It is what Sertraline fans have been waiting two years for! The Leeds / Manchester metal quintet have released a brand new single entitled, Relapse! You can read our review of their last EP, Guilty here.
Relapse is the first new music from Sertraline since their acclaimed 2017 EP Guilty. Here’s the lowdown from Sertraline themselves about the track:
“We’ve developed and evolved so much since the last EP, we needed to release something that reflects who we are now. There’s way more aggression in this track; through the vocals, guitar tones, drumming style, everything! But we’ve kept our signature catchy melodies and layers of ‘atmospheric goodness’. ‘Relapse’ has been a huge learning process – we’re beyond excited to get it out there! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
You can also listen to a short interview we conducted with the band about the new single and their upcoming tour below.
So after such a long wait for new music, how is Relapse? Simple, it’s bloody great.
A fierce mix of huge sounding heaviness, savage groove with melodic highs. It’s not a million miles away from what long-term fans are used too but there is definitely much more focus on a deeper and more severe heavy sound.
The gruff and rawness of the opening vocals (front-woman Lizzie showing off some serious range) and techy guitars is as direct as it could possibly be. From that point Relapse just grows and grows into an electrifying blend of roaring riffs, high-powered vocals and unfathomable heaviness. The split-second switch between soaring singing and beastly roars is fantastic. Something that is really going to surprise anyone who isn’t on board already with the talents of Sertraline.
Fans won’t have to wait long to have a chance to hear Relapse in the flesh as just a few days after the release of the single, Sertraline are hitting the road. They’ll be opening up for Skarlett Riot, with Fahran also on the tour, for four dates in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester and London. Full details, including ticket links, can be found below:
Relapse by Sertraline
The Final Score - 9/10