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Sanity Burns
September 2012
Released: 2012, Self-released
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

It’s been a rather busy time for London metallers Sanity Burns; having played alongside big acts such as Tesseract and being featured on Blood Stocks radio, the band took some much needed time into producing their debut album. Now after five years since the band’s formation their self-titled release is finally available to their ever-growing fan base.

Opening with ‘Relentless’ the guitar riffs and screechy vocals conjure with a fret tapping solo picks up as the brutal drumming becomes prevalent, providing a real thrash metal powerhouse of an opener. Picking up the pace, ‘Eternity’ opens with group vocals and slow drum beat and bass thud before charging forward in a punk speed and galloping drums. The solid guitar work remains consistent throughout whilst the melodic breakdown and shriek growls lead guitar wizardry thrown in for good measure. Much of the album contains many of these aforementioned qualities but with a strong range of brutal experimentation such as the punchy angst of ‘Killed in Action’ to the heavy drumming assault on ‘Fracture’ which wouldn’t sound out of place on Dream Theater’s more heavier work.

In ‘Embers’, a different side to the band is shown, with a clean acoustic intro and ghastly vocals that send shivers down your spine your guaranteed to find something entirely satisfying about the different approach to song writing found here. A highlight of the album is found in ‘Ashes’ which throws the listener back into the heavier thrash forefront, with a soaring chorus and a well written lyrical narrative, the lead guitar solos push things forward while a melodic breakdown “My hands are shaking it’s the devil within me”. ‘Black Widow’ interestingly works with the accented spoken dialogue running alongside the song, with a strong emphasis upon bass guitar’s weighty sense of gravity. The later half provides a head banging riff section with some face battering drumming. Closing track, ‘Schizophrenia’ unfolds with an acoustic intro and serves as the longest song on the album. Drums wade their way in with foreboding guitar thrash induced riffs and growls before dispersing and into a hidden track with an acoustic vibe.

Final word, it is evident that Sanity Burns have put a lot of work into this record and with infectiously addictive riffs, intricate drumming, and plenty of well thought out guitar solos to indulge yourself in there is little to be criticised here. The album is also well produced giving the band of this calibre the sound quality they deserve. Nice work guys hope to see you soon.

Review by Ben Spencer
Track Listing

1. Relentless
2. Eternity
3. Killed In Action
4. Fracture
5. Embers
6. Ashes
7. Massacre
8. Black Widow
9. Shit faced
10. Schizophrenia


Arnaud Hoarau - Vocals, rythm guitar
James Phoenix - Lead Guitar,
Don Merritt - Bass Guitar,
Hugo Terva - Drums

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