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Leave Scars Chains Of Redemption Review

LEAVE SCARS
CHAINS OF REDEMPTION

MALEVOLENCE RECORDS/SPINAL RECORDS
Release Date: March 20th 2015

Annihilator Suicide Society

The debut album from Belgian old school metal band Leave Scars is a top way to start things off for the band, it's an album that I genuinely got into from start to finish upon first hearing it and even as time went by, the album still has that thing that keeps you wanting to hear it again and again. From the opening track "P.B.D." to the finality of "Taste In Blood", it's consistently good and leaves you feeling very optimistic for a second album.

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"Chains Of Redemptions" is not exactly a traditional thrash metal album in it's purest form. There are instances of modern metal that wouldn't be too far removed from a Lamb Of God album but these are subtle things that don't change the fact that it's a thrash album all the way. Old school metal is a more accurate description but again, the modern takes blended with a rawness to it makes the album stand out amongst a whole slew of thrash records that have been coming out in recent years. "Final Chance" is very Slayeresque with it's main riff but going back to the reference of Lamb Of God is a mid-section that deviates away from that classic style. The highlights though are songs like "Faceless" which is a must for a live aspect, the song built on a mighty groove that floats in and out of thrashier pockets. "Devil's Room" features a Raining Blood intro before heading into more punky thrash stuff while "Stay Down" is one of the strongest tracks with a very catchy chorus, another live song in the making.

On a more different approach is tracks like "Redemption" which takes a break from all the riffage and calms things down with a mellow instrumental guitar part. Less of a song maybe and probably more of an interlude, it's a starkly contrast to the follow-up in "The New Great Game" which features galloping riffs with political tones hovering over it. "People Lie" is one of the more faster songs and the whole thing ends with "Taste Of Blood" that slows it down slightly with a more mid-tempo beat. But again, the hook of the riffs is what keeps you listening from start to finish. It's a great album by a band that deserves some decent recognition with a fresh take on a classic genre.


TRACKLIST
P.B.D.
Final Chance
Faceless
People Lie
Chains
Redemption
The New Great Game
Devil's Room
Believe Is Gone
Stay Down
Taste Of Blood

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Review by Andrew "Schizodeluxe" Massie