Scanner: The Judgement-2015.

Scanner:Heavy Power Metal from Germany.

Discography:

HypertraceFull-length1988
Round Trip / Across the UniverseSplit1988 
Terminal EarthFull-length1989
Conception of a CureDemo1994 
Mental ReservationFull-length1995
Ball of the DamnedFull-length1996
ScantropolisFull-length2002
The JudgementFull-length2015
The JudgementSingle2015 
The Galactos TapesCompilation2017

Members:

Axel “A.J.” JuliusGuitars (1986-present)
See also: ex-Lions Breed, ex-Reinforce
Efthimios IoannidisVocals (2003-present)
See also: ex-Levamnon
Jörn BettentrupBass (2017-present)
Boris FrenkelDrums (2018-present)
See also: ex-Dawn of Destiny, ex-Reflection, ex-Tauron
Stefan WeberGuitars (2019-present)
See also: RageRebatteredRegicide, ex-Axxis

Past Members:

Martin BorkBass (1986-1990)
See also: ex-Lions Breed, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Reinforce
Wolfgang KolorzDrums (1986-1990)
Thomas SophaGuitars (1986-1990)
See also: ex-Lions Breed, ex-Reinforce
Michael “M.A.J.O.R.” KnoblichVocals (1986-1988)
See also: ex-Jack of Hearts, ex-Jester’s March
S.L. CoeVocals (1989-1993)
See also: ex-Dancin’ Dead, ex-Thunderbolt, ex-C.O.E, ex-Angel Dust, ex-Reactor
Gregor SkopalBass (1990-1995)
See also: ex-Charan
Haridon LeeVocals (1994-1997)
See also: Duke, ex-Crows, Non Iron, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Wolf Spider
John A.B.C. SmithBass (1995-1997)
See also: Frank BlackfireGod’s Army, ex-Gallows Pole, ex-John A.B.C. Smith, ex-At Vance, ex-Hallowed
D.D. BuccoDrums (1995-1997)
Stefan NicolaiGuitars (1996-1997)
Stephan BraunKeyboards (1996-1997)
Marc SimonBass (1997-2003)
Thilo ZaunGuitars (1997-2006)
Johannes BrunnKeyboards (2000-2005)
Jan ZimmerDrums (2002-2003)
Lisa CroftVocals (2002-2003)
Stephan JacobsBass (2003-2004)
See also: ex-Teaser
Franz EichbergerDrums (2003-2005, 2011-2013)
Kayuri NiwaBass (2004-2006)
See also: Adligate, ex-Requiem
Florian HaackGuitars (2006-2007)
See also: ex-Exotoxis, ex-Andra
Torben BöhmBass (2007-2008)
Andreas ZeidlerGuitars (2008-2019)
See also: ex-Levamnon
Oliver EmanowskiBass (2009-2012)
See also: Sankt Velten, ex-SP, ex-Eure Erben, ex-Darkness, ex-Ravage, ex-SRG
Matt BauerDrums (2009-2010)
See also: DracyorJavelin, ex-Entophyte, ex-Zodiac, ex-Dorian Gray, ex-Exurist, Mayze, The Witches’ Dream, Wildheart, ex-Dawn of Destiny, ex-Everflow, ex-Jitterbug
Patrick KloseDrums (2010-2011, 2013-2015)
See also: Cold RevengeIron Savior, Bright Guardians, ex-Dawn of Destiny, ex-Elmsfire
Jonathan SellBass (2012-2015)
See also: ex-Incubus Dreams
William ChapmanBass (2015-2017)
Hanno KerstanDrums (2015-2017)
See also: Mystic Prophecy, ex-Abnormal End (live)
Patrick “Ted” DonathGuitars (2019)
See also: ex-Artcrime, ex-Cohagen, Wicked Disciple, ex-Black Messiah, ex-Greydon Fields

One thought on “Scanner: The Judgement-2015.

  1. Scanner – The Judgement
    Silicon Messiah, September 22nd, 2015
    Written based on this version: 2015, Digital, Massacre Records

    Old German heavy metal wranglers Scanner recently released their sixth album. It’s their first since 2002, making a long gap of 13 years. It’s begun in an immediate fashion with the song ‘F.T.B.’ (an abbreviation of fuck the bastards, because you can sing the word, but you can’t write it). The song is a solid opener, giving weight and mass and a big attempt at force to set the mood for the remainder of the album.

    What we have is similar to older Scanner albums. Full grown heavy/power metal with a touch of speed metal in the vein of… well, just about any German heavy/power metal band. Most closely, I’d mention Running Wild’s directness and a sound reminiscent of Wizard, but without the distinctly self aware lyrics.

    For 2015, most everything has been renewed. Axel Julius remains since the previous effort, but the rest of the members have been replaced. Julius is the strongest card on the album, alongside newcomer Andreas Zeidler. They have some solid and great guitar dueling across the album, not only in the solos, but in the heavy riffs of songs like opener ‘Warlord’, as well as ‘Pirates’, both carrying a punch.

    Efthimios Ioannidis has a nice, fitting voice, reminiscent perhaps of a cross between Niklas Isfeldt of Swedish powerhouse Dream Evil and Sven D’Anna of aforementioned true metal masters Wizard. The latter simply must have shared some accent secrets, because ze accent is heavy with Ioannidis. Still, he’s a good vocalist. He gives a few falsettos, most notably at the beginning of ‘Eutopia’. Aside from that, he makes a good effort, if not outstanding.

    The album has ten songs, most going with the formula I’ve already gone through. No bullshit heavy fucking metal. But a few songs are a just a touch heavier and slower; ‘Eutopia’ and ‘The Legionary’, making for some nice variation. This is important, because while a song might be enjoyable on its own, Scanner don’t really have the musicianship or the impact to make an entire album work without that variation.

    The common denominator for all the good parts of the album are that the riffs are good. Especially the title track has some really good ones. It might be the best track on the album, not only sporting solid riffs, but a guitar lead that puts the rest of the album to shame. Scanner has also realized how fucking metal Edgar Allan Poe is; ‘Nevermore’ has a few lines directly from the eccentric poet’s classic ‘The Raven’. However, a masterpiece of that stature deserves music fitting the mood. That’s where Scanner fail miserably; without setting into a dark mood on a midnight dreary, they push on with the same formula of heavy metal.

    As a conclusion, The Judgement is a pretty standard heavy/power metal record, without being very special in any kind of way. Ultimately, I’m don’t regret listening to it, because basically it’s fine. You might find similar – and better – music just a few clicks away, but if you’re looking for that no bullshit heavy metal, why not give The Judgement a chance.

    Standout tracks: The Judgement, Warlord

    Originally written for ‘getmetal.com’

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