Sanctity
Road to Bloodshed


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
March 25th, 2011 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After being presented to Roadrunner Records by Trivium’s Matthew K. Heafy does Sanctity live up to or surpass the metal community’s expectations?

American metal has taken a step to higher ground after stepping off the sinking ship that has plagued Roadrunner Records of the past few years. Sanctity’s debut effort ‘Road To Bloodshed’ with its crushing albeit heard before guitar riffs, melodic solos, and somewhat unique vocal styling’s have steadily been giving Sanctity the growing attention of the metal community.

Sanctity’s music can be roughly described as ‘modern thrash’ and while that title may not be entirely correct as they incorperate elements of metalcore and power metal. The vocals contain a 80s hard rock yelled style. Being brought to the Roadrunner Records label by Matt Heafy, a label known for producing quality metal for the last twenty-five years leaves a lot on the table for most new comers to the metal genre. When listeners are presented with this ‘new age thrash’ they for the most part will be impressed enough to wait for a follow up album.

Throughout the twelve tracks album listeners may find themselves repeating parts if not whole of tracks. Sanctity present a very groove filled thrash album making a very enjoyable listen for those after something a little different on the Roadrunner label.

Instrumentally this album comes in at almost top notch. The overall drum work on Road To Bloodshed show interesting levels of contrast and does not sit directly in a double bass filled effort of thirty-two note patterns, occasional bursting and untraditional drum fills a peppered throughout the album and the extended drum kit allows more tom cymbal work an example of this is the cymbal china work in the introduction of the last track “Once Again” a very tasteful and interesting section before leading into the rest of the fast paced and groove filled track. The overall guitar work of Sanctity while not exactly anything new works well with various amounts of guitar chugging, palm muted riffs and melodic patterns layered over the top or underneath main ideas. The guitar solos display a great sense of technical ability showing that they really know how to play their instruments. Furthermore showing some creative contrast Sanctity uses an acoustic styled bridge during the track ‘Beloved Killer’ drawing the listener in before hitting them with a highly enjoyable guitar solo. The bass guitar work seems to be hidden under the highly noticeable guitar and drum work and fades in and out in parts of tracks and this seems to be a main problem with metal mixes in modern day metal. Lastly the vocal work of Sanctity whilst not overly melodic almost suits the music well, this however seems to be the main down point of the album and it appears that the band would greatly improve by the inclusion of a slightly more melodic vocal styling.

Road To Bloodshed displays a great level of hope for the metal community and those that are particular of the thrash and metalcore genres bringing different elements to the table and combining them in a manner that creates a somewhat unique sound overall. New age American metal is taking a step in the right direction showing great potential for what is to come. Road To Bloodshed definitely surpasses the metal community’s expectations. This is an album to get if you like thrash, metalcore or metal in general.

Highlights Include: Laws Of Reason, Beloved Killer, Seconds, and Once Again.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
balcaen
March 25th 2011


3183 Comments


"Sanctity’s music can be roughly described as ‘modern thrash’ and while that title may not be entirely correct as they combine elements of metalcore and power metal, the vocals contain a 80s hard rock yelled style."

is it just or does this sentence not make sense?

interesting review otherwise, though i can't see myself ever liking this band. something about thrash+power metal+80s hard rock wailing is too much cheese on my metal taco

balcaen
March 25th 2011


3183 Comments


double post. stupid iphone

ButcheredChildren
March 25th 2011


5591 Comments


balcaen brings up an excellent point dude
also just name the genre that band fits under, don't worry so much about "possible" genres

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2011


7127 Comments


Yep missed that bit, will fix, way to go on the double post though. And its a pretty good listen especially if your way too sick of the mainsteam stuff.


There should read a little better now.

ButcheredChildren
March 25th 2011


5591 Comments


better, pos!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2011


7127 Comments


@balcaen at least give it one run through you might end up being surprised.

KILL
March 25th 2011


72280 Comments


this is so boring

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

DoubtGin
March 25th 2011


6752 Comments


"does Sanctity live up to or surpass the metal community’s expectations?"

asking this sort of questions is ugh

good read, otherwise

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2011


7127 Comments


@doughtgin, noted.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2011


7127 Comments


As always constructive criticism is appreciated.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2011


7127 Comments


Taters is back!
i actually like the billy seals track least on the album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2011


7127 Comments


Don't like my rating taters ?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2011


7127 Comments


Back to the age old discussion of people are going like what people are going to like



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