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Scorned Embrace: Enclosures (Expat)

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Here is a Tucson band that should do the trick of clearing out any sinus problems or airplane-pressure-clogged ear issues from which you might be suffering.

Indeed, this lacerating quintet brings hardcore punk and extreme metal in equal measures, especially on incineratingly thrashed-up and breakdown-buttressed "Vapor and Ash," and on the cruising-and-bruising guitars and clean vocal melodicism of the title track. Overall, this is polished, professional metalcore that Hot Topic-shopping kids all over the world will devour.

The Killswitch Engage worship and As I Lay Dying genuflection grows a tad tedious, sure, on weaker cuts like "Destiny Broken," which betrays Scorned Embrace's influences. But when the band catches fire on double-kick-drum-blasting "Plunged Into Stagnation," you won't be able to keep yourself from throwing devil horns in the air.

Recorded by Nando Rivas (The Bled) at OG7 Studios, Enclosures, Scorned Embrace's sophomore release, envelops the listener in a heavy, walloping sonic grip that never relents. Singer Mike Clark can go from a raging bellow to a soaring melody at the drop of a dime; the rhythm section of Logan Matti (drums) and Mike Hendrix (bass) is so, so gnarly; and there isn't anything guitarists Elliott Flanagan and Josh Williams can't shred on their fret boards.

That said, Scorned Embrace may require at least another iota of originality before the band successfully conquers teenage America.

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