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Review: Sentry - Sentry

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2024
Duration: 54:20
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: February 23, 2024
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.38/5 (87.69%) (13 Votes)

Quite a bit of anticipation for this one, as Sentry is essentially the remains of Manilla Road continuing on: Bryan Patrick on vocals, Neudi on drums, and bassist Phil Ross. When Mark Shelton died he took the Road with him, but the remaining three members decided they wanted to keep making music together. They recruited guitar player Kalli Coldsmith and formed Sentry.

I am somewhat surprised, but also pleased, that the band is not really trying to sound like Manilla Road. Neudi's drum sound is familiar, and the recording job is highly reminiscent of the band's later works, but Bryan is not leaning on the nasality he used to put in his voice to sound like Mark, and he sounds more like himself. Coldsmith is a fine player, but he has a different riff style, and the music lacks some of the epic quality of old Manilla Road songs. The leads, needless to say, are not on a level with Mark Shelton's playing, but nobody would be. Overall I give the band credit for not just trying to imitate the past and forging their own sound in the same general vein. If you miss Manilla Road, then songs like album high point "Valkyries (Raise the Hammers)" are about as close as you will get.

I call this a win. When Mark died an era came to an end, but he would have been the first to say the music was more important than he was, and that it has to go on. I am glad to see these guys forging ahead, and this is a very strong start.

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