Scorn – A Comedic Tragedy (2020)
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Album Title: A Comedic Tragedy
Release Date: January 20, 2020
“To death metal fanatics, like myself. Guys, this record is a bomb. Don’t let it get away!” – Rock and Metal In My Blood
“‘Dense Mind’ proves the bands intense death/thrash approach to metal. The song is taken from their latest release “A Comedic Tragedy”. Check out the band’s no BS approach to death metal” – Technical Music Review
“Here we have some good ol brutal classic death metal, great stuff. ” – WORT 89.9FM – Moshpit Radio
Formed with the intention of playing high-intensity death metal, Scorn has risen from the depths of Guelph, Ontario bringing a formidable onslaught of harsh riffs and crushing vocals.
Having experience in other projects, the duo of Julian Dutton and Steven Rowlands came together in 2015 to flesh out their technical death metal dreams in a flurry of abrasive melodies with brutal undertones. Although Scorn started as a group project, it is now a solo project of Rowlands who has taken over writing, programming, and performance of all aspects of the melodic tracks. While the band is currently solo, there is the possibility of a full band forming or live shows and future albums
Highlighting their aggression, and with the music influencing the lyrical content, Scorns writes about personal conflicts, with things being emphasized for dramatism, and other personal topics.
Scorn has been tearing across stages in the southern Ontario region since its inception playing with Killitorous, Invicta and Beyond Creation, among others. They released their debut EP “To Bleed or Not to Bleed” in 2015. It was followed up with full length “A Comedic Tragedy” released on January 20, 2020 and is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music.
Album Title: A Comedic Tragedy
Release Date: January 20, 2020
Track Listing of Album:
1. Intro (3:12)
2. Frenzy (6:18)
3. Dense Mind (3:04)
4. Psychotic Acts (3:36) (Guest solo: Layne Richardson)
5. Demented (4:51)
6. Isolation (2:24)
7. Phagocytosis (3:45)
8. Chemical Lobotomy (3:42) (Intro: Alex Snape)
9. A Lack of Communication (3:52)
10. Falling Fortress (5:05) (Guest Solo: Jonah Kay)
Album Length: 39:52
• All songs performed by: Steven Rowlands
• All songs written by: Steven Rowlands except tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 with Julian Dutton, track 8 with Alex Snape, track 9 Carl Rowlands
• All lyrics written by: Steven Rowlands except track 9 Carl Rowlands
• Produced by: Steven Rowlands
Co-Produced by: Alex Snape of Nomadic Media
• Mixed by: Steven Rowlands
• Mastered by: Alex Snape of Nomadic Media
• Album Artwork by: Santiago Villanueva Schreiber
• Member of SOCAN
• Canadian Content (MAPL)
Album Band Line Up:
Steven Rowlands – All instruments, vocals and programming
Intro on Chemical Lobotomy performed by Alex Snape
Guest solos: Layne Richardson, Jonah Kay
2015 – To Bleed or Not to Bleed (Ep/Demo)
2016 – A Wasting Disease (Single)
2019 – Psychotic Acts (Single)
2019 – A Lack of Communication (Single)
2020 – A Comedic Tragedy (Full Length)
Track by track explanation by Scorn:
1. Intro: Begins with a melancholic intro of swells and harmonics, which leads into a crushing set of riffs accompanied by some reverbed guitar in the back and some subtle things to catch the listener’s ear.
2. Frenzy: Being 6 minutes and 16 seconds, that makes this the longest song on the album but by far one of the most technical and fast-paced, to catch the listener’s attention, this song comes in blazing and doesn’t let up until just over a minute in. The entire song is filled with ups and downs and has 3 guitar solos some apparent time and feel changes keeping the listener thinking.
3. Dense mind: This is one of the oldest songs that’s been written for the album and we performed it live several times when we were playing. It’s a shorter song at 3:03 but it hits hard and it keeps the riffs coming. I specifically remember being really into Sepultura when we wrote this song. The lyrics are pretty much self-explanatory.
4. Psychotic Acts: The first single for the album and it was the first release for scorn in a few years. The song comes in hard with some chugging and tom hits. With a sampled explosion the song comes in heavy and doesn’t stop. The lyrics are about psychosis and attacking people whom you think are your enemies but are really your friends. This song also features a guitar solo at 2:57-3:26 by Layne Richardson of Becomes Astral. The solo is over a kind of spidery sounding section.
5. Demented: Again, one of the older songs written for the album. The song comes in with just guitar and goes directly into an old school death/thrash feel which remains consistent throughout the entire song until the end with a drum break and then a grand ending. The song is about questioning what it is to be human or a man (in my case).
6. Isolation: Acoustic interlude performed in my old bedroom a few years ago and I decided to keep it because I enjoy the takes. It’s just 1 guitar until the end when two guitars join in with some windlike effects and other noises in the background.
7. Phagocytosis: This is another older song written for the album by Julian and I. Julian and I both wrote the lyrics. The song is one of the slower ones (for the most part) on the album. It comes in with some stoppy riffs and gets faster as the song goes. There are 2 guitar solos, one is about halfway through and the other is closer to the end of the song. The lyrics are about a cell taking over another cell and that is kind of a representation of people who like to mess around with the minds of others.
8. Chemical Lobotomy: This song was written by Alex Snape and I. We wanted to write something incredibly heavy and so we came up with this piece in one night. It starts off with an almost Anthrax-y “Among the Living” intro and goes into a complete onslaught of old school death metal riffs in the style of Cannibal Corpse and such. The intro is performed by Alex and the lyrics are about your brain lobotomizing itself after dealing with too much stupidity.
9. Lack of Communication: This was the second single for the album and the album version sounds completely different from the single version. The single was an experiment and I decided to go a different route. The song comes in with a single guitar riff and slams in with everything at once. There is a guitar a couple of guitar solos again. One near the middle of the song and one right near the end. The lyrics are about people not understanding reality and closing themselves off either with religion or their own stupidity.
10. Falling Fortress: The lyrics were written by my father, Carl Rowlands, and they’re about a B-17 Flying Fortress and the crew basically in a dogfight and getting shot down. The lyrics dictated how this song would be written because I wanted to do my father’s lyrics justice as he was the first inspiration for my musical endeavours. The entire song is supposed to be a dogfight from inside of a B-17 bomber and the plane is about to go down but the crew is still going to fight. The final long riff is probably the only breakdown type riff on the album and it has the sounds of a WW2 dogfight going on in the background. The song ends suddenly and you hear a plane fly off in the distance. The song is one of the more melodic ones on the album, especially because of the guitar solo Jonah Kay from Invicta performed on it at around 2 minutes and 20 seconds into the song.