By: Susan Dusse
Separation of Sanity “Prophecy” – Single review
By: Susan Dusse
Separation of Sanity, one of Portland’s most stable and popular bands, released “Prophecy” on November 12th, 2017. I’m always more nervous to write reviews for local bands that are my friends, than national bands that I’m a fan of. I’m always honest, but also nice about it.
In this instance, I truly have nothing bad to say. It’s a great single. I love songs that, upon first listen, you are a bit disappointed when it ends. I love compositions that are executed well, and have enough groove and prediction to “feel it” and anticipate where it might go, yet enough element of surprise to be interesting. This track has all of that.
Always ready to perform on short notice, opening for some of the biggest acts that pass-through town, Separation of Sanity seem to always be creating as well. “Prophecy” is an interesting song that appears to have influences from most all metal genres. While I listened, I visualized that all members jammed together while writing this song, each bringing to the table their own influences and preferences, and at the end of the jam, they created an interesting, nearly six minutes of great metal.
It starts off like a cool rock song, then the drums chime in (pound in really) to let you know that was just the opening few bars. Very soon thereafter, you are 100% sure it’s going to be a killer metal song. Jackson’s drumming is stellar, Ivar’s bass break is bad ass, and the cool NuMetal part that goes into a Prong-esque part is unexpected and satisfying. The vocals are a bit different for Carpenter, but feel mature and appropriate for the song. I’m sure during the recording process there was spit flying out of his mouth due to the aggressive and intense nature. Within this one song, you’ll hear groove, thrash, sludge, Nu Metal, Metalcore, death metal, old-school metal, and my favorite part was the pummeling Priest “Painkiller-ish” part. If all of that wasn’t diverse and interesting enough, at just after the four-minute mark there is a unique solo.
Separation of Sanity are excellent at giving you audio that makes you visualize what they are saying.
Yeah, I know the members of Separation of Sanity; they are my friends. But I’d say if it was crappy (of course I’d say it nicely). But I guarantee it just isn’t. It’s an exceptionally clever song, full of all genres of metal, written smartly, played well, recorded beautifully, and a great precursor to more to come.
Check it out here: http://separationofsanity.bandcamp.com/track/prophecy
Connect with Separation of Sanity here: https://www.facebook.com/separationofsanity/