Metal Review – Sarabante – Remnants (2011)

Sarabante - RemnantsHailing from Athens, Greece, Sarabante brings us their take on the hardcore genre of metal which is a cleaner sound than most bands of this ilk, but still have some sludge similarities as well. There is even some drone metal tendencies here, which is something that Southern Lord has done a lot of in the past.

There are really no standout songs on this release, but a lot of the rather short songs are decent pieces with a lot of pent up frustration being let out vocally and musically. The album is pretty short with the majority of the songs falling in the 2-3 minute range. I would have liked to see a few more songs on this release.

Breaking out of Greece’s capital city of Athens comes crust/hardcore act SARABANTE, who have teamed up with Southern Lord Recordings for a limited edition CD release of the band’s first full-length, Remnants.

SARABANTE’s existence was brought to the attention of Southern Lord by Brad Boatright of Ashes Rise/Lebanon, who in the end mastered the band’s Remnants debut. The volatile act bears the same burning intensity as the legendary From Ashes Rise and Tragedy, and integrates elements of early Neurosis and other more morose and slower-tempo acts. After enduring the eleven tracks in under thirty four minutes on the album, it’s clear that one of the primary focal points of the SARABANTE is their consistent execution of infectious melodies throughout each politically-charged anthem.

Set for release on July 19, Remnants will see a limited edition production of 1,000 machine-numbered copies as part of the ongoing underground Southern Lord CD series alongside Planks, Acephalix, Xibalba, Drainland, Alpinist and other pure, brutal acts.