SICKOMANIA - Self Titled - Reviewed By Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2022/01/27/sickomania-sickomania/
Sickomania is what one gets when there are too many influences. Can’t decide on which ones to emulate? No problem. Use them all. Though their sound is largely rooted in Thrash, there are several nods to Death Metal and classic Heavy Metal. The band has clearly learned from veteran acts and then stamped it all with their own personality.
The fury of Death Angel is coupled with the finesse of Alex Skolnik. The complexity of Metallica is ever-present, but like Anthrax, the band never forgets how to Rock ‘n’ Roll. This album says, “thanks for laying the groundwork…we’ll take it from here.” The album is chock full of fiery fretwork and sophisticated riffs, each member contributing equally. Part fist in the air and part listening in amazement, this album was made by consummate musicians who learned from the best and are now carving their own notches. “Asystoli” features a spiraling flurry of hammer-ons/pull-offs, wrenching sing/scream vocals, and classic heavy-handed trudging. The acoustic passages on this track (and throughout the album) vacillate between hints of Spanish and Middle Eastern, but never quite committing to either. And that’s quite alright. The acoustic lines are beautiful, well placed, and heavy as hell. Closer “Beyond the Ninth Gate” contains a lovely acoustic intro that would make Tommy Emmanuel proud. Arching arpeggios string out magnificently, building the foundation for an exceptional instrumental piece. At times, “Gate” resembles a few other well-known instrumentals. As usual, I’ll let you decide which ones.
Many artists and familiar tunes will spring to mind, however, Sickomania brings more than ample amounts of ingenuity to the table. Consider this album as a warning shot with an irrepressible war forthcoming. - Metal Digest
Release Date: November 5, 2021
FFO: Pantera, Exhorder, Exodus
SICKOMANIA is a new metal band from Denmark / Sweden, which plays with deep roots in thrash, but with several detours to both the death metal and the classic heavy metal. The band consists of experienced forces from bands like Dominus, Deadflesh, Timeless Hall, Carnal Forge, Loch Vostok, Furious Trauma and Shadowspawn. SICKOMANIA was formed at the end of 2019, and has since spent time writing and recording the upcoming album. The organic production is handled by the band's guitarist, Arne Lunde, however, the drums are recorded in Sweden, with Léo Margarit (Pain of Salvation) as technician. The album consists of seven regular and hard-hitting metal cuts, and ends up with the 10-minutes long and epic instrumental journey ‘Beyond the Ninth Gate’.
So far, SICKOMANIA has released 3 digital singles, all of which can be found on all relevant streaming services. ‘Saint Psycho’ , which is the latest, was followed by a video. The gloomy and beautiful cover is an oil painting, created by the talented artist David Troest, and the band's videos are made in collaboration with the talented photographer Bo Toftegaard. A new video for the track ‘Psychotic Path’, coming in November. The release date is November 5 via Gateway Music (Scandinavia), and Bandcamp (Rest of the World). Initially on CD and all streaming services, the vinyl is delayed (due to the pandemic) until January 2022.
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SICKOMANIA line-up is:
Fyrsten - Vocals
Arne Lunde - Guitars
Daniel Steely - Guitars
Jesper K Olsen - Bass
Lawrence Dinamarca - Drums
Expect a sharp-edged riff attack, in which magnificent melodies meet with brutal assault!!
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