Review from Ave Noctum

February 4, 2020
From: Ave Noctum 
Published: February 2, 2020

Citalopram, Venlafaxine, Sertraline, those little pills known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors make the bad old world that little bit more bearable for those of us that simply cannot cope with it. Helping with anxiety and depression and simply stopping us from going postal and killing people, many a creative person finds themselves in need of them to cope with day to day living. There is a duality though as they mask the problem rather than solve it and that is comparable as I sit here listening to this band out of Buffalo New York to the sunshine sparkling through the window and leaving you comfortable despite it being freezing cold outside. There are no less than 6 people in this group including 3 guitarists and they favour the EP release rather than full length album. This digital only is their 3rd, following on quickly at the tail end of last year from June’s ‘From Both Our Hands’

Post black metal is the name of their game and again that sunshine is very much present in their sound dualistically contrasting to often harsh and guttural vocals that are not so much raging but cloaked with a layer of pain. ‘Eyes as Tableau’ enchants with a thick gothic bass tone and fluttering guitars reminiscent of Fields Of The Nephilim. As the sound expands there is a certain wonderment and joy to it as it shines and glistens, the vocals giving a darker edge but not one without hope and a sudden explosion blasting away and picking the pace up to a gallop. Its very much a sound of light and shade but one that is uplifting rather than dour. I’m not sure the sudden ending does it any big favour and this could easily have progressed for me but it seems time to move onto the next of this trio of songs. Urban conglomeration is very much the theme of ‘Their Cities’ which has poeticism at it’s heart along with a jaunty guitar jangle. It seems like a place where aforementioned tablets are necessary to exist and one where “the mills of sorrow will always grow.” Life is tough, there’s a certain weariness found here in a gentle musical segment as we explore the place. Although the lyrical delivery is hard to fathom the message behind it is clear “we must go and never look back Leave their cities behind and head for the trees…together.”

No doubt one place the band have wandered through is ‘Prague’ as this is the subject of the third ode; romance and fate a touch away through the cobbled aged city. This has an ambient feel and some gentle acoustics moving from a feeling that is at first ominous, then calm. Likewise, the vocals move from growls to clean and things feel in harmony here. Perhaps there is some peace, a touch of normality, maybe the pills have kicked in and the side-effects lessened. We are left with a Zoloft smile that even the abrasive surge to the end cannot shift.

Rating: 7/10
Reviewed by: Pete Woods
 

Review from Metal Temple

January 15, 2020
From: Metal Temple
Published: January 14, 2020

On November 12, 2019, SERTRALINE released their third EP “These Mills Are Oceans.” Impressive, as this EP comes merely a few months after their second EP “From Both Our Hands,” which was released July 5, 2019. Formed in 2015, SERTRALINE hails from Buffalo, New York. SERTRALINE plays post-black metal similar to the likes of ALCEST and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM.

“Sertraline” is the generic name of Zoloft, which is used to trea...

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Review from Angry Metal Guy

January 2, 2020
From: Angry Metal Guy
Published: December 24, 2019

From the unsettlingly pink cover to the opening urgent melody, I loved Sertraline’s These Mills Are Oceans. The New York six-piece deliver a haunting brand of melodic post-black metal on their second EP of 2019. Both are stellar but These Mills takes it for me—just. Falling somewhere between Wolves in the Throne Room and Deafheaven, the walls of sound delivered by Sertraline’s three guitarists are rich, textured slabs of blea...

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Review from Art-noir

January 2, 2020
From: Art-noir.ch
Published: December 16, 2019

Wer unter Depressionen leidet, der bekommt oft Sertralin verabreicht. Dieser Wirkstoff hemmt die Neurotransmitter und mindert Angst- und Zwangsstörungen. Wie weit sich die neue EP von Sertraline aus New York dafür eignet, kann ich bezüglich meines fehlenden Medizinstudiums nicht nachweisen. Sehr wohl aber ist dieser Blackgaze, dieser träumerische Black Metal, eine wunderbare Flucht aus dem tristen Tag, aus den Wolken im Kopf. Mit d...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade Webzine

November 23, 2019
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: November 21, 2019 

With a huge infusion of Post-Black Metal bands these days, it has become a very interesting job to listen to all their releases and find diamonds in the rough. Today we got lucky and found Sertraline’s latest EP release “These Mills Are Oceans”. While most bands try to copy the genre pioneers, this outfit marks their own path with the perfect balance between shoegazey guitars and furious BM onslaughts.

This short ...

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Review from Welcome to the Metal

November 15, 2019
From: Welcome to the Metal
Published: November 13, 2019

Just a few months back, we reviewed Sertraline‘s EP, From Both Our Hands, well-knowing that the band had decided to split their previous full length idea into two separate releases. Admittedly, I’d forgotten all about the second part of Sertraline’s 2019 release plan, but their OTHER new EP, which I just got in my email today is quite simply, a masterpiece.

I’m not just saying that because of my obsession with atmospher...

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 Released:  November 12, 2019
Digital Only
Genre: Post-Black Metal

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