You may not have heard of Sanctum & Solace yet but we suggest you keep an ear out—these boys are undoubtedly going to make some major waves on the Aussie music scene in 2018.

The up-and-coming Mackay four-piece has been getting some love on the airwaves lately, notably from Josh Merriel of Short.Fast.Loud and The Faction. They’ve also been solidifying their mark on the Queensland hardcore scene, packing out venues all over the coast. The end of this month will see the release of the outfit’s first EP, Made Wrong.

To put it bluntly: if you’re looking for some easy chill listening, Made Wrong isn’t what you want. The 16-minute-long collection of songs demands to be listened to in its raw fury and searing angst. Exploring themes from toxic relationships to alcoholism, the six-track EP delivers a powerful and damning statement on the gritty reality of life. Track 5, ‘Taedium Vitae,’ literally translates to ‘a state of extreme ennui; weariness of life.’

The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreaves at Tall Tree Studios, which has unfortunately since closed down. Gareth made a point of using live takes of the band in studio, which helped to capture their blistering brutal energy onstage.

Caustic riffs and tight drumbeats help to drive the overall sense of angst and melancholy home. Think Architects meets Northlane—both bands of which Sanctum & Solace claim as major sources of inspiration—and you’ll get something akin to Made Wrong.

Add this EP to your must-listen list. We have a feeling this won’t be the last you’ll be hearing of Sanctum & Solace this year.

Rating: 7/10

Made Wrong is due for release on Friday, 23rd February on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and all your other faithful digital outlets.

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