Sanhedrin (USA-NY)
The Poisoner


4.5
superb

Review

by PsychicChris USER (278 Reviews)
March 12th, 2019 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More grounded than the other traditional metal revivalists out there but easily one of the most interesting

After straddling the line between doom and classic metal on 2017’s A Funeral for the World, Sanhedrin has seemingly settled for the latter on their second full-length The Poisoner. Remnants of the former can still be found on the occasional slower tempos and darkly rustic atmosphere, but the driving guitar gallops and cutting vocals have clearly taken greater precedence. There’s even a bit of speed metal afoot as the bookending guitar blazes on “The Getaway” seem to be lifted straight out of Sanctuary’s “Battle Angels!”

There’s still plenty of varied songwriting to be found though. The album is at its best during the longer songs though each offers its own flavor as the opening “Meditation (All My Gods are Gone)” is mid-tempo epic metal fare, the title track opts for a moodier direction, and “In from the Outside” has an atmospheric makeover. The shorter tracks also make the most of their runtimes with “Wind on the Storm” in particular putting in a strong hook. I also enjoy the Orange Goblin vibes on “For the Wicked” to the point where I can vividly imagine Ben Ward gravelling along to it.

The musicianship is also rock solid, possessing a gritty attitude that perfectly suits the different styles on display. The guitar gets a hefty boost while still keeping an organic tone, the bass can always be felt despite not putting in the flashiest playing out there, and the drums provide a steady foundation that isn’t too technical nor too basic. The androgynous Dickinson-inspired style may make the vocals an acquired taste for some, but you can’t say that they don’t fit.

Overall, Sanhedrin successfully sustains their momentum on their second full-length album. The Poisoner is probably on the same high-quality level of A Funeral For the World, but its more refined style may give it an edge for more old school-minded metal fans. Its grounded approach may make it easier to overlook compared to the flashier traditional metal revivalists out there, but Sanhedrin deserves every bit of your attention.

Highlights:
“Meditation (All My Gods are Gone)”
“Wind on the Storm”
“The Poisoner”
“In from the Outside”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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Ebola
March 12th 2019


3497 Comments


Great concise write-up! Will definitely check this out.

hansoloshotfirst
March 12th 2019


1257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid album.

Digging: Dream Death - Journey Into Mystery

TorkshireYea
March 12th 2019


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Going for the big JAM now and right on the opener this sounds great. That hook is seriously good stuff.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2019


11542 Comments


Sounds like a step up from the debut. Great stuff.

Digging: Praying Mantis - Forever in Time

TorkshireYea
March 12th 2019


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Closer is delightfully 'massive'. Favourite track was probably 'For the Wicked', such a fun little groove on that one.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2019


14973 Comments


This is surprisingly good.

Digging: Elizabeth Colour Wheel - Nocebo

RunOfTheMill
March 13th 2019


3936 Comments


Good review. I saw this floating around in my Youtube recommended, I think I'll give it a spin now!

RunOfTheMill
March 13th 2019


3936 Comments


I've been listening to Traveler (CAN) a ton this past week so I'm looking to sink my teeth into more of this type. Anyone who likes this should give that one a go too!

TheNotrap
March 13th 2019


9828 Comments


The opener rocks, I dig their garage vibe

Digging: Venom Prison - Samsara

PsychicChris
March 14th 2019


317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Traveler's debut is pretty good. I should probably put my review of that on here at some point.

Ebola
March 14th 2019


3497 Comments


I really can't get used to these vocals

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2019


11542 Comments


Traveler is pretty good agreed. Have jammed it much more than this one.

hansoloshotfirst
March 14th 2019


1257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Traveller is pretty good but a tad too generic imo .

Have been listening a lot to the last Mega Colossus album and their new ep.



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