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Scout Killers: Deception EP
Scout Killers - Deception EP CD Album Review

Scout Killers: Deception EP

Melodic Heavy Rock
3.0/5.0

What's in a name? I'm not sure with Scout Killers, an alt-indie band from Bath, England. The name is certainly different, even perplexing. I'm wondering what "scouts" need to be looking over their shoulders. Formed some five years ago this quintet has released a self-titled debut album, a follow up EP Stand Your Ground, and now a second EP Deception, having four songs.

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Scout Killers

Press material has the band citing influences from Tom Morello to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Alter Bridge. Those influence are likely correct. Scout Killers reminds me of second generation melodic, sometimes heavier, grunge hard rock. That's to say the band is long on sharp and thick riffs, a heavy bottom end in the rhythm section, and melodic and harmonious vocals. (However, vocalist Scott Cox goes a bit hardcore screamo in the opening song, Freak Show, and later within You Have It All). It also means they're short on guitar solos, something often, but not necessarily, typical of the genre. There's a solid solo at the end of Keep Telling Me Lies, and you might say the guitar line lingering within Freak Show might qualify as well. Lyrically speaking, somebody definitely has some problems with the ladies, and he's pretty pissed. But that's merely typical Nickelback-type fodder for any rock band. All in all, if you grew up with and enjoyed the Nineties grunge sound, you will definitely like Scout Killers and their latest EP Deception. But three spins in rotation was enough for me.

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The Bottom Line

If you grew up with and enjoyed the Nineties grunge sound, you will definitely like Scout Killers and their latest EP Deception.

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