Prayers of Sanity
Released: 2012, Independent
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
“Old School Thrash”; A term adopted by most metal heads who have been growing their hair and sporting a beard showing off their Slayer T-shirt for the past twenty years. Well, guys, here’s one for you.
“Confrontations” is the second release from Portuguese thrashers “Prayers of Sanity”. The band formed in 2007 with vocalist Tiao, Bassist Carlo and former guitarist Andre. After their first release in 2009 “Religion Blindness” the band embarked on shows outside of Portugal, including the U.K and E.I.R and have shared the stage with the likes of Gama Bomb, Municipal Waste and Sworn Amongst across Europe, and this second release is definitely a good listen.
As is the case most of the time, no album is perfect, and this album indeed does have it’s flaws, but it’s a case of the pros far outweighing the cons. The album kicks off in style with an intro into the title track, which is where you’re instantly greeted by the high pitched scream of things to come.
A flawless vocal performance, here, is accompanied by some great production and some classic musicianship, with shades of Evile and Slayer it’s definitely the newest retro cut I’ve heard.
The guys have placed a lot of thought into this effort, with technical hooks that leave you wanting more, tantalizing the listener every so often and you will find yourself being baited through the album, but fear not, the rewards are there to be discovered. The first five tracks share a similar common theme of good ol' thrash like goodness, and then track six, “Inside 4 Walls” offers something different, and I have to say I was very pleased to hear the crisp beautiful sound of an acoustic guitar with some mellow vocals and a slow, satisfying drum beat. To me this song really defines the album as it breaks away from the thrash for just a moment and offers an almost love - like song, and it’s a beauty. After this, the melody returns and the thrash keeps powering on right to the end in a very well developed album.
As for the flaws, as small as they are, vocally and lyrically it struck me as a bit cheesy and cliché, some of the lyrics may leave you with creases in your face and making eye contact with the nearest person who heard the same thing. I was also hoping the songs would be longer as I felt a prog element to this album would have hit the nail on the head, but that’s merely a personal want for more metal, so I wont be greedy.
Overall I’d recommend this album, whilst not being fantastic, it’s a great effort and a decent listen and I’d keep an eye on these guys. I’ve never heard of Portuguese metal, but I’m liking what I hear and I think you guys will too.
Review by Andrew May