REVIEW: Sanguine – ‘Sanguine’

Sanguine – ‘Sanguine’ Release date 13th Feb 2012 12 tracks, approx 40 mins Sanguine means to be ‘cheerful and optimistic’, an adapt name maybe for a gospel choir or...

Sanguine – ‘Sanguine’

Release date 13th Feb 2012

12 tracks, approx 40 mins

Sanguine means to be ‘cheerful and optimistic’, an adapt name maybe for a gospel choir or a feel good ‘pop-indie’ teenage band. It then might not be a natural name for a four piece alt-metal band from South – East England. Certainly some of the tracks (‘Anger Song’ and ’Live Consume Drive’ to mention two) are not exactly ‘happy, feel good songs’. The bands contradictions don’t stop with the name – with the label of an ‘alt metal’ band, its clearly allowed the band to explore a variety of musical styles, ranging from the screaming almost thrash metal displayed in ‘Anger Song’ to the more mainstream metal found in ‘Given Up’.

The self-titled album is the band’s first album but already they have built up quite a diverse following with fans such as Joey Jordison from Slipknot commenting on the bands MySpace website to Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden fame requesting the lead singer’s presence on a side project.

I’ve purposefully left the fact that Sanguine are a female fronted band until late in my review. It shouldn’t be noteworthy, in this day and age one should simply see the lead singer as a lead singer but alas, it is still mentioned elsewhere as almost the overriding description of the band. To focus on this is to lose sight of the fact that Sanguine are a good, tightly knitted band that has, through gigging and sheer determination, released an album that showcases their abilities and put simply, their pure unadulterated aggression.

The song that, for me, sums them up the best is actually a song that doesn’t have Tarin Kerrey as the solo lead vocalist and that is ‘Contagious’. The mix of male and female vocals until the chorus works sublimely well until the choruses kick in and then you hear it, the haunting vocals overlaid on pounding drums and heavy guitars. Sanguine are a band that aren’t cheerfully optimistic but the reviews this album is going to get, might well make them crack a smile….

Words: Brian McKay

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