• Sammie Starr

EP Review: Scoundrel 'Dead' EP

Updated: Nov 12

Inspired by horror, numetal, deathcore, and progressive metal, California native band Scoundrel creates a towering multi-genre experience with new their EP Dead that is catching quite some attention in the scene.



Though the Halloween season may be over, there are still bands in the metalcore scene that take great pride in having this be a part of their instrumental sound makeup all year. SCOUNDREL is a metalcore outfit from Fresno, California, with a sound that is as frighteningly massive as it is vicious.

“Starting with a raw and intense moment, "Dead," SCOUNDREL is proving right from the gate that they mean business with their engaging and ruthless instrumental fervor. With titanic guitar riffs, well-done unclean vocal control, and sick melodic guitar touches, SCOUNDREL puts us front and center of it all for what's to come for the rest of the EP.”

Their latest EP, Dead, has caught the attention of many, and while it may be a short-lived experience, it packs a monstrous punch, showing just what this band is capable of and then some. Influenced by horror, nu-metal, deathcore, and progressive metal, SCOUNDREL takes their new EP and drives the point home that the best of things come in small packages.


Starting with a raw and intense moment, "Dead," SCOUNDREL is proving right from the gate that they mean business with their engaging and ruthless instrumental fervor. With titanic guitar riffs, well-done unclean vocal control, and sick melodic guitar touches, SCOUNDREL puts us front and center of it all for what's to come for the rest of the EP.

Other highlights on the EP are gorgeous melodic number "Damaged." With a beautiful euphonious intro that transitions into ravaging guitar strings and colossal, calculated percussive cadence, it's a moment on the EP not to be missed.

The EP ends on a great note with the last song, "Scapegoat." Maintaining the same impressively frenetic and gigantic energy we have seen displayed throughout the whole experience, SCOUNDREL does not disappoint, leaving us with this last delicious parting gift.

What is fantastic about the Dead EP is that fans of the metalcore, progressive, and deathcore genres can sit back and enjoy this. Scoundrel does a great job of balancing out the genres and not making one feel less excluded than the other. If you are looking for something to add to your playlist, this is a good one to place there.



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