Sunday, 14 May 2017

SautruS - Anthony Hill (Album Review)

Release date: May 12th 2017. Label: Pink Tank Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Anthony Hill – Tracklisting

1.The Way
2.Good Mourning 05:15
3.The Fungus
4.Cats On The Fence
5.Synopticon 08:40 video
6.Shotgun 08:57
7.When The War Is Over


Weno Winter- Vocals
Michał Nowak- Guitar
Piotr 'Ochota' Ochociński- Drums
Michał Młyniec - Bass


I've had SautruS new album Anthony Hill a while to review. The reason why I didn't review it sooner as I was sent a YouTube link to review. I'm not a fan of listening to reviews via YouTube. Watching the odd video here and there is cool but not reviewing albums. Anyway, I digress, Anthony Hill is a fairly complex and challenging album to listen to from the start.

This album owes a huge debt of gratitude to Prog Rock/Metal visionaries – TOOL. As the band focus more on progressive rock than the psychedelic stoner rock sound they made their name with on their last album. The vocals from Wemo impress from the word go as opening track – The Way – combines fuzz, psych, stoner and progressive sounds for a more refined sound.

The rest of the album follows a similar path to The Way with the band focusing heavily on their progressive rock sound. Songs such as Good Mourning, The Fungus, Cats On The Fence, Shotgun, and When The War Is Over all show that SautruS haven't left their trademark sound behind as you can still hear moments of Psychedelic Blues/Stoner Rock vibes that made their debut album such a winning record.

The production is pitch perfect and perhaps the albums main strength as the album does indeed sound incredible. You can experience every note played with precision and passion. Another highlight of the album is the whole experimentation of the entire album. SautruS merge different sounds to create a lucid psychedelic trippy ride into the unknown. Parts 60s Acid Rock and more modern based riffs should keep long-term Stoner Rock fans fully entertained.

Anthony Hill was an album I wasn't expecting from SautruS though I'm glad they have released a record such as this. It may not have the repeatability factor of their excellent debut album but it's a stronger album in every other sense. For that I applaud the band for releasing something different whilst challenging themselves both musically and artistically.

Words by Steve Howe

Anthony Hill is available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Pink Tank Records now.