Roundtable Review: Scamp – The Deadcalm

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Release Date:  June 10th, 2014

Songs:  12 tracks, 1 hour

Genre:  Groove/Thrash metal

Studio Albums: Mirror Faced Mentality, 2008

Location:  Aarhus, Denmark

For fans of: Soilwork, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, Machine Head, In Flames


WarpRider – This is a delightfully riff-heavy album; a chair throwing experience that only happens in my mind because I don’t actually want to destroy anything of mine or that of my employer. But, in my mind I am in a vicious circle pit with a few people in my office and it’s getting pretty torn up. That would be kind of fun, really. Overall, I enjoyed the experience. This is a keeper. 3.5


RiffRaff (recently reclassified species of Atleastimhousebroken) – For some reason I have a hankering for some scampi…. OK, besides that, The Deadcalm by Scamp is pretty tasty, not as tasty as scampi, but still pretty good. More like some prawns. Bold, thick, and best served in some gumbo. Scamp’s metal gumbo is pretty good with a thick roux of groove metal stirred in with a thin stock of prog and a mirepoix of some other random ingredients like nu-metal, melo-deth, and deathcore. It’s a satisfying dish, but a steady diet of it could get flat. Best served with a nice chilled beer. 3.5


ScampIrmelinis – It’s easy to write this off thinking it’s another generic sounding tech-y metal band, but don’t. Give it a chance. These guys won “Debut album of the year” at the Danish Metal Music Awards and have opened for bands like Machine Head and Meshuggah with their extremely groovy, angry and catchy metal. It’s difficult to keep your feet firmly attached to the floor when the sharp, riff-packed melodies are faster and more fun than the wildest roller coaster, the drums feel like they are punching you right in the face (come on, get up and mosh!) and the singer’s brutal, fantastic screams go right into your heart. This fresh sounding album can compete with the best efforts from bands like Soilwork and In Flames, although it belongs in a slightly heavier league. Overall a great, long punch in the face! 4.0


ChristopherMammal – Let me get my breath back. The Deadcalm is an hour-long party, and a pretty wild one at that. Every part of me that bounces is still bouncing. There is depth and emotion on the album, yet it’s impossible not to smile while I listen to it. Scamp’s instrumentation and vocals create very modern metal variations of the root thrash style. I’ll risk a slap on the earhole and call it Jiggly Happy Metal. On the technical side, the latest model of the Vulcan cannon can fire 9,000 times a minute. The Vulcan design is based on Scamp’s riffing and percussion. 4.5

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.9


About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on July 9, 2014, in Album Reviews, News, Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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