Review from Cvlt Nation

September 28, 2019
From: Cvlt Nation
Published: September 18, 2019

It waits by your side. Lingering, and stalking. Patiently waiting for the most opportune moment to strike. To destroy. Like a shadow awaiting the perfect angle of light. It anticipates consuming everything. What is it? A simple term being strewn about like a plague. It is depression.

Depression is not only a condition for human beings but it can spread its filthy ichor onto our environment. Once its talons latch it spreads like a cancer. Suffocating and starving an area into a cachectic husk of what it once was. Buffalo, New York is a place that has for years been stricken with depression. Once a booming industrial city producing necessary pieces of the industrialization machine has now become a graveyard rusted of abandoned factories, and a wasteland for pollution. A place where the rich tower high above the poor.

What good has come from Buffalo you ask? Welp, the answer lies in a little band named after a pill that similarly brings a potential cure against the parasitic forms of depression. The answer is Sertraline. Their newest EP From Both Our Hands is a reflection of societal oppression, coinciding with the power and beauty of natural world.

Sertraline revive the over saturated world of atmospheric and post-black metal. They utilize their influences well without being a mirror image. They echo the lush reverb tremolo haze that Alcest have become known for, all while sticking to a more fundamental black metal sound. There is an ebb and flow to the album similar to a river. The swells build until they come crashing down but instead of causing claustrophobia it creates a sense of beauty, and of engulfing melody.

There is something for everyone looking to get into post-black metal on this EP. The vocal performance are a skewed, wretched sound echoing that of a tortured wraith. All the guitar performances are clean, with absolutely mesmerizing effects, and absolutely frigid tremolos. The drumming is hypnotic, shifting from frenzied fills, to tribal patterns similar to that of Inter Arma. Lastly I have to give it up for the bass player because he is probably one of the best Bassist’s in Buffalo and adds a nice thick layer to give the album a dense atmosphere that a lot of black metal bands lack.

Hailing from Buffalo myself I had to pay tribute to these guys. They are an incredible act, who bring everything they do on this EP to the live stage. They continue to put me in a trance like state every time I see them. I forget about the shitty city, about the trails and tribulations of life. Sertraline is my cure for depression. Let it be yours as well. Enjoy!

Reviewed by: Mike Johnson
 

Review from Grind on the Road

September 12, 2019
From: Grind on the Road
Published: September 11, 2019

È quasi una questione di sesto senso, quella attraverso la quale percepiamo da lontano la bontà di un lavoro, ancora prima di ascoltarlo. Un’esperienza paragonabile a quella che si vive con un piatto preparato, cucinato, composto e presentato da un grande e celebre chef. Un’opera culinaria messa in piedi con classe, passione, zelo, diligenza, talento e così via. Prendiamo ora i nostri Sertraline (sertralina in italiano): ...

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Review from Broken Tomb Magazine

August 25, 2019
From: Broken Tomb Magazine
Published: August 24, 2019 

Sertraline es una banda de Post Black Metal surgida de las cenizas de Where She Wept, en la localidad de Buffalo, Nueva York. En el año 2017 lanzaron su primer EP “Shade” y el pasado 5 de julio vio la luz su segundo EP, titulado “From Both Our Hands”, a través del sello Hypnotic Dirge Records.

La formación de Sertraline consiste en Jay Zgoda (guitarra), David Lopian (guitarra), Shelly Muehlbauer (guitarra), Tom Muehlb...

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Review from Metal Temple

August 25, 2019
From: Metal Temple
Published: August 22, 2019 

SERTRALINE is “the most aurally decadent Post-Black Metal band to hit the scene in the last few years. Their impact comes primarily from a combination of melodic saturation and individual expertise.” Most of the members previously played together for over a decade in the band WHERE SHE WEPT, and the chemistry in this six-piece is obvious. “From Both our Hands” is the band’s second EP, and contains three tracks.

“Hounds of Av...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

August 16, 2019
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: Auguat 14, 2019

Sertraline should not be mistaken for the power outfit of the same name. This is an entirely different band, with an entirely different sound. They hover comfortably between the post metal of Cult Of Luna and the epic Atmospheric BM of Fen and Wolves In The Throne room. What I love with this EP entitled From Both Our Hands, is the way Sertraline are not afraid to do their own thing in their own way. They quite easily encapsulate t...

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Review from Ave Noctum

August 5, 2019
From: Ave Noctum Webzine
Published: August 2, 2019

irst of all, for clarification this is Sertraline from the cold climes of Buffalo, USA, not the north of England one. Second, my enquiries took me to an anti-depressant of the same name. This Sertraline, whose second EP this is and whose members are the fallout of Where She Wept, are responsible for “aurally decadent post black metal”.

After an initial section where dark clouds build up and the sound is of crashing waves, a clas...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade Magazine

August 5, 2019
From: Infernal Masquerade Magazine
Published: July 31, 2019

Canadian label Hypnotic Dirge Records certainly has one of the best underground Metal rosters with very unique bands, and now it has partnered with American outfit Sertraline to help them spread their very emotionally charged and powerful music. Delivering three tracks and nearly 20 minutes of lush Atmospheric Post-Metal, this release creates a very powerful atmosphere that is nicely delivered via crushing guitars and craf...

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Review from Occult Black Metal Zine

August 5, 2019
From: Occult Black Metal Zine
Published: July 29, 2019

Sertraline  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "From  Both  Our  Hands"  which  was  released  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

 A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock.  All  of  the  ...

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Review from Welcome to the Metal

July 28, 2019
From: Welcome to the Metal
Published: July 5, 2019 

Western New York has been waiting a little over two years for Sertraline‘s follow-up to 2017’s Shade. The band is a post black metal outfit with depressive tendencies, closely knitting together the writing habits of Wolves in the Throne Room and Katatonia. While Sertraline have considerably more influences present in their music than the aforementioned, it’s important to keep this narrative as focused as possible. These six ...

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 Released:  July 20, 2019
Digital Only
Genre: Post-Black Metal

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