REVIEW: Sanguine live EP

Sanguine are fast becoming a ‘flag favourite, featuring in a number of posts on here over recent months – including a review by me of their self-titled album back...

Sanguine are fast becoming a ‘flag favourite, featuring in a number of posts on here over recent months – including a review by me of their self-titled album back in February. These five tracks were submitted under the guise of being recorded live but with the exception of some clapping at the end of 1 track, there is little difference to these tracks and the studio versions.

The opening track, ‘Simplify’, is a heavy number which combines both the vocals of the lead singer Tarin Kerrey and guitar player/vocalist Nick Magee. In fact the chorus shows some nice vocal change, allowing Kerrey to sing a few notes over the top of Magee’s vocals before returning to the more thunderous screams shown throughout.

‘Bangkok nights’ is the second track and follows on from where ‘Simplify’ leaves off, straight into pounding bass lines and thumping drums with Kerrey and Magee again sharing vocal duties as they scream their way through this 3.38 minute homage to Thai hookers. At least I think it is – I heard ‘$22 dollars for a good time’ as a lyric and a friend…yeah, a friend… told me that’s how much it can cost.  This track actually displays some clapping at the end of it, the only reference throughout the five songs that it’s live.

The third track is my favourite, ‘Days outnumbered’ and to be honest, it’s largely due to the fact it’s not as heavy as the openers and has Kerrey singing solo throughout.  I think that sometimes the lyrics and Kerrey’s vocals talents can be overlooked when all you can hear is screaming and this track displays both qualities nicely.

‘From Home’ and ‘Paradise’ close the five songs out.  ‘From Home’ is about as much of a ‘softer’ song as Sanguine do, with some haunting guitar playing allowing Kerrey again to display her vocal range as her voice soars over a slow and melodic bass line. ‘Paradise’ rounds the collection off nicely and would certainly allow for some rhythmic head banging at their next gig, featuring as it does some solid guitar and bass work to create a foundation for the vocals to soar across.

Sanguine once again show their depth and ability well throughout the 5 songs with enough range and diversity to satisfy their fans (and others) that they are not just a screaming metal band – they are much more.

Words: Brian McKay

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