Massive Scar Era has quietly been building a reputation as one of the most innovative and interesting bands in the city, as exotic as it is unrelenting.
That world domination hasn’t happened yet is a reflection that Vancouver’s metal scene remains largely underground, which is amazing in an era where today’s Bandcamp no-name is tomorrow’s Car Seat Headrest.
Setting the band apart from the Marshall-powered masses is the way Massive Scar Era leans heavily on the exotic violin flourishes of Nancy Mounir, who’s also no slouch on Egyptian flute.
Egypt-raised Cherine Amr, meanwhile, comes on like someone who can’t decide if she’d rather hang out and chill with Evanescence’s Amy Lee or destroy everything with Otep Shamaya.
Massive Scar Era’s progressiveness bleeds through on its new video for “Unfollow”.
On first viewing, the clip looks every bit as inspirationally ’80s as Seasons 1 and 2 of Stranger Things. Add fight scenes that suggest more than a passing appreciation for cutting-edge modern dance, and you’ve got a work of genuine art.
Massive Scar Era has a fascinating back story; in Egypt, aggressive music, especially aggressive music played with guys, isn’t supposed to be a viable career path for women, which hasn’t stopped Amr. It makes sense then that the behind-the-scenes stuff from “Unfollow”—from the out-today EP Color Blind—is every bit as interesting as the band.
Amr breaks down the video as follows: “The video is directed by Mily Mumford and feature a diverse cast of femmes* including trans-femme and non Binary assigned female at birth (NBAFB), Africans, Asians, Indigenous (from Musqueam) and Muslims. Just having all these femmes* at the same place was an experience. The fruitful conversations we had off camera and the questions regarding our identities and religion backgrounds were inspiring! It assures that the more we include diverse people from different backgrounds the more we will stop “othering” each other. It’s partially funded by Creative BC and the Government of British Columbia through their AMPLIFY Program.”
Vancouver’s metal scene might be underground for now, but that’s something Massive Scar Era is working to change.