SCORPION CHILD – ACID ROULETTE (2016)
Release Date: 10 June 2016
℗ 2016 Nuclear Blast
- She Sings I Kill
- Reaper’s Danse
- My Woman In Black
- Acid Roulette
- Winter Side Of Deranged
- Twilight Coven
- Blind Man’s Shine
- Moon Tension
- Tower Grove
- Might Be Your Man
Band Members: Aryn Jonathan Black, Christopher Jay Cowart, Jon “The Charn” Rice, Alec Caballero Padron, Aaron John “AJ” Vincent
There is so much to this incredible album. A brilliant homogenization of sound and influence. Fantastic musically, but so much more. Elements hidden from view and conscious perception. You feel the presence of components that are, for the time being, indefinable. Escaping conscious identification, but you can sense their presence throughout.
So many thrilling sounds from the 70’s to the contemporary, blended together to conjure up something truly remarkable. She Sings I Kill opens with a reverberating and hypnotic beckoning into an altered state, then a hauntingly malevolent guitar before Aryn covers vocals synonymous with punk rock, progressive metal and 70’s rock might with his delivery, all in the first line. Just pick your favourite rock genre and enjoy because Scorpion Child have them all covered, but afforded a brilliantly innovative edge. Heavy, heavy guitar impact, magnificent percussive control and hooks you will have real trouble recovering from.
Reapers Dance is thoroughly brilliant. The introductory riffage and drums beckon you forward with their incredible appeal, immediately before the rhythm and vocal delivery increase the attraction exponentially. You cannot control the urge to follow, and to enjoy this track. As much appeal as I presume it would take for the reaper to lead us to our final rest, and have us follow willingly. Musically just killer stuff, but so much more hidden from view.
My Woman In Black alters the pace marginally, but with an introduction that surely would be the choice of a Pied Piper of people, as we are helpless to resist. It’s about now that you realise this sensation sound must have been captured by way of live studio performance. The deliveries are so powerful and cohesive. Again, such brilliant unification of styles to create an irresistible sound, right down to the sensational vocal delivery from Aryn. With all the respect I can muster for the previous band members, the installation of Charn, Mexecutioner, and AJ has certainly been essential in the crafting and development of this sensational new sound.
Acid Roulette alters the scenery for us and you find yourself lured into a dreamscape by melodic lure, and most appropriately so. After all, the seasonal sectioning of our central protagonist’s unfortunate demise, is in fact the direct result of Aryn’s cerebral travels whilst at rest in the arms of Morpheus. Lyrically and musically afforded by an almost inexplicable sensation of ephemerality. The appeal of the music reaches a point where you feel almost uncomfortably helpless to resist.
Séance, accompanied by the scratch of a record on turntable, is exactly as described. I’ll leave that one to the individual listener to explore…if you dare delve further.
Following the power and hard rock appeal of Twilight Coven, we are aurally slapped with Survives. What? Why? Where the fuck did that come from? But what a sensational addition to this remarkable collection, with a mellow, well-worn piano at the fore and a vocal delivery more Queen than previous offerings, but magnificent drum and guitar are introduced in piecemeal slicing’s and the track soars into majesty. Brilliant.
Blind Man’s Shine appropriately lead us back into a trance-like state of enjoyment as Scorpion Child further demonstrate the unbelievable blending of sounds familiar, that is now made manifest in musical mastery and a sound all their own. Just sensational.
Moon Tension increases the malevolence, instrumentally and vocally but then softens into a more 80’s glam metal esque sound. Just when you’re getting comfortable with that twist, Scorpion Child blast you into the stratosphere yet again with their brilliant sound. The riffs, the hooks, the amalgamation. Just amazing. Tower Grove takes us back more than a few years with the riffs but with a fresh, fast and powerful contemporary edge, and vocals that will make you search for the lyrics and blast along in lounge room accompaniment to Aryn.
The introduction to Might Be Your Man provides timely reminder us where this magnificent collection was conceived. The land of dreams is refreshed at the fore and then Scorpion Child blow us away with another sensationally powerful track and the irresistible urge to play it again now. Right NOW.
Addictions is a brilliant finale to the story, the album, the sensations elicited and the inferences drawn. Then you cannot help but commence the journey all over again. The hooks are in. Just like an addiction, you enjoy the experience of this sensational track, but the unescapable feeling that you are not getting the full ‘hit’ from the prior tracks, leads you back into the album for more. A true masterstroke of production. The crashing, calming two and a half minutes of waves on shore will only preempt the undertow that drags you back into the album.
The only down side of this extraordinary album is the anticipation. The arduous wait until an opportunity arrives to hear this album live. Every note, every lyric, every chant, every track. The very concept of hearing this remarkable collection from end to end, live in concert is scarcely comprehensible, moreover endurable. Bucket list here cometh the pen.