WSOU Picks of the Week: Sabaton, Periphery, Scour
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and as been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:
Sabaton – “Blood of Bannockburn” (Garren L.)
Sabaton have unveiled another track called “Blood of Bannockburn” off their upcoming album, The Last Stand. It’s an upbeat metal track about a key battle in the First War of Scottish Independence. Although this song seems like a typical Sabaton song, it includes some unusual elements for Sabaton, including bagpipes and a Hammond organ. At first I was skeptical of this new track after only hearing snippets of it, but after a first listen to the whole thing I found myself loving it. However, I can’t shake the feeling of how much this track reminds me of the Grave Digger songs “Rebellion (The Clans Are Marching),” and “Highland Farewell.”
Periphery – “Motormouth” (Mike C.)
I have no idea how Periphery are putting out another full-length so close after their 2015 double album Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega, but I’m not complaining in the slightest. This album yields some of their strongest material yet (or at least my favorite); they sure know how to write catchy songs. Their latest release, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, just came out today on Sumerian Records! Check it out!
Scour – “Tear Gas” (Dylan G.)
When I hear a song with extreme metal and references to tear gas, I immediately think of Belphegor’s hit “Gasmask Terror.” Not to say that Scour are lifting anything from the Austrian metal giants (or Behemoth, if you like blackened death metal puns), but Scour can stand with the big boys in terms of pure energy in their short, but intense tracks. The supergroup’s first EP is out now on Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records.