So, back in the late 1970s, there was this punk band called THE MISFITS. They stayed together for around 6 or 7 years, releasing some of the best albums of the Hardcore Punk genre, before breaking up on bad terms. In the mid 1990s, they decided to reunite without their seminal singer, Glenn Danzig, and released a few albums with a new singer, Michael Graves. While this material was vastly inferior to the old days, they managed to pump out a catchy tune or two. Once again, THE MISFITS broke up.
Oh wait, why am I going on about THE MISFITS if I'm supposed to be reviewing this band, SCARECROW? The answer is quite simple. THE MISFITS hit on a really unique idea back in their glory days, marrying 1950s and 1960s horror film imagery with the ferocity of hardcore punk, and a boatload of catchy hooks. Ever since then, like all good ideas, a whole bunch of people who don't really know what they are doing latched onto it and tried to succeed vicariously through this idea. SCARECROW just happens to be one of the more recent examples.
These guys aren't even an enjoyable clone, like 45 GRAVE. This is just Melodic "Hardcore" that sings about zombie movies. After "Zombies" opens up with the most generic riff I've heard in a while, "London After Midnight" shows the band's drummer cannot really keep up with what is going on.
I could go on, but what is the use? Why would you want to use a crappy ripoff bass like a Rogue when you could buy an Ibanez for a similar price? Why not just listen to THE MISFITS, who pull this style off so much better? In short, go for quality, not imitators.
(Online March 19, 2009)