse that makes one for brilliant comparison. Stay is a different beast all together. Acoustically miserable and melancholic. A real grey and thoughtful song that brings the mood down in all the right ways.
The end song, F#ck All Who Don’t Believe in Me, leaves one finally, lasting impression in the form of a hardcore clash of chaos and anger. This is that climax I mentioned earlier. To end the album with this after swerving in between the worlds of offset alt addictiveness and groovy nu-metal vibes is a stroke of mad genius. You sure as hell won’t be forgetting it in an instance.
Alex Terrible maybe most popular for his YouTube vocal covers and deathcore band Slaughter to Prevail but Scumsters has opened a whole new musical dimension. Scumsters is refreshing even though it takes a whole lot of inspiration from late 90s and early 00s metal / alternative. Riffs, addictive choruses, several gut punching moments and a vocal range that shows off a whole new side to Mr Terrible makes this one of the most surprising albums of 2018.