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Sanzu – Heavy Over The Home – Album Review

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Sanzu
Heavy Over The Home
Release Date: 3 December
Review by Steve Jenkins

Heavy Over The Home sees Perth band Sanzu transition into their own niche and in doing so end up creating an album of monstrous proportions.

When we first heard their EP, Painless, not too far back now we knew that Sanzu were something special. In the same vein as Gojira, this 5 piece deliver crushing riffs that resemble a stampede, flattening you with face melting riffs and a very contagious groove. Rather than pigeonholing Sanzu into one genre, which is almost impossible, we see them grow and experiment whilst totally nailing it. Taking elements of doom, traditional metal, industrial and sludge, this album is certainly one of the more abounding and auspicious releases of 2015.

With an opener like Old Orchard Floor, you know you’re in for a powerfully heavy journey. The alternation between chunky chords and pounding drums makes for a beastly result. Those Who Sleep In The East is another cool track, which taps into a very bold and dramatic feeling, the song encapsulates much of what Sanzu doing correctly on this album.

Heavy Over The Home is unabashedly loud and of course heavy, but it also delves into a progressive soundscape that makes the band sound even more extreme. It will make you want to bang your head for the entirety of the album, and it will make you respect Sanzu for making something so beastly when it could have easily been so stagnant.

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