Seizures
The Sanity Universal


4.8
classic

Review

by Adam Thomas EMERITUS
January 26th, 2014 | 136 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Powerful, precise, and perfect.

I make no doubts about it, I love metalcore. Back when I was fifteen, bands like Botch, Coalesce, and Deadguy pushed my own personal boundaries on what I considered punk at the time. Being born in the 80's in southern California made it so I was on the front lines when punk “broke”, but where the bands that I was introduced to by my neighbors and their older brothers as a kid like Minor Threat and Rancid carved their visions out of a handful of simple chords, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Drowningman crafted tomes out of fury and dissonance. As the genre evolved and changed from Boston's noisiest to Boston's most melodic in the early 2000's, the exploding cavalcade of time changes, tritones, and two note nails-across-chalkboard noises pretty much disappeared with the exception of a couple last hanger-ons. Even now, in the age where every forgotten trend of someone's youth is making a comeback, the style is still only barely surviving. Mainstays like Converge are going more and more into His Hero Is Gone crust territory, KEN Mode are building more and more on their noise rock influences than their hardcore ones, and Gaza is... well, lets not talk about that.

That is why I am so enamored with the latest record from Seizures. Where the band in the past kept their off the walls antics reigned in, The Sanity Universal unleashes the floodgates. The result is a pure throwback to all things heavy, discordant, and ugly that sounds ripped straight out of my teenage years. The Sanity Universal is built on constantly shifting ground, and Seizures move every which way in line with its foundation. Every riff is a smack in the face with a fretboard on fire. It churns its way across frenetic fills, d-beat drumming, buzzsaw diminished runs, and more acrobatic hammer-ons than what Botch packed into their entire discography. It's a beautiful and calculated mess; an auditory train wreck in the best of ways. “Suicide Support Hotline” grooves just as hard as anything Coalesce managed to concoct during their original heyday, “Kansas” builds on both the metal tinged chaos of The Red Chord's debut as well as the atmospheric decay that turned Cave In into a household name outside of just the hardcore scene, and “Ante Meridiem” out-We Are the Romans Botch at their own game. It's fucking glorious.

Plain and simple there has been no metalcore, mathcore, noisecore, whatever the heck you want to call it record this stunning since before James Dewees was wasting his talent on the side of the stage at My Chemical Romance concerts. The Sanity Universal is, without a doubt, something we're going to be looking back on in ten years with reverence and awe. It's powerful, precise, and, well, perfect. To put it bluntly, it's a classic.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Emeritus
January 25th 2014


17241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

This is getting a remaster/2xLP press on Melotov records sometime this year and I'm stoked on that. Dudes definitely deserve some love.

YourDarkAffected
January 25th 2014


1760 Comments


this is sweet.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2014


4189 Comments


you use hangers-on and hanging on in the span of 2 sentences but ace review otherwise

Athom
Emeritus
January 25th 2014


17241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

good catch. changed. thanks

Veldin
January 25th 2014


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This sounds really awesome so far.

For those interested: http://seizures.bandcamp.com/album/the-sanity-universal-2013

BigSneakySnatch
January 25th 2014


343 Comments


that intro song is nice, will definitely get this

intotheshit
January 26th 2014


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I couldn't believe what I was hearing when I finally jammed this. Incredible. I hear influences from botch to Dillinger to see Rorschach. Amazing.

Veldin
January 26th 2014


2650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Unrelenting for an hour straight.

Calc
January 26th 2014


14817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lovin this...

Digging: Towkio - Community Service 2

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2014


7104 Comments


Great review, mindpos.


one tiny correction:

barely survivng

surviving


I recently stumbled across a Milwaukee outfit called Enabler and judging from your review description, both acts seem to be on the same page.

http://enablermke.bandcamp.com/album/shift-of-redemption

JS19
January 26th 2014


5566 Comments


I need this so badly. Gonna wait for the remaster

Digging: Converge - You Fail Me (Redux)

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 26th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so fuckin good

ConorIsNotHere
January 26th 2014


1308 Comments


Chanter was pretty interesting. Colour me intrigued.

SeaAnemone
January 26th 2014


21394 Comments


need this so hard

Athom
Emeritus
January 26th 2014


17241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

made a couple edits to this that hopefully make it read better.

Mort.
January 26th 2014


10798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy shit this is good.

Digging: Bleak - No Light, No Tunnel

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2014


6386 Comments


Great review, copping now

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2014


23950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is ridiculously good

Itwasthatwas
January 27th 2014


911 Comments


"I make no doubts about it" is this an actual phrase that people use?
Looking forward to hearing this

dimsim3478
January 27th 2014


7175 Comments


I recently stumbled across a Milwaukee outfit called Enabler

lol drummer from Fall Out Boy used to be in that band

Digging: Owen - The King Of Whys



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