Shadow Limb
Burn Scar
(2019)
Crank this to 9.2 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Doom, Sludge
Sounds Like:
ISIS, Mastodon, Sumac
Friday, October 25, 2019
Burn Scar the latest album from Shadow Limb is aptly titled for the foursome hailing from Paradise California which endured the worst wildfire in California history. The band delivers first full-length album and follow-up to their solid 2017 EP entitled The King is Dead. Yes this genre has become a bit over saturated with overbearing bellowing vocals, but Shadow Limb add some depth and variety to the mix.

Burn Scar does an excellent job mixing up tempos and contrast to make for some very powerful moments throughout. The highs and lows in vocal style between Roberts and Scarborough is poignant not only with the intense lyrical style but also on their guitar rhythm tradeoffs. We hear consistent progressive metal throughout with very intricate rhythms and melodies. All eight tracks are solid and will strengthen with each listen. From the intense opener in Asger Arisen to the very detailed undertaking in Maelstroms Rebirth the album sets the tone quite high and does not let up. You can feel the energy drain at the start of the closer in "Line of Descent" but kicks back in gear for a very powerful and eloquent ending.

Track Listing:
1. Asger Arisen (6:42)
2. Maelstroms Rebirth (7:19)
3. Watered Down Alby (4:38)
4. You Blew It (5:07)
5. Cry Off (4:30)
6. Cleanse Of Ire (6:20)
7. Rudiger, his name is not important (7:24)
8. Line of Descent (7:58)

Standout Track:
"Watered Down Alby" fucking kills it on all fronts. The ridiculous bass that remains the undercurrent throughout sets the tone. This song is quirky and we experience Shadow Limb really letting loose. We feel some distant Jesus Lizard influences and Crowbar attitude take hold. So many impressive change-ups and contrast bleed through this track. We can’t get enough of this track.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
While the fire victims relief beer titled Resilience was a big success and no longer available, we will recommend Sierra Nevada’s 9.6 triple IPA ‘Hoptimum’. A powerful punch perfect for the energy that encompasses ‘Burn Scar’ Flavorful hops, pushed beyond their limits and forged them into this all-new triple IPA. Sierra’s hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
9.2 out of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
8.8 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.1 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.2 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.8 out of 11

Originality
8.7 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.3 out of 11

Contrast
9.4 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.6 out of 11

Production Value
9.1 out of 11

Band Members:
Mike Crew - Bass
Dan Elsen - Drums
Chris Roberts - Guitar & Vocals
Adam Scarborough - Guitar & Vocals

Final Thoughts:
We have seen an onslaught of post-metal sludge. The crew of Shadow Limb deliver and authentic and heartfelt sound. The vocal variety and impressive song structure will make this one a nice mainstay in your collection of heavy.

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