Scatter The Ashes Devout/The Modern Hymn

Playing bizarre post-hardcore that seems somewhat reminiscent of a more danceable Refused, Scatter The Ashes have effectively defined their own sound on this, the band’s full-length debut. While still clearly wearing their punk rock influences on their sleeve, the band’s technical proficiency affords them the opportunity to branch out into other genres for inspiration. The verses of "City By The Sea,” toy with jazzy guitar noodling, while the opening riff of "White Actress,” sounds like a perfect accompaniment to anything every produced by the Cult. Though slightly too atmospheric and brooding at times, Devout/The Modern Hymn is an impressive debut for a band whose sound is clearly theirs alone. (Epitaph)