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 treat depression and panic attacks. The band name is certainly apt, as their music serves as a cathartic release for the listener. The trio of guitars creates engaging and lush soundscapes that range from soft melodies to dense black metal riffs. The guitar riffs and melodies blend together so well that the listener can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. This EP utilizes relatively mellower guttural growls than the higher pitched screams that can be heard on other post-black and atmospheric black metal albums. There are no clean vocals unless you count the whispers scattered throughout the EP for effect. The plucking of the bass adds a bit of interest at the quieter sections when it is audible. The drum patterns complement the other instrumentals as necessary to drive the mood of different sections, whether as blast beats or more restrained rhythms.

“Eyes as Tableau” is the opening track. Most memorably, this track does cut off somewhat abruptly at the end; it’s not your imagination. If the cut off is purposeful, it does a good job of snapping you out of a trance, similar to the snap of a hypnotist. Next is “Their Cities,” the second track. This track goes through a plethora of emotion, through the rolling crescendos and dulcet valleys. The EP closer is “Prague,” which is the track I recommend. The first half is melodic and gentle. Over the 7 minute duration, the song builds and takes you through an emotional journey. Towards the end, it culminates with blast beats and an intense riff.

Overall, I recommend this album to fans of shoegaze-y post-black metal. It is a short one at only 20 minutes long, but I guarantee that you will be in a trance the entire time. This album isn’t for a lively or rowdy time. However, if you want to meditate on a record or just need background music, “These Mills Are Oceans” is a solid choice.

Rating: 7/10
Reviewed by: Cherie Wong

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
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