Newcastle’s Sin Theta specialise in progressive thrash and progressive thrash (with more emphasis on the prog than the thrash) is exactly what they deliver on new single “Obsolescence”.
As insights on Sin Theta’s forthcoming EP go, “Obsolescence” is the perfect precursor to what should be an outstanding debut from a hugely exciting prospect. These guys are fantastic musicians, pure and simple, and with the likes of Marc Jackson behind the kit (current Acid Reign, ex M-Pire Of Evil), Guy Laverick handling guitars (Chaos Theory) and Craig Elliott on bass (Def Con One), this is a band with a lot of bite and plenty of pedigree.
A meaty semi-ballad that drives ferocious grooves into your gut – while tickling your cerebrals with plenty of progressive metal flourishes – “Obsolescence” expertly builds apprehension and expectation via a Nevermore-esque haunting intro, before unleashing a monster of a metal track that stomps and growls its way through 5 and a half minutes of prime metal sounds.
With thunderous percussion, soaring solos and versatile vocals recalling the classic sounds of Pantera and Metallica (at their most accessible, it must be said), Sin Theta’s overriding power lies in their supreme balance of moody melodic subtlety and awesome, earth-shaking power; a combination that bodes very well for Sin Theta’s forthcoming EP! 8/10