Defeated Sanity – The Sanguinary Impetus

Band: Defeated Sanity
Title: The Sanguinary Impetus
Label: Willowtip Records
Release date: 24 July 2020
Country: Germany
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

Bands from Germany are always fun in my opinion. Most of what I have heard from there is good; it offers many huge metal festivals and in general has appeared as extremely active in a variety of metal genres. So, this week Defeated Sanity was my choice, and their new album coming this Friday titled “The Sanguinary Impetus”. The just over half an hour album is full of brutal technical death metal and is, I imagine after my run-through, up most people’s alleys.

“Phytodigestion” kicks it off in a rather primitive way, almost unprocessed, and the guitar tone is that thick death-metal mauling sound. Quickly you realize however that there is more to it than that as the patterns that come are insanely intriguing with a good amount of technicality and fineness. Another rollercoaster ride came with “Imposed Corporeal Inhabitation” as well as “Conceived through Savagery”. Although this music isn’t unique and lots of tech death bands out there, it’s safe to say that these guys are certainly not one of the worse bands of this genre.

As I reached “Insecta Incendium” I started to get worried. There was no real way to mask out bad playing, which was not the worrying factor whatsoever. No, it was in fact the inability to find anything now in the mix. If you do give this album a go, you can know that if you like the first track you will be a happy camper with the rest of them as well. These guys are playing and they are playing a lot. The fact that the tracks on this album are on the shorter side is a good thing; usually, in this genre the songs are around 10 minutes, which in this case would leave you numb.

I expected Cthulhu on the drums as “Propelled into Sacrilege” came around and together all members are able to change tempos together without making it sound weird or strange. That may be an odd compliment, but the performance is extremely great and they must have been practicing 26 hours a day for two lifetimes. If they have friends or families I’d be very surprised, how could they ever have time for anything else but instruments?

“Dislimbing the Ostracized” made me excited as it started because it was the last track. Not that I was glad it was over, but I was curious as of what this group would leave me with. Super impressive instrumental performances with a dude barking out un-hearable lyrics. I can´t imagine what it would be like for them to perform this stuff live.

The only thing that is not as masterfully performed as the instrumentals are the vocals, even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. I suppose it’s just harder to impress with vocals in such insanely instrumental oriented music as this is. I am left almost unable to put a grade on this work. It’s a solid 10/10 for effort, but a serious overall note… 8/10 Julia Katrin

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