Scent of Remains is a hard-hitting, groove-oriented East Tennessee band that pretends to be nothing more than what it is – pure and honest metal. From bluesy to blistering to brutal, Scent of Remains serves up a mix of songs characterized by pounding and rolling grooves, screaming leads and a unique mix of vocal styles.
Formed in the summer of 2009 by drummer Paul Shippers and some local friends, Scent of Remains, like many new projects, went through several early lineup changes before Shippers finally got together with lead-guitarist Herb Himes and rhythm guitarist Luc Nuytten to solidify the creative nucleus of the band. The current lineup now includes Herb Himes on lead guitar, Paul Shippers on drums, Luc Nuytten on rhythm guitar, Jeremy Powers on bass and Michael Yates on lead vocals.
In a metal world where everything seemingly must be neatly put into categories, Scent of Remains simply thinks of themselves as honest, hard-hitting metal. Says Himes, “We have elements of groove, death, doom, southern, stoner and pretty much every metal out there sub-genre in our music. Having a versatile vocalist who can sing, scream and growl really allows us a ton of creative flexibility. We can be all over the board style-wise, but in the end, it all comes together and sounds like SOR.”
The band entered the studio in March of 2010 to cut their first full-length CD entitled mind.thought.fear. The disc was recorded at The Soundlair, the same Knoxville studio that recorded early independent works by Whitechapel and Straight Line Stitch.
In August of 2011 SOR released a two-song demo, also recorded at The Soundlair, that includes the tracks Snake in the Grass and BTK.
The band is currently gigging all around the Southeast and working on new material.