"...A Way to Hide" (Gotham; 2006)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Scar'd Sanity are part of the new wave of heavy metal and "...A Way to Hide" has a heavy modern sound with an aggressive lyrical delivery. However, unlike the heavy metal of yesteryear, there are no guitar solos. Instead, the band tends to focus on the modern sound and keeps with the new tradition of offering hard music with strategically placed screams of force. I’m a fan of rock vocals and I’m finally coming around to the vocal styling that this new wave of metal is contributing.

Since they can sing and deliver heavy, full sounding chords, Scar'd Sanity have a distinct sound. There may be other bands that sound like them (and vice versa) but these guys have a certain guitar sound that interests me. They have good harmonies on a few songs and, with a melodic guitar backing them up, it all comes together nicely. Still, while definitely enjoyable, there are times when "...A Way to Hide" tends to blend in with many of the other bands out there in the same genre. 

"...A Way to Hide" was recorded by a talented bunch of musicians and it’s got power to spare. With the right marketing, Scar'd Sanity can find some real success, as long as this style of metal remains popular.

The best scars here are “Killing Off Time,” “Bleed,” “Hard To Breathe,” and “Brand New Day.”

Scar'd Sanity: Mike Prince – vocals; Adam Cunningham – lead guitar; Casey Froke – guitar; Paul Cunningham – bass; Clayton B. Payne – drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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