2013 had ben a big year in the melodic rock scene as far as new bands and debuts go, and once again Kivel Records have unearthed another gold nugget. If well-produced, melodic and meaningful rock with stellar vocals and punchy guitar is your thing, then it would be a good idea to spend some time with DEAR SANITY, a great debut for a band that has a big future.
The production is pristine and alongside it;s absorbing underlined melodies they pertained so much passion into the songs that in the end make all the difference. This is an album only a few bands can even reach in their pinnacle and these guys make it look simple as if they have been playing this style all their lives, and as young as this outfit is the ceiling is not even close to being reached yet, scary isn’t it?
In conclusion some pre-judged prejudices regarding death metal were borne out, however there were also other aspects that I did admit to finding surprisingly pleasing. While there wasn’t a full blown conversion to the dark and death metal side, I have certainly become a little more open-minded with regard to its appeal and merits.