|Review: Saratan - Antireligion|
Label: My Kingdom Music
Year released: 2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: August 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (8 Votes)
Hailing from Poland, Saratan are a band being billed at thrash metal and I must admit it was quite nice to hear something that wasn't in the same vein as the majority of the new wave thrash metal bands. In fact I use the term thrash metal quite loosely when describing this band's sound. While I can tell that their sound was built upon a thrash foundation, they mesh in a lot of modern influences with a touch of groove. In fact these guys are pretty cool, and while nothing mind blowing or original sounds fresh to these ears. The drum work is really cool hear, with some nice double bass work and calculated blasting. The guitars have a jagged tone to them, with a nice amount of distortion and clarity. Solos are handled very nicely, and a great example would be in the intro to album opener "Extinguishing the Hope". The vocals are somewhat of a weak point here, although they remain largely inoffensive throughout and hardly detract from overall enjoyment. At only 9 tracks and just over 33 minutes, this album plays through nicely, with minor filler and of course at such a short runtime never overstays its welcome.
Tracks such as the aforementioned "Extinguishing the Hope", "Destroy Yourself" and "Antireligion Pt.1" all standout as highlights, and also as the most poignant, hate-filled tracks on offer; guaranteed to get the blood pumping. They utilize a discordant guitar sound numerous times throughout the album, with both guitars stabbing at you over a backdrop of rumbling double bass work, this is best demonstrated in "Destroy Yourself". Album closer "Antireligion Pt.2" also deserves special mention, starting with an almost eastern sounding intro that busts out into some demented riffage with great tremolo bar use on the guitars. I'd say this track stands as the most interesting on the album and I'd like to see this direction explored more next time around. For now though Antireligion certainly cuts it, and gets my seal of approval. If you're a fan of modern metal, or Testament's recent output, then you should give this a look.
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