Evil Scarecrow has really been carving a legend over the years. I remember seeing them in a small club playing to about 30 people back in 2009, and they were such a fun band with a wholly different aesthetic that I was an instant fan. Their blend of humour and great musicianship has led their career on an upward path ever since, repeatedly playing the massive Bloodstock festival to increasing crowds! With their new crowdfunded album “Galactic Hunt” the band is on fire, with a focussed sound and tons of heaviness.
“Excelsior Mali Formidi” starts off the album with an orchestral introduction to the album. Foreboding choirs, tense sounds and building atmosphere leads into “Rise” which has awesome guitar melodies that sound really evil. This track has a powerful sound, with best vocals I’ve heard from the band (so far). Brother pain on fire here too with a fantastic guitar solo.
“Space Dementia” is one of the heaviest tracks, chunky riffs meeting some really deep guttural vocals and twisting keyboard sounds. “Galacticus” Starts off clean, building atmosphere with eerie sounding chords and softer drums before slamming into the main riff with a kind of doomy style yet more aggressive in sound and attitude.
We get tread to a bit of the old-school evil scarecrow with “Crabulon” now. To me this one is reminiscent of stuff like “Robototron” from their somewhat earlier days. This is a bit more focussed though with a really cool chorus. Having seen live video of this, this has been a massive hit and a song that would make it well worth catching these guys on the road again. This is a song done well with some good humour too.
Next up, “Frankingstein’s Mirror” is a cool track with lots of different moments that make it a bit more dynamic, with another blistering chorus. “Book Of Doom” opens with an insane sounding spoken word section over some cool clean guitars. The song picks up in heaviness right away and delivers a track with really powerful sounding riffs and ideas, with references to old school horror movies.
“Dance Of The Cyclops” starts off with some accordion grooves with what feels like a kind of circus theme to the song, in a sort of demonic waltz in 3/4. This one offers a different sound to the album, and is worth a listen for that.
We get a full on heavy track in “End Level Boss” with some title-appropriate 8bit style sounds throughout. “Flight Of The Dragons” begins with sombre sounding choirs and clean guitar playing. This song again proves the bands songwriting skills have come a long way, with great build ups and a well thought out structure throughout, and some cool clean vocals for a change as well!
“When Moses Goes Wrong” has some interesting dynamics, with slower heavier moments meeting the bands more typical speed laden material. “Enter The Knightmare” has references to the classic children’s game show Knightmare which is pretty cool, and the band amps up the heaviness here to finish the album on a great and powerful note.
The production is the best I’ve heard from the band, with the instruments gelling really well. There are heavy guitars, hard hitting drums and a fantastic vocal production mixed with some well-done synths and choir effects. The bass feels a little diminished but the songs as a whole really make up for this, and it kind of suits the black metal aesthetic.
Once again, I don’t really like to do the whole track-by-track thing too much any more, but “Galactic Hunt” is an album so good I felt it kind of needed that treatment really. This is easily their strongest work to date, and Evil Scarecrow has matured their sound without losing their identity and great sense of humour.
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Once again, I don’t really like to do the whole track-by-track thing too much anymore, but “Galactic Hunt” is an album so good I felt it kind of needed that treatment really. This is easily their strongest work to date, and Evil Scarecrow has matured their sound without losing their identity and great sense of humour.