Sortout – Conquer From Within

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Dr. Music Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album: digital / physical
Band Website: Home | Sortout | Metal from Austria

BAND LINE-UP:

Benjamin Herter – vocals
Michael Geuze – guitar & backing vocals
Aaron Schedler – guitar
Günter Meusburger – bass
André Hammerer – drums

TRACKLISTING:

1. Undertow
2. Relentless
3. Echoes Of Conflict
4. Illusions
5. Eternal Hate
6. Sever The Serpent’s Tongue
7. Blind Eyes
8. Monuments
9. Midas’ Gift
10. Paragon Of Misery
11. Law Of Creation
12. A Journey From Within

REVIEW:

‘Undertow’ jumps straight in with its vocals and instrumentation simultaneously, resulting in a very ferocious first impression, dominated by Günter Meusburger’s bass-work. There are a few dramatic pauses that add much drama to the song. While Benjamin Herter’s clean singing may bring mind the voice of Matt Heafy of Trivium, his screams are reminiscent of those delivered by Atreyu vocalist Alex Varkatzas.

‘Illusions’ starts with a triumphant guitar solo, which is really uplifting and contrasts well with Herter’s scream in the first moments. The changing of tempos in the song work very well, as do the layered clean and unclean vocals.

The intro to ‘Midas’ Gift,’ features a simple yet catchy melody followed by rolling drums from André Hammerer, the riffs heard through much of the song. The guitar work from Michael Geuze and Aaron Schedler is strong throughout and this ninth number can be described one of the most successful on Conquer From Within.

’Paragon Of Misery’ commences with the sound of a storm brewing, the bad weather alluding to the title as the guitars gradually build up (also repeated as the ‘Paragon…’ closes). It would have been interesting to hear a few more subtle yet effective touches like this on other tracks, too.

Final offering ‘A Journey From Within’ brings together a lot of the elements from the prior tracks. The line “Not all who wander are lost” is repeated until the end of the song and seems very poignant. Musically, ‘A Journey…’ does not have any particularly epic or grandiose moments that you would expect from a closing number.

Sorter’s Conquer From Within contains most of what you would expect from a metalcore album such as many breakdowns, screams, a mixture of clean/unclean vocals, and spoken word segments. It’s definitely for the more familiar metalcore fan, any new listeners to the genre would require a little more patience to get through the dozen tracks. A decent display of technical ability from the musicians and vocal range from the vocalist.

Review by

Kira Levine

 

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