Sertraline – Guilty [EP]

9 out of 10

Sertraline are a British metal band hailing from Stoke-on-Trent. Guilty is their second EP since their inception just over two years ago, and it is due for release on 3rd March 2017.

As soon as Guilty opens, the listener already has assumptions that this EP will be typical heavy metal, with little to no melody. However this is proven wrong within the first ten seconds of the track, as the female led vocals and melodic guitar combine to make something special. Towards the end of the track, the musicians show their skill and synchronicity with each other in complicated stops.

The second track is called Snakes, and it is in this track that the listener notices similarities between the vocalist in Sertraline and other female led groups, such as Halestorm and Kelsey & The Chaos. The beginning of the track makes the listener believe it will be a lighter track, due to the arpeggiated guitar introduction, but the drums and typical metal chugging soon make an appearance.

Change Of Heart is Sertraline‘s latest single, and the instrumental parts sound like they have indie influences in the beginning. Change Of Heart is so far the most commercial track on the EP, without sounding too much like Sertraline have “sold out”. In fact, Guilty is a self release. Change Of Heart lyrically is a song that most people will be able to relate to, and so is a great choice for a leading single.

Nyeevise is the penultimate track off the EP, and begins with a bass riff that lulls the listener into a false sense of security again for a few seconds as it sounds indie influenced. Again, this is soon blown away by the introduction of the guitars, which have been mixed in that classical metal way. The drums are a key factor in Nyeevise as they are full of energy. Nyeevise is going to be a crowd favourite, as the chorus has memorable lyrics and the drums help give it that mosh pit feel.

I Admit The Blame finishes off the EP, and is the first slower and more chilled track. I Admit The Blame is a great track for the musicians to show their talents as the track contains a contrapuntal lead guitar melody that sounds like it should go agains the rest of the instruments and the vocals, but doesn’t.

Sertraline have also announced a series of gigs to support the release of Guilty.

Friday 3rd Feb – FUEL, Cardiff;

Saturday 4th Feb – The Facebar, Reading;

Thursday 9th Feb – Trillians, Newcastle;

Saturday 11th Feb – Bannermans, Edinburgh;

Friday 17th Feb – McLeans, Pentre;

Sunday 19th Feb – Slug Fest, Wharf Chambers, Leeds;

Thursday 23rd Feb – Bootleggers, Kendal;

Saturday 25th Feb – Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham;

Friday 3rd March – The Underground,Stoke-on-Trent * EP launch show;

Saturday 4th March – The Bronx, Carlisle.


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