SANGUINARY TRANCE - Wine, Song and Sacrifice EP [Black Metal, Austria]

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22.11.2018 - 12:42

Frantic and riff-laden Black Metal from Austria. Haunting melodies in the 90s vein merged with psychedelic, dissonant parts and intricate song structures.

Three tracks/23 minutes; available on tape (pro-manufactured, first edition of 50 copies) and digitally through Bandcamp.


"[...] Just as many spiritually charged, ecstatic and enthusiastic musicians exist within the sub-genre yet few in recent memory channel the head-flinging-backward daze induced by the Dionysian mysteries as Austrian black metal project Sanguinary Trance." - Grizzly Butts

"I hear strains of medieval music in the solemn but seething grandeur of the title track, which grows both increasingly mystical and increasingly savage as it unfolds, and the multi-faceted vocals are harrowing enough to raise goosebumps on the skin." - No Clean Singing

"Showing more promise in their first three tracks than many established acts can manage across several releases, 'Wine, Song and Sacrifice' imbues their raw-ish black assault with equal doses dissonant horror, Dionysian madness, vampiric melodrama and rhythmic tribal intoxication. The overall effect is a menacing and overwhelmingly sensual high that can be quite dizzying if it hits you just right [...]"
- Black Metal Daily

"'Wine, Song and Sacrifice' is a bloodstained love letter to the most iconic of black metal times, but with an unmistakably unique viewpoint on it. With some unforgettable moments that set your teeth on edge and make your hair stand on end, Sanguinary Trance are indeed trance invoking and the feelings it conjures are black magickal."
- The Killchain Blog

"Highly expansive and meditative stuff. Thumbs up."
- Metal Trenches
03.02.2019 - 13:13
Arson Cafe ranked "Wine, Song and Sacrifice" among the ten best EPs of 2018:
12.02.2019 - 18:15
„A dramatic, chaotic and mournful start catches the listener's attention immediately. Technically strong musically, combined with brutal vocals provides a level of chaotic energy that is actually very pleasing to listen to. Clashing vocal styles over the consistently chaotic feel provides another really favourable musical element. "Wine, Song and Sacrifice" continues to be consistently oddly melodic throughout this release while a raw feel adds another almost depressive aspect. Sanguinary Trance is technically tight as a whole; their dedication to their music is reflected in the continual technical aspects they display consistently."
- Autoeroticasphyxium Zine (second review)

"The unique highlight of "Wine, Song and Sacrifice" is the opening title track. It is a thirteen-minute atmospheric piece with a few exclusive moments. If I had to compare it to someone, I would not be afraid to point out to compatriots Abigor in their golden era. The second track "Carvings" represents the more aggressive but still traditionalist face of Sanguinary Trance. Specially conceived is the final "The Dionysos Whip", which preserves the sound of the nineties, but with the disharmony and the gauntness typical of the much later development stages of the genre. However, as in the title track, the song improves impressively to make a one-second noose at the very end."
- Sicmaggot (via Google Translate)

„It is good to see (and hear) that the Austrian scene is still so vital and you do not have to confine yourself to the big and established acts in the genre. And despite the much too quiet sound (which I do not consider in the rating, since mix and mastering are otherwise well done) here is an EP that does not need to hide from their albums in any way, but shows some old master clearly what matters today: Passion and independence are the keywords that SANGUINARY TRANCE have spelled on their flags without a doubt. For my part, I am very confident that you should continue to keep an eye on this project in the future. RECOMMENDED! +++ 8/10 points"
- Black Salvation (via Google Translate)