Northern Plague – Scorn The Idle

Rating: 4/5
Folter Records
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Band Line Up

Damyen – Drums
Janus – Guitars
Fenris – Vocals/Guitars
Svach – Bass

Album Track Listing
  1. Blindsight
  2. Rites Of The Devourer
  3. Crown For Fools
  4. The Day After
  5. Man Of Glass
  6. Vainglory Altar
  7. Workphetamine
  8. Drowned
  9. Versus The World

Polish Black/Death Metal crew Northern Plague certainly live up to their morbid epithet. Their second full length album is a sickening storm of Hellish putridity. Packed full of grime and mangled tuneage, this is not an easy going ride.

The album opens with “Blindsight”, possessed of a devilish and malevolent feel. It snarls with a brooding edge and dizzies with its varied tempos. It is followed by the utterly relentless “Rites Of The Devourer”, akin to being ripped apart by a pack of ravening wolves, and the venomous and bloodwarm “Crown For Fools”.

“The Day After” offers something a little different with its disorientating intro – melodic and quite affecting and evocative. The change of pace is welcome after the sheer massacre of the previous tracks. “Man Of Glass” is different again, with its meaty Pantera/Machine Head type riffing, lurching into a darker dynamic and offering a real air of class. “Vainglory Altar” is a pounding and uncompromising return to brutality, set apart by its lead guitar heroics.

“Workphetamine” clatters with jackhammer ferocity, both vicious and viscous. The band show a gift for pacing by placing the powerful epic “Drowned” next in the running order. As the title suggests, it pleads and begs like the final moments of life before the lights go out. Proceedings are rounded off by the chaotic vortex of “Versus The World” – a swirling, seething and pulsating cacophany.

A definite album of highlights. Special praise goes to the athletic, muscular drumming (Damyen certainly got a workout here), and the spot on lead guitar, which is very influenced by the essence of the 1980s greats. The result is a passionate and dynamic and classy album. A damn fine effort.

Review By Owen Thompson