Scourge Lair - Calamities
Scourge Lair emerged from the hallowed metal grounds of Tampere, Finland in 2014. By 2017, the band had recorded and released its first demo, Abominable Entities, on digital and limited cassette formats. Approximately two years later, its second demo, One Hundred Eyes One Hundred Arms, was released in the same inauspicious manner as its predecessor. The quality and promise of these recordings caught Nuclear War Now's attention, and the label saw fit to reissue both cassettes in February 2021. The sound unleashed on each—a furious amalgam of black and death metal—has now evolved to a point at which its brilliance can no longer be overlooked. Like its preceding demos, Calamities is born as a composite of the band's primary influences, which perhaps most notably include the likes of Demoncy, Autopsy, Bathory, Darkthrone, and Goatlord. However, as one would hope from a first album, Calamities inherits the formula of songwriting and musicianship established on the demos and elevates it to another plane. Tempos tend to inhabit the higher end of the spectrum, and songs are not content to be constrained below the five-minute threshold. Instead, they often opt to push several minutes beyond, yet they do so without ever leaving a moment to dull the listener's attention.