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irradiate - 85%

AtteroDeus, June 11th, 2004

While I don't think that the label of "industrial death/thrash" quite fits the sound that Scarve manage to evoke on this album, it's pretty much as close as you're going to get.

Some songs, like the opener 'Mirthless Perspectives', sound at least to me like how the Swedes SHOULD have been making their take on "melodic death metal" as opposed to the spineless power-wank being peddled by the likes of Arch Enemy & Soilwork. Yet the next song sounds almost like a death metal band with a heavy Meshuggah-stylized influence, and so on further down the tracklisting. This adds to an almost subliminal sense of anticipation where the listener isn't quite sure which direction the next song is going to head.

Admittedly that last sentance isn't quite meant in the same context as the likes of Ephel Duath or other such bands that go off on abstract tangents far greater than Scarve, but more of a way of highlighting the sense of anticipation and happiness when that direction makes itself clear, when you listen to 'Irradiant'.

This no doubt makes it an album that only people that actually bother to open their minds to bands that like to be different will find appealing, and all those dimwits that overly use the word 'true' will not.

'Hyperconscience' has an ever-spiralling rhythmic groove over the powerhouse drummer of Dirk Verbeuren (currently flavour of the month it seams, regarding session drummers - see Aborted and Soilwork). The surprisingly melodic track 'The Perfect Disaster' is both complex and accessible, and after bursting into a hyperactive blast with 'Molten Scars' (featuring Defleshed's Gustaf Jorde), Scarve stretch their legs on two very impressive and more extensive, prog metal excursions to wrap things up