Let's be up front about Sinocence's enhanced version of Scar Obscura: there's little value here. The 2009 release was a vital and entertaining modern heavy metal album. But this subsequent 'special edition' is a superfluous diversion. The extras are a video about the album, a photo gallery, and a link to their web site. Am I missing something? Maybe so, but I don't thinks so.
Nevertheless the good thing about this 'special edition' is that Sinocence might reach a new audience. And they deserve it. Scar Obscura is exciting heavy metal, a solid and exciting combination of old school meets new school with elements of thrash, power, melodic, and modern metal. If I need to be more clear: Scar Obscura is a fine work deserving your attention. However, this presentation smacks of pure commercialism. But if this is the only version you can get of Sinocence's Scar Obscura, then I say go for it. You will not be disappointed.
The score on this review is based on the merits of music, not the packaging. Listen for Perfect Denial, God Complex, Art of Separation, and Scar Obscura and you will pleased. Recommended.
Sinocence's enhanced version of Scar Obscura is hardly a value. Nevertheless, the music is brilliant modern melodic progressive thrash and power metal. Buy it for this reason alone.
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