It’s safe to say that Stoke-on-Trent’s Sertraline have been pretty busy in the two years between their brand new EP ‘Guilty’ and their previous effort, ‘Bury The Ghosts’. The metal quintet has been playing shows and small festivals across the country assembling a fan base. Their live show must be impressive to help them gather the traction that they have, because ‘Guilty’ is unfortunately less than impressive.
The title-track opens the EP, and right away we’re thrown head first into metal darkness. The intro finishes and it’s difficult not to notice the nasal quality of lead singer Lizzie Parry‘s voice. The harmonies are tight, but uninventive. Sadly, the unimaginative quality runs throughout the EP.
‘Nyeevise’ shows signs of the band trying to being catchy, but the hook doesn’t develop quite enough to penetrate the and remain as a memory. ‘I Admit The Blame’ has a pre-chorus reminiscent of ‘Fallen’-era Evanesnce, but without any of Amy Lee‘s charm or vulnerability.
The EP’s saving grace is the small motif that occurs throughout the release. The motif is a great idea and is executed well, but the repeated line could’ve been one with more depth and more intrigue. The lyric “you’re so unaware” can be heard during the opening track and closing. It’s possible that it can be heard between those tracks, but the lack of dynamic range means the listener’s attention is lost very easily.
It’s doubtful that Sertraline will win over any new fans with ‘Guilty’, but they’ll probably please fans that they’ve already won over. If you’re not already a fan of the band, it’s not worth bothering yourself with.
Written by Kat Hughes (@this_is_mouse)