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Sentient
Brink Of Extinction
March 2010
Released: 2009,
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Sentient are one of the many, totally professional metal bands in and around Alberta, Canada. The three piece have been slogging it out for years in the clubs and the occasional support slot for some of the bigger international touring acts. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them many times and it is my pleasure to hear their latest offering, BRINK OF EXTINCTION. I suppose technically, after a few demos and an independent release this could be considered their official full-length debut, and for those not familiar with the band, what a great way to make a first impression! BRINK OF EXTINCTION rules!



Sentient deliver to us a pro-package with dark n’ evil graphics, an excellent presentation of a 10 page booklet with lyrics, liner notes, photos and a decent layout. A good start! Sonically Sentient deliver 10 crushing well-produced tracks of killer metal. Blending multiple influences, traditional metal, Death and Thrash, the overall effect is heavy as hell. There is a lot going on these songs and it is not shocking that bassist, Ranjit, is wearing his Rush belt buckle in the photo! The vocals, add that extra layer of intensity, reminding me at times of Jens Ryden, not too low or gruff, but still hateful.



The centerpiece of the album is the 16 minute, three-part song ‘Sentient’, which showcases the most dynamic and innovative songwriting on the disc. There are a few acoustic interludes to break up the proceedings, adding a nice flair and a break from the intensity. The musicianship is top-notch as it has to be in this crowded and competitive genre. Musicians have to be of high caliber to even enter the sweepstakes, but smart enough to retain a sense of song. Happily Sentient does that and BRINK OF EXTINCTION doesn’t fall off the rails and doesn’t sacrifice composition for the sake of showmanship. I don’t know why and most people might not hear the comparison but Sentient remind of a heavier, darker and perhaps meaner Nevermore.



Pair this album with the new Reverend Kill and the new Divinity and you’ll hear why Western Canada is becoming the hotspot for world-class Metal.
Track Listing

1. Assassin Of Existence
2. Mist
3. My Savage Lust
4. The Human Deceit
5. Of Dreams
6. Dead
7. Sentient I
8. Sentient II
9. Sentient III
10. Armageddon's Children

Lineup

Edmund - Vocals, Guitar
Ranjit - Bass
Tod - Drums

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