Album Review: Evil Scarecrow – “Galactic Hunt”
On their third album ‘Galactic Hunt’, Evil Scarecrow have done something unusual.
With precious few exceptions, bands who rely so heavily on humour use up all their funny bits in the first record which makes the following albums a let down when it turns out the music isn’t actually that good. Evil Scarecrow have managed to buck that trend and retain the funny while simultaneously progressing in leaps and bounds with their music. Their masterful control of the art of the metal song and their obvious love of the genre means that they lampoon many metal tropes without you even realising it on first listen. ‘Frankingsteins Mirror’ (sic) for example, has lyrics that, on closer inspection only a fool would take seriously but if you’ve listened to some of the more ridiculous black metal bands you wouldn’t be sure.
Obviously it’s not always subtle, the fantastic pounding riffs of ‘Crabulon’ are interjected with some ridiculous dialogue, ‘The Book Of Doom’ begins with a bit a spoken word section that’s almost guaranteed to make you shoot coffee out your nose (or tea – depending on your preferred beverage, hell it could be hot chocolate or maybe even – erm- Bovril … do people still drink Bovril?) and ‘End Level Boss’ contains the fantastic refrain “God, I wish I’d saved!”.
But the genius lies within the music itself. Evil Scarecrow are scarily accomplished musicians who, if it wasn’t for their penchant for the ridiculous, would be heralded as geniuses. Their habit of occasionally throwing in what can only be described as musical puns among the riffage is something that only shows how brilliant they actually are. Having Russ Russell handle production duties has done them no damage either.
An album that is hilarious as it is heavy is not any easy feat to pull off, but with 'Galactic Hunt' Evil Scarecrow have done just that.