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Recenzija: Sectorial – We Are the Titan’s Rising Ashes (Hr/Eng version)

by Vjeran
Sectorial

Sectorial – We Are the Titan’s Rising Ashes

  1. Enough Skills?
  2. Tree Eater
  3. …Will Be There…
  4. Young Shoots
  5. Abysmal
  6. The Embers
  7. With Own Tacit Agreement
  8. Summer Night: Breath of the Boundless Steppes
  9. Autumn Silence Is Covered with Ice
  10. Predator’s Intents
Godina: 2015.

Sectorial je jedan od onih bendovima kojemu se nigdje ne žuri. Počevši kao garažni bend 2000. među prijateljima u školi, uzeli su svoje vrijeme dokle god nisu postali ozbiljniji bend 2007 godine. Čime je rezultiralo izdanjem njihovog prvom EP-a Cerebrum Necrosis Est It In Nobis i kasnije Boiler i Controlled Insane 2009. godine. Njihov prvi album je bio izdan 2012 godine pod nazivom Erase and Reborn the Humanity. Sva navedena izdanja se mogu opisati kao kombinacija grindcore-a i thrash metala sa zanimljivim, upečatljivim dijelovima. Ali na kraju dana, ništa što dosad nismo čuli.

Novi album We Are the Titan’s Rising Ashes koji je bio izdan u 15. kolovoza prošle godine  poprilično mijenja stvari. Već od prvog pogleda na omot albuma govori da se radi o drugačijem bendu. thrash i grindcore elementi su otišli te ih je bend zamijenio sa poljskim death metal zvukom sa snažnim elementima folka. Iako su folk instrumenti, riječi i omot imaju snažni utjecaj, na kraju dana ovdje imamo death metal album. Zanimljiv death metal album.

Vezano za folk instrumente, većinom slučaja su hit and miss. Bude trenutaka u albumu gdje si ne možete pomoći nego da imate dojam da su dodani reda radi. Malo je dvosjekli mač. Fanovi folk metala će ovo voljeti, ostali će se više čuditi što tu ovaj folk intrument radi uopće. Na sreću, takav osjećaj prisutan je većinom tijekom prvog dijela albuma, koji više zvuči kako bend pokušava naći svoj novi zvuk. Young Shoots i Abysmal su iznimke mada doista traju prekratko kao pjesme.

Druga polovica albuma je iznenađujuće dobra, počevši od prelijepe instrumentalne pjesme Embers koja jako podsjeća na kanadski bend Agalloch s frulama. Stvar je jednostavno predivna za slušati. Nastavljeno je istom kvalitetom sa pjesmom With Own Tacit Agreement koja pokazuje progresivniju stranu benda sa pametno stavljenim folk elementima i jako dobrim clean vokalima. Najbolja stvar u albumu skupa sa već spomenutom pjesmom Embers.

Ostatak pjesama prate slične progresivne, više promišljene dijelove ali bez zapostavljanja žestine. Dobar primjer je pjesma  Summer Night: Breath of the Boundless Steppes; počevši sa zanimljivim uvodnim bass dijelom i midtempo sekcijom te prebacivanje na jako brz blastbeat završavajući sa jako dobrom solažom. Pjesma ima sve.

Iako je album neujednačen kvalitetom, ukrajinski Sectorial nam je dao zanimljiv album. Njihov najbolji i najzreliji album dosad.

Tekst: Tomislav Debelić

Sectorial is one of those examples of bands who takes its time. Started as a garage band back in 2000 and releasing anything until 2008 when they released their first EP named Cerebrum Necrosis Est It In Nobis and then Boiler and Controlled Insane in 2009. Their first album Erase and Reborn the Humanity came in 2012. All these releases are an mixture of grindcore and thrash metal with some catchy hooks here and there. But in the end of the day, nothing that common our ears have not heard before.

The new work We Are the Titan’s Rising Ashes released in August 15 last year changes things quite a bit.  The first glance on the cover you can tell that this is another band considering the artwork of their previous releases. Thrash and grindcore sound are gone with the band fully emerged into more Polish death metal sound with strong folk elements. Although the cover, lyrics and folk instruments have a strong presence here, this is mainly a death metal record. A curious death metal record I might add.

About the folk instruments here… they are mostly hit and miss. They are moments in the album where out of nowhere a flute or something similar comes out and feels it’s just added for the sake of it. Its bit of a double edged sword, fans of more extreme folk metal will be happy to hear this, others possibly will not.  The first half of the album sounds like trial and error by the band with Young Shoots and Abysmal as exceptions although they are really too short to leave a larger impact.

But, the second half is surprisingly good, staring with the fucking beautiful instrumental song Embers which reminds me of Agalloch with flutes. It’s just a great emotional listen. It’s continued by a 7 minute song With Own Tacit Agreement showing of bands progressive side and smartly placed folk elements with cool clean vocals. Pretty much opposite of the first part of the album. Best track of the album along with the previous song Embers.

The rest of the songs follow a familiar pattern, showing more progressive, thoughtful elements without abandoning heaviness of the sound, especially on Summer Night: Breath of the Boundless Steppes that just nails, staring with a catchy bass and midtempo section then switching to an insanely fast blast beat to a melodic solo. It has everything.

Although the album suffers a bit of being a mixed bag and uneven, Sectorial from Ukraine had gave us an interesting and fun listen. It is their best and most mature album yet.

Written by Tomislav Debelić

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