“This is a one-man descent into the pit of insanity where the fabric of a moral conscience and the illusion of hope disappeared long ago. More of a train wreck than a rollercoaster, Rusted Lock is the flame of a solitary match in a dark tunnel. It illuminates the futility of your situation and brings you to the realisation you will never escape. Welcome to the fetid world of a Hieronymus Bosch painting.”
Portland, Oregon might be known as the City of Roses, but the music of Scard’s J. Huston suggests it might also be a portal into the abyss, like the dark underworld of a Guillermo del Toro film. This is a one-man descent into the pit of insanity where the fabric of a moral conscience and the illusion of hope disappeared long ago. More of a train wreck than a rollercoaster, Rusted Lock is the flame of a solitary match in a dark tunnel. It illuminates the futility of your situation and brings you to the realisation you will never escape. Welcome to the fetid world of a Hieronymus Bosch painting.
If you can accept that ” Rusted Lock ” doesn’t even contain the shadow of metal but at the same time you like challenges and, above all, you like atmospheric, apocalyptic and terrifying music, I think you might like this record and also a lot, because here we are faced with a musician who does not only want to make noise with the machines, that stops at the ears, but wants to get to your soul and lose it forever. Do you accept the challenge?
Scard -Rusted Lock- Digital/ Tape (Scry Recordings)
Out of Portland OR comes a one man event J.Huston goes by Scard and this is full on cluster fuck of Martial Industrial, Death Industrial, Black Noise and some of the most terrorfying fucking sounds and tones to come out of these speakers in while. AMEN Scard. The more disturbing and twisted the better for this style of release. The pain, suffering and mental anguish coming from this reminds me a lot of what artist like Nordvargr, Trepaneringsritualen, Brighter Death Now and Sutcliffe Jügend. There are so many just out right twisted and nervous making tones and movements going on here. The torment of the demonic afterlife will clearly feel and sound like this . From even the most minimal moments of this release. You can feel the fear and fractured mental state of Scard. This is hateful and dark in very much a ritualistic and release as it is what the voices are clearing speaking too. There are times where you just get chills from releases and this is one of those time. I know I’m going to get told I’m nuts but there are some very NIN and Marilyn Manson moments going on though out this as well especially musically and that takes this to the next level for me as well. Scard I was not ready for you today but I’m damn glad this came my way.
…”In my opinion Scard are a very great sounding mixture of dark ambient, power electronics, death industrial and harsh noise with some touches of black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE “Dancing With Rot” “Graveyard Dirt” and “Tainted And Estranged”.8out of 10.”