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SANGUINARY TRANCE – Wine, Song and Sacrifice EP [Black Metal, Austria]

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Frantic and riff-laden Black Metal from Austria. Haunting melodies in the 90s vein merged with psychedelic, dissonant parts and intricate song structures.

Three tracks/23 minutes; available on tape (pro-manufactured, first edition of 50 copies) and digitally through Bandcamp.


"[...] Just as many spiritually charged, ecstatic and enthusiastic musicians exist within the sub-genre yet few in recent memory channel the head-flinging-backward daze induced by the Dionysian mysteries as Austrian black metal project Sanguinary Trance." - Grizzly Butts

"I hear strains of medieval music in the solemn but seething grandeur of the title track, which grows both increasingly mystical and increasingly savage as it unfolds, and the multi-faceted vocals are harrowing enough to raise goosebumps on the skin.“  - No Clean Singing

"Showing more promise in their first three tracks than many established acts can manage across several releases, ‘Wine, Song and Sacrifice’ imbues their raw-ish black assault with equal doses dissonant horror, Dionysian madness, vampiric melodrama and rhythmic tribal intoxication. The overall effect is a menacing and overwhelmingly sensual high that can be quite dizzying if it hits you just right [...]"
- Black Metal Daily

"‘Wine, Song and Sacrifice’ is a bloodstained love letter to the most iconic of black metal times, but with an unmistakably unique viewpoint on it. With some unforgettable moments that set your teeth on edge and make your hair stand on end, Sanguinary Trance are indeed trance invoking and the feelings it conjures are black magickal."
- The Killchain Blog

"Highly expansive and meditative stuff. Thumbs up."
- Metal Trenches

"Raw and dissonant, Sanguinary Trance’s debut EP Wine, Song and Sacrifice is a solid piece of black metal with a ritual touch and a 'classic' feel. The long title track is an impressively unfolding beast, backed by two shorter and furious finishers."
- Evening Of Light

"It’s extremely easy to get lost in their hypnotic music. Which by the way is a tightknit wall of purposely penetrating noise. I can only imagine what this might feel like to witness live. I could surmise that it would be nothing less than euphoric. Radiating such an intense atmosphere. Quite beautiful really."
- Autoeroticasphyxium Zine

Arson Cafe ranked "Wine, Song and Sacrifice" among the ten best EPs of 2018:


"Es ist gut zu sehen (und zu hören), dass die österreichische Szene nach wie vor so vital ist und man sich nicht auf die Großen und Etablierten im Genre zu beschränken hat. Und trotz des viel zu leisen Sounds (den ich in der Wertung mal nicht berücksichtige, da Mix und Mastering ansonsten gut gelungen sind) liegt hier eine EP vor, die sich vor deren Alben in keinster Weise zu verstecken braucht, sondern manchem Altmeister deutlich zeigt, worauf es heute ankommt: Passion und Eigenständigkeit sind hier die Schlagwörter, die sich SANGUINARY TRANCE ohne Zweifel auf die Fahnen geschrieben haben. Ich für meinen Teil bin sehr zuversichtlich, dass man in Zukunft weiterhin mit diesem Projekt rechnen sollte. KAUFEMPFEHLUNG! +++ 8 / 10 Punkten"
- Black Salvation

„A dramatic, chaotic and mournful start catches the listener’s attention immediately. Technically strong musically, combined with brutal vocals provides a level of chaotic energy that is actually very pleasing to listen to. Clashing vocal styles over the consistently chaotic feel provides another really favourable musical element. “Wine, Song and Sacrifice” continues to be consistently oddly melodic throughout this release while a raw feel adds another almost depressive aspect. Sanguinary Trance is technically tight as a whole; their dedication to their music is reflected in the continual technical aspects they display consistently.“
- Autoeroticasphyxium Zine (second review)

"The unique highlight of "Wine, Song and Sacrifice" is the opening title track. It is a thirteen-minute atmospheric piece with a few exclusive moments. If I had to compare it to someone, I would not be afraid to point out to compatriots Abigor in their golden era. The second track "Carvings" represents the more aggressive but still traditionalist face of Sanguinary Trance. Specially conceived is the final "The Dionysos Whip", which preserves the sound of the nineties, but with the disharmony and the gauntness typical of the much later development stages of the genre. However, as in the title track, the song improves impressively to make a one-second noose at the very end."
- Sicmaggot (via Google Translate)


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