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Sanity Has Left the Building


4.0
excellent

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
November 29th, 2010 | 18 replies | 4,314 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An eclectic and multifaceted metal album

Could any of you imagine that if you put together hip hop, hardcore, alternative metal and some funk undertones the final result would come out as excellent? Yeah, I did not believe in that either, but then along came Subscribe, who managed to change my mind instantly. While the above-mentioned components shouldn't theoretically work too well when put together, they still somehow do on Sanity Has Left the Building. Maybe it’s because these components are very meticulously wrapped into a solid metal package, or maybe the band members are just that good at combining an amalgamation of different music styles, but Sanity Has Left the Building is one excellent and unique metal album.

The best thing about the album, as the reader might already guess, is surely the way all the influences work together for the benefit of Subscribe. Whether it be the jazzy break that makes its way through the beatdown riffs in "Feedback", the unexpected reggae section that suddenly pops up in "Mechanic-all", or the rapping in "Highfly" - all of these transitions and breaks are smooth, balanced and efficient (and they are far from being the only ones on the record). But it’s not only the addition of different musical styles that makes Sanity Has Left The Building such a great record.

Subscribe’s metal blueprint would probably work even if there wasn’t an addition of different musical styles. The rhythms here can range from your casual up-down funksters to irrational, with a quirky lead playing over them. Or the band can just resort to heavy, hardcore-edged riffing, doesn't matter, as everything they do admittedly works. What's also lovable about these guys is that they are clearly having a lot of fun, as the overall feel here is rather wacky, with the lyrics being tongue-in-cheek and playful most of the time as well (an example from "Mechanic-all": I wanna lick your brain, yes/ I want to ***, *** your ass, yes/here ain't no place for soul/in a world built on lies/no place for rock and roll/
it's all mechanic-all
). There are a few serious songs on the album too ("Friendship", "Unity"), but they don't detract much from the general trivial content of the lyrics.

One thing that can not be left unmentioned is the brilliant work of dual vocalists Bálint Csongor and Máté Tilk, of whom Tilk is mostly an accomplished growler and Csongor is, well, pretty much excellent in everything else but growling. The combined vocal attack of the two is laudable and adds a whole new layer to the band’s music.

If I had to place Subscribe on the musical map then they would probably end up somewhere between bands such as Incubus and Sikth, for being similar to both, but a good deal heavier than Incubus and less extreme and technical than Sikth. Subscribe are rather technical, but not over the top, they incorporate a bunch of styles into their metal sound, but never do they push it over the limit, the vocal delivery is pretty crazy, but never does it become overbearing. Sanity Has Left the Building is a metal album that doesn’t exactly push the limits, but rather makes the most of those given, showing that one does not need to break boundaries to be original, and that is where the true value of this record lies.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I was out of ideas for the summary. Also, I haven't been writing much these past two months so if it's a little rusty I apologize.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never really been a flashy writer haha. I appreciate the feedback though.

Also, the vocalists don't really have much in common, the comparison was more based on the way both bands spice up their metal sound (and Sikth are still more technical for sure than Subscribe). Here the vocal variety is very high, there are screams, growls, singing and some "crazed" delivery as well.

MassiveAttack
November 29th 2010



2688 Comments


METALSTYLES SIGHTING!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't realise that it's that rare nowadays haha.

MassiveAttack
November 29th 2010



2688 Comments


Haven't seen one of 'em in awhile.

Xenosapien
November 29th 2010



4 Comments


and these guys put on a killer live show. tough they are always stoned out of their fuckin minds. weird seeing them reviewed here

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't seen one of 'em in awhile.
Yeah it's been kinda boring here so I've just reverted to lurking lately.

Can't comment on their live show myself but I would love to see 'em live, that's for sure. And yes, I do (try to) cover the kind of stuff no one else does.

Xenosapien
November 29th 2010



4 Comments


Good review btw. If you liked this you should try their second album stuck progress to moon. They added some folk elements though, and it's kinda idiotic sometimes.

MassiveAttack
November 29th 2010



2688 Comments


This doesn't sound like my thing ...at all haha

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, no it does not Marko haha.

And yeah I have their second album too Xenosapien. I like this one more, but that one's alright too. Thanks btw.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



16263 Comments


The review was good, it seems like its been forever since you wrote one haha. Album doesn't seem interesting to me, though.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reading anyway man. I've noticed you haven't reviewed much either these past months.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



16263 Comments


I've been absolutely swamped with papers for college, so that coupled with the lack of interesting new releases has been kind of disheartening. I plan on writing a bunch of reviews of good 2010 albums that haven't been reviewed yet.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool man, definitely looking forward to them. I was thinking about doing the same thing at one point, but I've been rather low on inspiration lately so I kind of abandoned the plan.

DrKilljoy
November 29th 2010



21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see that Subscribe are finally getting some aknowledgment on Sputnik. 'Been following these guys for a while. This is a little bit better than Stuck progress to the Moon, imo.

pizzamachine
November 29th 2010



12571 Comments


Uh-oh, I'd probably hate this. Good review though!

METALSTYLES SIGHTING! [2]


MassiveAttack
November 29th 2010



2688 Comments


lol

North0House
November 29th 2010



1764 Comments


Hmmm, I might check it out. Sounds kinda like a more experimental video of Irreversible lol.




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