Sutrah (CAN)
Aletheia


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (326 Reviews)
March 25th, 2020 | 18 replies


Release Date: 03/13/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A summary of modern death metal expressionism.

Sutrah’s newest piece is a solid slab of progressive death metal with more experience than this relatively unknown act should be known for - especially considering the musicians that build Aletheia’s thirty minute length come from a host of well-known to prolific acts in Chthe’ilist, Benighted, Mithridatic, and ex-Svart Crown - but that’s not Sutrah’s biggest calling card. Aletheia itself is an expressive, diverse listen broken into four separate movements that compliment the next and ultimately culminate into an ambitious [almost] sixteen minute display of devastating death metal.

Despite the overall promise found within such a short release, Aletheia starts off in quite a sedate fashion. The likes of “Umwelt” opens with a play on chordal dynamics and jutting rhythms. The mood here is mostly calming, but hints at a turmoil yet to come. Light melodies mix in with the band's trudging moments and the atmospheric build remains steady, preventing any overreach too early within the group's central theology. “Lethe” however is a complete workforce. Dissonant freneticism in the guitars is met with equal furor behind the drums; “Lethe’ takes the slow build of the EP’s opening track and accelerates it, tenfold. Blast beats and deep growls quickly become the norm, but the atmospheric build up to come before it remains constant and unyielding even as the dual vocal efforts of Bao and Bellemare run off each other with devastatingly clear results. From here, this little EP only builds. “Dwell” shelters on a nonchalant introduction laced with subtle melancholy - but builds into a progressive death metal onslaught that acts as the EP’s gateway to finality finally breaches the ebb and flow.

It’s this build up that gives so much power to the [near] sixteen minute “Genèse”. But more importantly, ““Genèse” is given the time to flesh out its ideas and meander between the a-typical brutal aesthetics that have defined defined the genre over the course of the last thirty years and also, explore natural deviations within the musicians influences (just like that melodic solo in that brings both optimism and hope).

Aletheia however has the usual trappings of an EP type release; even though the record pulls a decent thirty minute run time, there’s still a feeling that Sultrah have more to offer, both musically and in context. Most of the music suffers from a larger than life feeling that could do with another ten to twenty minutes of material. This condensed format, despite all its promise, misses out on that “something more”. The deliberate prose of “Genèse” is undoubtedly uplifting in quality - but it’s not enough to push the threshold of indisputably ‘quality” death metal material. Give it another few years and another full-length and Sultrah’s greatness will assuredly be achieved the way it was intended.

It’s almost pre-emptive to say that Sultrah have opened a gateway to all sorts of deathly possibilities, but at its core is a pre-album hinting at potential, rather than achieving it in full. Sure, it’s a cop-out, but there’s a huge world of death metal out there and Aletheia doesn’t transcend the need for the “new” while there’s still the Ulcerate, Blood Incantation and Gorguts’ of this world still out there.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2020


11906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://sutrahmetal.bandcamp.com/

parksungjoon
March 25th 2020


15968 Comments


deathly possibilities


gotta czech for sure

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bloc
March 25th 2020


60100 Comments


Canadian dm? The least I can do is check it

zakalwe
March 25th 2020


30226 Comments


It’s Canadian so it’s an 80% chance it’ll be useless.

Deathconscious
March 25th 2020


24111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dunes was better. What happened to the bass?

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2020


10467 Comments


The reviews start comin' and they don't stop comin'

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bloc
March 25th 2020


60100 Comments


I'm in the 20%

Relinquished
March 25th 2020


43511 Comments


20% of the 80% is still useless

bloc
March 25th 2020


60100 Comments


Shut up you're from Florida so you're useless by default

Relinquished
March 25th 2020


43511 Comments


we make more money and entertainment than most of Canada

some of your favourite "actresses" filmed here

bloc
March 25th 2020


60100 Comments


I always wanted to be a porn director did I ever tell you that? I think I have the mind for it

parksungjoon
March 25th 2020


15968 Comments


woah wolfe is a florida man?

Relinquished
March 25th 2020


43511 Comments


I wouldn’t say I was

until I lived being a Florida Man

parksungjoon
March 25th 2020


15968 Comments


the best florida man clearly

TheNotrap
March 26th 2020


13413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great tech, the transverse riff is quite interesting. It'll probably be among my favorite EPs of the year.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


11906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Me too Notrap,

bloc
March 27th 2020


60100 Comments


Good lord this thing is amazing. It's super melodic too which is a great bonus

Deathconscious
March 27th 2020


24111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I might bump this up, there is some really cool shit on here.



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