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Sinai Beach
Immersed (Victory Records)

By: Mike SOS

Sinai Beach is a bruising quintet whose latest foray into the world of extreme metal finds the Southern California outfit churning out some groove-laden metalcore a la Lamb of God, Pantera, and Unearth. Add on a discernible Christian theme, and sprinkle in some questionable atonal yet clean vocals that either will irritate or make the break between screams seems more palatable, and you've got IMMERSED. Displaying 12 tracks of relentlessly fierce metal with traces of programming a la Chimaira sprouting up every now and again on cuts like "To The Church", the band's hardcore metallic assault on tracks like the staccato style of "The God I Would Be" and the mighty metal groove of "The Stagnate" hold up best here. Downtuned madness with a holy edge, Sinai Beach's most recent release may not appeal to the usual ears that enjoy the heavier type of metal, but this outfit has pieced together a unique mixture of musical presentation and personal beliefs, making IMMERSED a triumphant release nonetheless.
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