Breakdown Of Sanity – Coexistence
Release Date: Out now
Review by: Dave Griffiths
Brace yourself for one of the most surprising metal albums of 2016. Swiss metal merchants Breakdown Of Sanity have slaved away in this industry for a decade, and now they deliver this: their finest hour — the very brilliant new album, Coexistence.
This is one of those albums that you fall in love with on your first listen. While it does take a little time to get used to the fact that this album has been heavily produced, the way Breakdown Of Sanity are able to meld the older sounds of 90s metal with something very, very new makes them a band that really stands out from the rest of the pack.
The album’s first track, Bulletproof starts off very slowly and then gives in to a massive onslaught of great vocals from Carlo, and what can only be described as ‘crazy’ guitar playing from Oly. In fact, the guitar playing on this album is some of the best that you are ever likely to hear, and after listening to it on a track like Dear Diary, you find yourself just sitting there thinking, ‘wow’.
As you listen to Coexistence you realise that Breakdown Of Sanity are not a band who are afraid to do things a little differently just to make a track stand out. The multiple layers of vocals on Restless make it a must-listen, while small things like samples of a music box and a creepy laugh take From The Depths to a whole new level.
A lot of the time the band mix and match their sound throughout the album. Back To Zero sounds like old school Korn with a much more confronting sound, while more brutal tracks like Deep Sleep and New World still manage to find a way of holding onto their melodic side. The tracks that you will listen to over and over are Crossed Fingers and The Grand Delusion, they are as close to the perfect metal song that you are ever likely to get.
Coexistence is one of the finest albums that you are going to hear this year. This is a band that has absolutely nailed their sound, and they have delivered an album that really has the right mix of everything: great vocals and instrumentals strong enough to even make a track like the slower Coexistence something you want to put on repeat. There’s no doubting that this is one of the metal albums of the year.