Flying the flag for Scotland’s increasingly potent scene, Glaswegian extremists From Sorrow To Serenity are perhaps the most thrilling prospect to emerge from the UK underground for some time. Simultaneously fresh-faced and ferocious, the five-piece teeter on the divide between ultra-modern tech-metal and uncompromising deathcore thud, the precision-tooled brutality of their debut full-length ‘Remnant Of Humanity’ displaying a young band who, quite remarkably, already sound like the finished article.
Tracks such as ‘Nescient’ and ‘Hellbound’ are surging metallic hammer blows, veering between blast ridden speed and lurching, low slung menace, whereas ‘Forsaken’ delivers an adrenaline pumping dose of turbo-charged complexity and bludgeoning groove. Indeed, the record plays out like a head on collision of contemporary ideas, jarring tempo shifts and touches of sci-fi squall (‘The Divide’) sitting alongside anthemic, scream along hooks (‘Illusive’). The best although is saved for last, with ‘The Way Back’s rampaging attack closing the record with a monstrous heavy slab of bug-eyed fury (thanks in no small part due to a cataclysmic appearance from ex-Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon).
It’s all incredibly assured stuff, From Sorrow To Serenity belying their tender years with a songwriting maturity and instrumental skill to put many of their peers, and indeed forebears in the shade.
Currently unsigned, but unlikely to remain so for very long, fans of cutting edge, contemporary violence would do well not to sleep on From Sorrow To Serenity. ‘Remnant Of Humanity’ slays.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)