ALBUM: Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette
June 10th, 2016
In a band that has been referenced to greats such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with support from Metal Hammer taking the band out on their ‘Lords Of The Riff Tour’ with Monster Truck, Scorpion Child are a group which big things are expected from. Releasing their self-titled debut in 2013, the band now fall under the pressure to release that difficult second album, and with it we’ll see if Scorpion Child have what it takes to make an album that is as good as their hype expects.
Bassist Alec Caballero Padron is certainly the star for this band’s performance as he plays quite ambitiously on many of the tracks. This is very noticeable on the record’s title-track, when he plays one of the best fuzzed out riffs since 1970. Thankfully, his quality retains on this album and he shows why he’s the main and key feature of Scorpion Child. Keyboardist AJ Vincent provides an impressive showing throughout the context of this album, also adding a lot to the aforementioned track to bring quite a spacey atmosphere.
Taking influence from many classic rock bands, there are notions towards Kiss as well. Unfortunately, however, these are some of the more boring aspects to the band, leading to a ballad very similar to ‘Beth’ to be played with the track ‘Survives’. This is a band that feel like they need to be revving ahead for fans to truly be into them, but with too many moments on this album drifting to the realm of both unnecessary and even boring and repetitive, it makes for this release to have a low sense of reception and failing to hit the mark.
To end this album on the sound of a storm for two minutes, literally feels like the band is having a joke at the extent of their audience at this point. ‘Addictions’ is a near enough seven minute song with only four minutes of music. From this the majority seems pedestrian, and very much a sense of repetition. If anyone bought an album literally to hear the sound of the sea closing it, it makes for serious questioning.
When the band try and stay simple and give fast paced rock ‘n’ roll tracks they succeed. With tracks like ‘Reapers Danse’ and ‘She Sings, I Kill’ giving for a sense of cockiness and swagger, the band show that they do have the potential to become a successful group some day. What does need to be examined and put into consideration, however, is the pure length of the release. This would have worked much better as a quick EP, but with an album and the majority of songs feeling like filler, little can be said other than Scorpion Child have released a bit of a flop.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)