The metal supergroup Scour, featuring Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, ex-Cattle Decapitation), Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index), have announced their latest Black EP, which is slated for a 2020 release. In addition to this release, the band have debuted a new cover of the black metal classic “Massacre,” originally recorded by Bathory for their 1987 album Under the Sign of the Black Mark.
The band debuted their cover alongside visuals showing the band performing at Saint Vitus Bar back in June of 2017. The track is aggressive, with hard hitting drums and riffs, complimented by Anselmo’s screaming vocal delivery which keeps up the tracks energy.
“Massacre” cover was mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio, and is expected to see a Black Friday release this November 29. Scour are best known for their hard hitting extreme metal style, and debuted on the scene a couple of years ago.
Anselmo’s latest band Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals are currently supporting legendary thrash metal band Slayer on their farewell tour. During a recent opening performance, the band performed an entire set of Pantera covers, which included performances of tracks such as “Mouth for War,” “A New Level” and “Strength Beyond Strength.”
As the former Pantera frontman, Anselmo explained that the death of Vinnie Paul inspired him to pursue the tributes on this recent tour with Slayer. Paul’s unique image and playing style made him an icon in the metal community, as many including his former bandmates mourned his loss.
“We were about a month out from touring when Vince Paul passed away and that was horrific and so unexpected,” Anselmo stated, according to Blabbermouth. “It was something that stopped me dead in my tracks. I was in my kitchen and I just dropped to the floor and just had to breathe for a little while. That’s when the big plea for us to do more Pantera songs became irresistible. The tribute had to be then. It had to be right. And I never thought it would be The Illegals. Clearly the mission for us was to be a sweaty hole-in-the wall death-metal band. I’ve got to say huge props to them for learning the Pantera material. They didn’t even flinch, man, and just went for it.”