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Scar Culture

With All That Remains, Origin, and Backward 7. Thursday, December 19, at Peabody's.


In terms of ethnic diversity, metal tends to be as homogeneous as it is heavy. But not so with New York City's Scar Culture. A band with Indian, Russian, and American heritage, Scar Culture brings both breadth and brutality to the fold.

Indeed, the group's sound is just as diverse as its band members' ancestry. A scalding mix of grind, death, and hardcore, Scar Culture's breakneck metal is corrosive and all-encompassing. With frontman Pheroze Karai growling like a malnourished rottweiler over speed-of-light guitars and a charging-rhino rhythm section, this band is all business. About the only thing heavier than Scar Culture is the man who discovered the group -- rotund S.O.D. instigator Billy Milano, who produced the band's savage 2001 debut, Inscribe. Yeah, it's pretty ironic that a guy who came to fame with the seminal, immigration-wary diatribe Speak English or Die would play a major role in the career of a band with backgrounds as varied as Scar Culture's, but this group is good enough to negate any biases. And most of its peers.

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