Scare Tactics / Press

“'These guys could be one of the next big things! They certainly have the right sound, the right attitude and they make damn good music.'”

“'Leaning towards the more Technical side of the Metal Genre's, they wowed us with some great songwriting and outstanding musicianship.'”

“Old School Groove + Modern Metal = A BIG SLICE OF AWESOME! Scare Tactics just may have found the formula for becoming the next big thing. Their new album, "Legion" is the perfect mix of old school grooves (sick riffs included) and modern metal intensity (big sound included).”

“After BEYOND THE BLACK NATIVE and CONSTRUCT, here's another new group arriving on the scene at this METAL 2015 with a first incredibly mature album! SCARE TACTICS comes from Liverpool, has existed since 2010 and has taken his time to release his first album but what an album! Do not trust the title and the cover which would point that we are dealing with Thrash and Death Metal because this is not the case at all, even if the music SCARE TACTICS is powerful. The group defines its music as Groove METAL .. Yeah, why not .... but it would be more groove to PANTERA with influences as ALTER BRIDGE, ALICE IN CHAINS, or PEARL JAM (especially singing). The plus with SCARE TACTICS is that they also love when music is technical and worked. In this regard, it should be noted the excellent work of guitarists that offer us catchy riffs, punchy and very good solos. A group to monitor very closely and that could surprise us in the future!”

“Infernal Creation, Pythia + Scare Tactics live @ Bloodstock 2012. These are our photos from the sets of Infernal Creation, Pythia + Scare Tactics live @ Bloodstock 2012. For more Bloodstock coverage, head over here!”

“Bloodstock creeps ever closer, so MetalMouth chats to Liverpudlian hybrid metallers, Scare Tactics for a bite sized pre festival interview - Check the URL to see the full interview!”

“Scare Tactics are set to slay the New Blood Stage on Friday 10th at this year’s Bloodstock. We catch up with the guys to find out more about them, what their are about, the festival and what you lucky Bloodstock go-er’s will see! Go to the URL Link to read more!”

“As I return from the press area in the backstage, my ears are greeted by the familiar intro track of fellow-Liverpudlians, Scare Tactics. I have known these guys for the best part of 5 years now and even before speaking to them I knew just how much playing the hallowed grounds of Donington meant to them. Kicking into gear with their distinctive heavy metal groove, it was clear early on that they were in the zone tonight and the crowd responded by opening up the first mosh pits we had seen this year. The band were quick to remind the fans to take care when “having fun out there” and it was easy to see that everyone got that message loud and clear. We were all treated to songs from the band’s debut album ‘Legion’, including the crowd favourite ‘Drunk Fuck’ & ‘Little Time’ for which Scare Tactics released a music video for earlier this year. This was a superb performance from four very talented musicians.”

“Liverpudlians Scare Tactics followed, armed with more metal riffs than it’s healthy to consume on a Thursday evening. Phwoar!”


“I can go on the record and say, “this is the best metal album in five years.” You can go ahead and quote me on that. Not a bad song on the whole record and professional, sophisticated work from all four of the lads throughout. These guys are terrifyingly good and I can say with some pride that they are just as good, if not better, live. They’re playing the Boardie Takeover Stage at Download Festival this year and anyone who has tickets and misses them is a fool. Find them, see them and lose yourself in the ferocity. This band truly lives up to it’s name. The lads should be proud of their hard work. Here’s to more albums and more music from what I hope to be one of the biggest metal bands this generation. Keep up the good work lads. You have set a serious bar for yourselves. No doubt you will rise to the challenge, “when the time is right.””

“The third band on the Boardie Takeover was Liverpool’s finest, SCARE TACTICS. I’d seen the band a few years ago at the Highway To Hell competition in Glasgow and remember them as one of the highlights of the weekend, yet this was my first time seeing them since then. I was quickly reminded why I’d enjoyed this band so much and felt annoyed with myself for having not seen them perform live in so long! Lead guitarist and vocalist Andy Barker has great style and stage presence and the vocal harmonies with Paul Charnock were spot on throughout. The rhythm section was tight with funky bass lines, and I thoroughly enjoyed their set as did many others – SCARE TACTICS can claim the first mosh-pit of Download 2015! I will be checking out their brand new album ‘Legion‘ very soon!”

“Liverpool based, Scare Tactics, asked me to check out a couple of tracks from their upcoming album. Being a big fan of the band, I was happy to oblige. After checking out both tracks, I can say, that the upcoming album is going to be well worth the wait. "Little Time," (video below) is a killer song, with great changes throughout. With an underlying heaviness, great guitar work and amazing vocals, "Little Time," is a huge step forward for, Scare Tactics. The band sounds tight and the production is clean. Oh, and the second track? It shall remain nameless for now, but rest assured, it's heavy, fast and aggressive. It will be a definite crowd pleaser. Scare Tactics, and their upcoming album, "Legion," is going to be a huge hit in 2015 and one of the years best albums. Once I get the release date I will share with all you, Bro-Metaler's out there, but until then wait patiently, it will be worth it. -Bro”

“If music be the food of love then in the hands of Scare Tactics, love was a blessing, a relief from the terror of life and songs such as Remain, We Live, the brilliant, as yet untitled track and Little Time shrouded the audience away from the grip of any September unease felt as the dark nights creep a little closer each day. Scare tactics are used by those that wish to undermine and subvert the so called normality of life, Scare Tactics stand in their way and add their own cultivated assurance with their steaming presence, it is to be welcomed and to be encouraged. From the crowd inside the Academy the encouragement was loud and clear, ringing endorsements that match the intensity of a band’s drum beat surely should never go unnoticed.”

“Liverpool’s groovy metal-heads ‘Scare Tactics’ brought to mind the power and the glory of bands like ‘Alter Bridge’ or ‘Alice in Chains’. These talented lads are currently working on on their new album. We wish them pots of luck.”

“'We Live' - The beautiful strumming emerges and then the vocals kick in, hard edged and uncompromising – Scare Tactics are letting you know they are here! Aggressive and possesses some awe inspiring rhythms with superb guitar work that works up to a fast and superb pace. Immaculate effort! – Don’t overlook this track from start to finish it offers sophistication and is a true reminder of just how talented these guys are and it is fair to say will no doubt pull in new listeners as well as being a hit with the old fans. 'Drunk Fuck' - Every time I hear the beginning of this track and its chugging groovy rhythm I can’t help but sing to it. The pounding essential beats just carve their way into the psyche and drive you to respond. That chorus is what makes this track. Everyone can relate to it – even me who doesn’t drink! but the other is good! :D. It is sung with power and has superb musical dominance that you can’t ignore.”

“Unfortunately for our local boys, Scare Tactics had the opening slot for the night. They had played the week previously in Semi Final 2, and had the closing spot in that particular gig. Everything seemed to go very well, with the sound being pretty much perfect for them. I believe they had decided to go with the setlist from their heat performance and given the importance of this gig, I really can't blame them for going with a more tried and tested set. The crowd reaction was very good, with much cheering every time the band finished a song, which was very good to see. I'll finish this off before I end up waffling too much! The actual performance was almost what I expected from the Scare Tactics crew, though I feel they kicked it up a notch for the final. Absolute pleasure to see them perform, as always, and they certainly raised the bar for the rest of the bands to follow.”

“The crowd loved them, and I was quite surprised to see that so many people had chosen to stick around for the final band of the night. Scare Tactics interacted well with the crowd, and got a good reception in return. Their set was easily on par with their previous performances, so that was also nice to see. Unfortunately I really can't say much more than that, other than the fact I very much enjoyed them, as per usual!”

“When the set finally came to a close, I personally found that I wanted to hear one or two more songs. These guys have really pulled their socks up since the last time I saw them, giving off feelings of professionalism and "We're here to do something we enjoy and make sure you have a good time." Their previous performance had less of the professionalism and more of a joking element, so this was really nice to see. Now they just need to go make an album or EP or something so I can buy it!”

“The best way I can think of to try and convince you how highly I rate this E.P is with a completely honest fact. Once I had listened to all of the songs enough and made my notes on what I wanted to say I have still gone back and listened over and over again, and I know I’m doomed to keep doing this until they give me something new. This is much more than just a good E.P. It's heavy, dynamic and original. It's versatile and intricate but totally accessible. It is well produced and it gets better the more you hear it. Listen to it free on Reverbnation and join the constantly growing number of people blown away by them. You will not regret it.”

“I had heard a lot about this band, and listened to their music online but none of this had prepared me for the madness that is Scare Tactics live. With a confident start to their set, it was obvious that this band feel right at home on the stage. Should you ever get the chance to see Scare Tactics (or the Scary Tictacs as they dubbed themselves) then no excuses will be good enough, they are not to be missed.”

“Liverpool band, Scare Tactics (formerly Hollow Point) reveal just how valuable honest metal can be. The drummer's ear splitting aggression is a vital element that, when coupled with a mammoth riff, exposes a band whose sound echoes that of true 90's metal. Armed with a vocalist who expresses an effortless raging quality without seeming too exaggerated, Scare Tactics set the standards high for the rest of the night.”

Surface Unsigned 2008

“Scare Tactics (Formerly Hollow Point), who are a great metal band from Liverpool, they have more meaty riffs than you can shake a stick at! The song 'Ludicrous Speed' is definately a metal anthem in the making. They also threw in a cover of 'The Great Southern Trendkill' which really got all the Pantera fans moving!”

Devolution Magazine

“Scare Tactics provided a heavy metal onslaught with that touch of class. Like humungous giants who play Beethoven's sonata Scare Tactics are terrifying yet they possess the graceful touch of an angel's wing. The entire night's highlight comes when the b-string on the bass snaps and the band are forced to improvise on a rendition of Stone The Crow by Down, the only cover version of the night and an impressive impromptu moment. Those here will remember Scare Tactic's first show of 2008 as an awesome one”

Alec Joyce - SCE ROCK