Scream Serenity – ‘Eye of the Storm’ (3MS Music) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:40

Scream Serenity artworkScream Serenity are a four-piece band from Lowestoft who have been beating their fans into a frenzy awaiting their first album, recorded at Smokehouse Studios earlier this year.  They list influences from Alter Bridge and Shinedown as well as Black Stone Cherry and TOAD.  As three of those four are some of my favourite bands of the past five years, I thought it would be an interesting call to review this album for Über Rock - especially as I know that none of those are favourites of one of the bosses at UR, I thought it may be a fairer review if I did it. 


The opening of the first track, ‘The Best Of The Worst’, reminds me of much heavier bands than their influences state. Whilst the vocals are a bit similar to style of TOAD, the track reminded me of Bullet For My Valentine without the screaming vocals. Good start. The guitar riffs are fast moving and the changes in tempo are similar in style to Bullet.


‘Good Business’ is more akin to some Alter Bridge, but the lyrics are more in line with Shinedown’s last offering, especially ‘Cut The Cord’. ‘Save Yourself’ is going to go down well, with rhythmic head nodders everywhere.  It’s short at 2.51 and heavily bass drum driven from the outset. ‘Run Away’ has a definitive Shinedown feel to the guitar playing, but is more rhythmic than shotgun guitar playing until the end solo, and apart from the odd expletive I could see it played on Planet Rock if there was a radio edit.



‘Eye Of The Storm’ starts very sedately with a nice simple riff and an acoustic guitar opening, before leading into a definite Shinedown feeling before going back to the Bullet… feel to the chorus.  The breakdown is definite Bullet in style. ‘Enough’ is much heavier than the tracks thus far at the start and varies in tempo and style; in parts, it reminds me of sections of Metallica in parts. ‘Better Off’ is a song about relationships that may not be working out, and varied in tempo throughout: the vocals are tight and the instruments are not overpowering in the mix.


‘Nowhere Town’ is drum bass driven, with the drum work of Jon Lindow and bass of Jack Hardy dominate the track: but the mix is subtle enough for the vocals of the trio of Hardy, Jordan Fennell and Ian Messenger to still sit on top and be readily audible.  The guitars of Messenger and Fennell rapidly rip throughout the next track, ‘Waiting For The Answers’ a full throttle track.


The final track of ‘Rest (After The Storm)’ brings the album to an end in a similar vein to the rest of the tracks, but some of the guitar playing isn’t as distorted, with some nice clean chord playing carrying the melody throughout. 


Overall a very good first effort from a band I will endeavour to see if they ever get to south Wales, but, Lowestoft is a long way away! As I’m in the habit of grading albums I’ll give this one 7.5. It’ll grow on me on Spotify when I get chance to add it between my research for other gigs I have the joy of attending for UR.


‘Eye of the Storm’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


Scream Serenity play The Waterfront in Norwich on Saturday (16 December).


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