Sannhet
Known Flood


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Newton USER (45 Reviews)
August 11th, 2013 | 34 replies


Release Date: 07/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sannhet hits the ground running with a debut that tempts your imagination while pummeling your ears.

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Sannhet has managed to brew up a following the hard way. As in business, initial investment pays dividends, and the post-black metal trio has parlayed an intense touring schedule and wicked live show into a growing fan base in only a few years. Sannhet’s debut album, Known Flood, distills all of this work into a 45-minute barrage that falls somewhere between early Isis and U.S. Black Metal acts like Krallice (whose guitarist Colin Marston recorded the album). Known Flood is about as spot-on as any title could be: the songs here ebb and flow from devastating metallic bursts to long periods of ambience and percussion-driven interludes. Early cut “Invisible Wounds” begins with a bizarre, spacey Sprechstimme piece that sounds like an incantation sung through a box fan, then transitions suddenly into pounding tom-toms and guitar distortion, in a fitting encapsulation of the album’s sound.

Sannhet’s assembly of these songs, which generally hover in the four to seven minute range, sounds almost primeval – there are hazy radio broadcasts, juxtaposed guitar harmonics, and all manner of delay-riddled sounds that bring to mind Venom’s “In League with Satan” in equal turn with post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “Slow Ruin” has perhaps the most intense peak here, riding blast-beat drumming and restlessly shifting chord structures, but opens humbly with sounds of rushing water that tie into the album’s flood theme. Working in Sannhet’s favor is its willingness to keep things succinct, as the bevy of intricately-assembled samples throughout Known Flood could be exhausting in more idle hands. There are few complaints to be made about the actual performances here, as drummer Christopher Todd carries the album with creative percussion arrangements and guitarist John Reffano lays down solid, if genre-typical, melodic lines.

Despite being a generally instrumental act, Sannhet fills the space normally occupied by vocals admirably with impressionistic soundscapes. Set between a pair of seven-minute behemoths, “Haunches” is a claustrophobic outburst that decompresses around the three-minute mark into what sounds like an answering machine recording of a train going through a windy mountain passage. Therein lies the beauty of Known Flood – Sannhet gives little concrete to hold onto, but just enough for your imagination to complete the puzzle. By the time “Still Breathing” comes along, with a fickle introductory bass line courtesy of AJ Annunziata and an anxiety-piquing speech sample, you’re locked into the atmosphere and the following onrush of black metal becomes a stirring climax. Perhaps there’s nothing particularly revelatory about mating Black Cascade to F♯ A♯ ∞, but Sannhet has come up with a consistently engaging album in Known Flood. Those who worship Neurosis and lament the incest of USBM will have a ball with Sannhet, and really, Known Flood ought to be of interest to anyone who enjoys both the darkly intense and avant-garde.



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TrueBlood
August 11th 2013


1388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A solid review sir, Pos'd.

pedro70512
August 11th 2013


3149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

(First posted on MuzikDizcovery.com)

@TrueBlood, thanks man.

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zaruyache
August 12th 2013


6894 Comments


Good review.


Edit: they're supposed to be instrumental, but "Haunches" has vocals.

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pedro70512
August 12th 2013


3149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Vocals, or something like it. Thanks, I'll make some wording changes to reflect that.

burningbeard
August 12th 2013


113 Comments


Good review, you've made me want to check this out.

PunchforPunch
August 12th 2013


6280 Comments


instrumental BM? not sure if i am going to like it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2013


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Sounds really cool, will check. Good review!

Willie
Moderator
August 12th 2013


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

This is an awesome album. I wouldn't call it instrumental black metal, though. It definitely has a lot of black metal influence in it, but there's more to it than that.

Ignimbrite
August 12th 2013


5388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, great review.

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Wizard
August 12th 2013


19522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sounds like it could give me a boner. Nice review buddy.

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 12th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent record. RIYL deafheaven

Keyblade
August 13th 2013


15029 Comments


I remember wanting to hear this many months back, but of hadn't leaked yet. I completely forgot about it, thanks for reminding me. Hope it's good.

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burningbeard
August 13th 2013


113 Comments


Listened to a couple tracks and idk, they were really reminiscent of Diadem era WitTR only with a shorter song structure, to the extent I'd probably just listen to Diadem over this.

Wizard
August 13th 2013


19522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit is this ever good.

Wizard
August 13th 2013


19522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't generally rate albums a 4.5 after 2 listens but holy fuck, I love this type of hybridized black metal. Sounds like Tombs and that's cool by me.

Willie
Moderator
August 13th 2013


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Glad you like this. I was supposed to review it and flaked.

Wizard
August 13th 2013


19522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's everything I love about the American bm scene mixed with a good dash of the atmospheric parts of Tombs/ Burst. Two bands you should listen to Willie.

Got my Carcass review well on it's way!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2013


6205 Comments


album stream: http://sannhet.bandcamp.com/

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pedro70512
August 13th 2013


3149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tombs is pretty cool. I saw them open for Ulcerate last year.

"I was supposed to review it and flaked." Thanks :P

sniper
August 13th 2013


19076 Comments


def gonna get this, excellent review as well



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