"Nothin' Sacred" (Gulliver Records; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Like almost all underground bands, I didn't know what to expect when I began to listen to Scarz Within's "Nothin' Sacred." I am pleased to report that Scarz Within play a sturdy blend of true metal/progressive metal with its feet firmly planted on the ground. Also, it is important to note that the 2003-era version of "Nothing Sacred" is a re-recorded version of the original 2002 version.

"Nothing Sacred" is the first part of a storyline the band has developed. So it's safe to say that the band has given a lot of thought to the words that go along with the music. Over the course of ten tracks, Scarz Within develop a story, keep the music interesting, and display a penchant for dramatic storytelling.

Vocalist TW is more on the true metal side of things than the progressive metal side - and that's probably going to work in the band's favor as music fans tend to generally prefer the true metal vocal style. The twin/triple guitar attack is firmly rooted in the classic true metal/power metal style with some impressive boundary pushing into progressive metal territory. The rhythm section is solid - exactly what you'd want in a metal band.

Scarz Within show a lot of promise on "Nothin' Sacred" and the band will release the second part to "Nothin' Sacred" soon.

Fans of Alchemy X, Shadowcaster, Queensryche, and Judas Priest will all find something to like in Scarz Within's "Nothin' Sacred."

"Nothin' Sacred" was produced by Charlie Roccaforte.

Scarz Within is TW on vocals, Charlie Roccaforte on guitars and backing vocals, Sterling on guitars and backing vocals, Rial Eargle on guitars and backing vocals, Walt Stanley on bass and backing vocals, and Matt McCauley on 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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