SCARE are a band from Quebec City making some noise with their newest album Not Dead Yet, Probably… The third release for the band, this latest album is ten tracks of grindy, crusty hardcore. SCARE aren’t the most diverse band in the world, but if you’re a fan of groovy hardcore that’s extremely rough around the edges (that’s a compliment), then this is definitely an album worth checking out.
SCARE start things off with “Giorgio Was Right About Your Dad.” Don’t let the early 2000’s emocore song title fool you, this pummeling opener track has some serious grit to it. Moving on from there, we get to the Cancer Bats-esque “Full Amore,” a track whose hardcore/stoner hybrid beats you over the head from start to finish. I wish it had an easier song title, but my favourite tune on Not Dead Yet, Probably… is “Sorry I can’t tonight I’m too busy not dying.” The groovy bass riff that repeats throughout mixed with the shrill guitar lead just makes for an undeniably cool instrumental. Throw in some thrashing drums and brutal vocals and this song has a lot of replay value.
If I had to find a complaint about Not Dead Yet, Probably… it would be the album’s lack of variety. After ten tracks, it’s tricky looking back and trying to differentiate songs like “Madeira” and “Call me Mr. Pessimist.” The band’s vocalist Phil doesn’t exactly have the widest range in the world either. I think his barked, one-note delivery style of vocals fits the project well, but I could see it not being enough for everyone.
I really enjoyed this release from SCARE. Not Dead Yet, Probably… has all the grit and groove a fella like me could ask for. The album’s not going to blow anyone’s mind, but if you’re a fan of crusty hardcore, this is not an album to sleep on. And now, to sit and twiddle my thumbs until their record arrives and I get to take a look at that cool Kevin Martel artwork in person.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Mike Milito