Following the release of their first, self-titled full-length in February as well as summer shows including slots at Download and supporting Megadeth, female-fronted alt-metallers Sanguine give us a free taster with new download-only EP, ‘Live’. As implied by the title, the release features live renditions of two selections from the February album as well as three all-new tracks.
As most EPs should, ‘Live’ showcases the variety of the band’s current repertoire, in this case flitting between the melodic and the visceral in equally-satisfying measure. When frontwoman Tarin Kerrey’s throat-searing vocal first rips in ‘Simplify’, it does so with a power that’s simultaneously brutal and engaging, while the tongue-in-cheek ‘Bangkok Nights’ jumps between a punishing thrash-punk maelstrom and catchy breaks. The more sensitive ‘Days Outnumbered’ might not strike the same blow as Sanguine’s heavier numbers, but shows a distinct capability to diversify; ‘From Home’ is an eerie, minimalist track a la Alice In Chains, while EP-closer ‘Paradise’ brings the power back with a groove-heavy head-nodder.
If one thing’s to be gleaned from the variety throughout ‘Live’, it’s this: Sanguine have the potential to be the one of the most exciting, uncompromising and enthrallingly unpredictable metal acts since System Of A Down.
Rated 8 out of 10
Sanguine’s ‘Live’ EP is available here