A Funeral For The World
Cruz Del Sur
If there’s anyone that New York’s Sanhedrin remind me of, it has got to be Iron Maiden. Though that isn’t a bad thing by any means, especially when opener “Riding On The Dawn” sounds like a golden-age cut. As soon as the chorus hits, I’m already hooked and that’s a great sign. First track, first chorus and you’ve already got my attention? Not to mention a rather brilliant solo that goes above and beyond the call of duty? Put this one the radio right now and you’ll have people jumping at the bit for more of it. The production value here also sounds great, reminding me quite a bit of the first two Maiden discs. But that’s when things change.
The title cut comes in with a full-on doom number featuring grooves as thick as Black Sabbath‘s namesake track. What’s more, is that female vocals take the center stage here, which shows that the band doesn’t just use male and female vocal stylings interchangeably, but that they allow each vocalist to have their own place in the Sun. That’s a very cool thing, and not quite common for this scene at all. Furthermore, it’s not quite common for music in general. The next cut, “Demoness” comes in with a punk-inspired vibe. It’s definitely a hearty little jam number, once again showing the versatility of this band. We’ve heard classic heavy metal, doom and now a bit of a punk flavoring in the mix, so I can’t wait to hear what’s next. Though I don’t have to, because the song in question morphs into something much different in show of structure that I never expected. Sanhedrin can actually write riffs, and damned good ones at that. Then an earth-shattering solo comes in to sweeten the deal a little before the punk comes in to finish it out. “Collateral Damage” seems to return back to the heavily textured Maiden-esque territory of the opener, though to a much grander level. There’s a real sense of structure here, and you get that with great heavy metal. Sanhedrin has no need to be overly technical or to play a five-hundred thousand miles an hour.
Without spoiling the rest of the album, I can honestly say that fans of the genre are in for a completely awesome time with this one. It isn’t anything ultimately new, but it does manage to package the best of golden-age metal into a form that should still fit well with purists of all types. The record feels like it would have come out during the eighties heyday and that works for me. Check out this seismic blast from the past at the link below.
(8 Tracks, 45:00)
Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)