Release Date: 23rd of February, 2018
TL;DR: ‘Made Wrong‘ demonstrates some fantastic musicianship through rhythmic expression and pure emotion. Each track is tight and the topics addressed throughout the EP are portrayed without an ounce of indecisiveness.
‘Made Wrong‘ is the debut EP from four-piece Mackay band Sanctum & Solace. The group released the singles ‘Slave‘, ‘1096‘ and ‘Taedium Vitae‘ last year, and a demo EP in 2016.
Intro is exactly as the title depicts it, but boy is it a jam packed 36 seconds. The guitar tones are gnarly, the snare is piercing and the masked vocals are harsh. It ends a little more abruptly than it begins but ultimately sets a solid statement for the rest of the EP.
Before you even get a chance to comprehend the introduction you get immediately thrown into the next track: Slave (lyric video below). This track is incredibly tense. The lyrical content is heavy and the vocals are rough as guts. How well the band meshes overall really shows as the track begins to slow down, no one misses a beat or is out of place. The conclusion to this track is a complete opposite to its beginning but the transition is absolutely flawless.
1096 would appear a little less intense than the previous track at first. Once the vocals kick in you really get a feel for how hectic 1096 is. The vocals are back and forth during the chorus, making you feel as uneasy and overwhelmed as the lyrical content. The instrumentals enforce this nicely also.
Some really impressive timing and musicianship is displayed on the track Keeper. Once again really showing how tight and talented the band is together. The vocals are heavy and pained while the rhythms are thrown all over the place. Keeper transitions into a quieter period towards the back of the track but the vocals still portray negative emotions despite the apparent calm.
Taedium Vitae (music video below), meaning the weariness or loathing of life, has its tone set before you even press play. A lot of frustration shines through in this track as it quickly becomes overrun with deliberately rough noise. More great rhythms and vocal conviction within this track.
Project closer Social Suicide displays some brutal honesty and addresses a couple of prevalent issues. The guitars are a little more sparse during the high points of the song, even replaced with pure feedback squeals at one stage. This chaotic ending puts a nice little cap on a great release.
‘Made Wrong‘ demonstrates some fantastic musicianship through rhythmic expression and pure emotion. Each track is tight and the topics addressed throughout the EP are portrayed without an ounce of indecisiveness.