Outer Sanctum - Outer Sanctum

Published Monday 15th August 2011
Outer Sanctum - Outer Sanctum
Outer Sanctum - Outer Sanctum

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 117102-18300
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

This debut from an Indiana-based band kicks off the way it intends to go on: heavy rhythms, classic riffing, melodic vocals. All taken at a decent pace (but not speed metal: this is more classic territory). "Darkness" is a track that is worth describing: the guitar sound borders on thrashy, but stays just the right side of classic rock. There's a good chanty chorus that must go down very well live, but I wasn't so sure about the reading of Psalm 23 - it didn't seem to fit. But then it breaks into a glorious solo (although the one on "I Am Pain" is better and "Under God" beats them both). In truth, 'Outer Sanctum' is rather inconsistent - some bits of it are really, really good, other parts simply don't work. A greater consistency and it would be a fine set. Let's hope they get to album number two.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mark in Indiana @ 05:28 on Aug 17 2011

Thank you for your gracious review. I've never heard my solos described as "glorious" but I'll take it. Actually, if you listen to the story/lyrics of The Darkness the 23 Psalms is very appropriate. I would be interested to hear more of your thoughts on the inconsistencies of the CD. A second CD is already in the works as well.
Thanks again,
Mark Lentz

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