New Jersey metallers SANATORIUM SIX have been writing and performing music for a while, but the band is taking it to a new level with the release of new EP VIOLENCE out on October 18th, 2019.
SANATORIUM SIX is a music project from Pompton Lakes/Wanaque, Northern New Jersey, lining up Gerswin Reynolds at vocals, guitar and piano, Laven Reese at lead guitar and Chris Anthony Basile at bass. The band debuted on the scene with first EP The Anthems Of The Damned in 2016.
Earlier on in July 2019, the band announced the release of their sophomore EP Violence due out in October. Along with the announcement the act unleashed forerunner THE KILLER IN ME, a dark and dramatic single, followed by the title track VIOLENCE in August.
Now armed with a new album, the band finally dropped their new 7-track banger to critical acclaim. The record is also hosting the guest appearances of Jimmy Ramos and John Niemiec at drums.
SANATORIUM SIX. VIOLENCE EP.
Track by track review
This new record finds Sanatorium Six honing their craft with a fiery instrumental-vocal combo to keep you on your toes and hooks to die for, topped off with compelling lyrics.
The EP kicks off with the unsettling opener Burn The World. The song starts with a haunting riff building up towards a breakdown. The guitar interplay sets a groovy tone all across the track, ready to kick ass on the blistering chorus. While there is a large use of clean vocals shrouded in mystery, bleeding screams are at the forefront, dominating with an unbridled sense of pain and aggression. The grinding bass and whirling guitar riff you can easily spot, instil a sense of suspense, while frantic neck-snapping drums (and episodes of stellar blast beats!) round out the heaviness of the track. The entire song does an excellent job of setting up the creepy atmosphere lying in the depths of aggression.
Clearly stepping into heavy territories, Sanatorium Six fire it up a little bit more on title track Violence encompassing a level of full-throttled intensity and hitting hard with a fast paced tone. A subtle police siren in the background gives way to a slab of chuggy riffs smashed apart by a barrage of screamed vocals throughout the song. In the second half the breakneck enthusiasm turns down the tempo and is fading towards a tense interlude providing a pause before diving back into the final rampage.
An arena-rock-like anthem is up third: Apathy. Sanatorium Six here combine and showcase their versatile talent fusing together a multitude of genres from alternative metal to hard rock with a vintage flair and creating a unique formula of their own. Ball crunching riffage and a bombastic headbanging groove combine an extra element with the introduction of subtle keyboards. Shiny solos add up to the formula. Sing along (or scream along??) comes across as a must on the extra powerful chorus.
Sanatorium Six are not afraid to push the boundaries reaching out to dark melodic ambient. So here you go a dark and brooding song, driven by a haunting guitar work, The Killer In Me. A dense ambient spacing oozes through the headphones – courtesy of the atmospheric backdrop and minimal instrumentals – make the song eerie, creepy and familiar while still new. In this song Gerswin grabs his chance to shine on the clean range, bare and melancholic to perfectly suit the dark mood of the song. A mellow piano lingers in between the notes. Gradually, the track builds up to an angsty climax, where the gnarling harsh vocals kick in and the merciless guitar matches them against the furious outro.
Damaged follow up with similar intensity with a catchy guitar hook laying constantly in the background. Filled with unexpected musical transitions from heaviness to dramatic melodic and my personal favorite guitar work of the whole record, the song transports us to some familiarities in the alt-metal post-grunge soundscape, specifically from bands such as Seether. The song is particularly powerful in setting a heart broken tone for the record. An out-of-the-box blend of moodiness and desperation, equal parts frustrated and ready to fire on all cylinders. It’s a beautifully mournful song depicting haunting emotions and dark words that touch you so profoundly that you know it’s about something serious.
Listen to Sanatorium Six – Damaged (Official Audio):
New Cult Celebrity invokes a sense of frenzy and shines on catchiness, still on the hard rock side of things, courtesy of the guitar work that makes is deliciously headbangable. A journey of sick riffs grab the listener by the throat from start to finish. The effective groovy rhythm and emotionally raw vocal performance on the catchy chorus ensure that the fierceness doesn’t stale for a second.
Closer track Calling All Devils showcases a razor-sharp riffing and one last glorious solo. Revolving around another sparkling and headbang inducing chorus – perfect blend of hook, catchiness and sing along ability – the band closes on a heavy note where the terrain explored is again an unadulterated blast of hard rock.
Front-to-back VIOLENCE EP is an explosive collection of Sanatorium Six’s truths and anthems. If you’re looking for adrenaline-fueled music, THIS IS YOUR RECORD. Support the underground scene.
Suggested tracks: Burn The World, The Killer In Me, Damaged, Calling All Devils
Sanatorium Six – Violence EP tracklisting:
1. Burn the World
4. The Killer In Me
6. New Cult Celebrity
7. Calling All Devils
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