ALBUM REVIEW: From Sorrow To Serenity – Reclaim

Release Date: March 22nd 2019
Label: Long Branch Records
Website: www.fromsorrowtoserenity.com
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Rating:

Since their inception, From Sorrow To Serenity have steadily risen through the ranks, and they’re ready to grasp that and thrust it further with their second full-length effort, ‘Reclaim’.

Beginning with an introduction of semi-muted instruments, ‘Denounce’ grinds the gears in a furore of ferocious guitar riffs and confrontational vocals that creates an emphatic opening. The overall industrial style guitar sound isn’t too far from that used in the DOOM soundtrack that was deep, heavy, and headbanging-ly in rhythm as utilised here.

Upping the ante, ‘We Are Liberty’ begins in an initial tirade of speed metal that’s quickly transitioned into a riot act of chorusing vocals, declaring “Fight! Fight! Lift yourself up! Rise! Rise!”, backed up by the flaring nostrils of Ian Baird‘s kick pedals that deal as much impact as any other instrument in the ensemble. It’s an outright declaration of intent.

Traversing the realms of metalcore, the record’s titular track tames the storm for a brief breath of distant guitars and echoing screams before spiralling into a death throw of groove riffs and resilient screams from vocalist Gaz King who retains a consistent and constant intensity throughout.

Throwing a spanner into the works, ‘7’ is an off-kilter display of the band’s dexterity, using weird combinations of timed guitar plunges and solos that don’t quite match up, but somehow still meld into an effective soundscape.

Closing out proceedings is ‘Resurgence’, which stretches the brief further to include clean vocal work and erupting breakdowns that combine into a final progressive onslaught.

There’s little to pick apart in this experience. The only downfall is there isn’t maybe enough experimentation to reach the heady heights of metal legends. Still, From Sorrow To Serenity prove that they certainly know what they’re good at, and quite frankly they’re brilliant at it.