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Deadtide.com : Reviews : Albums : Sinning is Our Saviour, "Painted with Utter Desolation"

Reviews : Albums : Sinning is Our Saviour, "Painted with Utter Desolation"

Sinning is Our Saviour, "Painted with Utter Desolation"
Sinning is Our Saviour
Painted with Utter Desolation
Independent Release
2004
2004, Independent Release
Sinning is Our Saviour, "Painted with Utter Desolation"

Sinning is Our Savior unleash some pretty killer technical/progressive thrash on their independently released Painted with Utter Desolation. This Pittsburgh based quartet start the disc off sort of slowly with the instrumental title track and “ Misery Inferno,” one of the disc’s weaker songs. Following however is “Mastery Through Slaughter” which really starts to show SOS’ true capability. This song is full of stunning melodic guitar work, fitting gruff vocals, interesting tempos and well-placed double bass drumming, all the while having a lighter-than-air feel. The density, or lack thereof in the material on Painted with Utter Desolation somehow, mysteriously works to the band’s advantage, making it easier to hear every instrument and every morsel of the songwriting. On tracks like the aforementioned, “In Dire Hopes” and “Worldwide Antipathy,” this works extremely well for the band’s cause while on the few thicker tunes including, “A Further Reflection” and “The Verge of Collapse” you could swear that SOS are from Canada and share members with Quo Vadis. Though these guys surely don’t abuse the drums the way those crazy Canadians do, Painted with Utter Desolation is pretty stiff competition, and easily stands on its own as an excellent technical thrash release.

Standout Tracks

   Mastery Through Slaughter
   Worldwide Antipathy
   A Further Reflection
   Paramount Belief Structure

Peter Johnston