One of the best-kept secrets in the forever-burning Chilean underground, Santiago’s SUFFERING SIGHTS formed in 2017 and have been steadily building their sound across a successive stream of two demos, a digital single, and most recently an EP. Now, that full arsenal of songs have been delivered in their ultimate form on the band’s long-awaited debut album, When Sanity Becomes Insanity.
For those who’ve been following SUFFERING SIGHTS so far, the majority of the ten songs comprising When Sanity Becomes Insanity should come as no surprise: a feverish blast of deathrashing metal in the vein of later Possessed, Dark Angel, Texas’ Devastation, and even ‘80s Death. Ripping is their assault and stout is their songwriting, with all instruments clearly heard (and powerful) in the mix, the quartet truly using their enviable chops in service of those ten songs. But, what’s perhaps most surprising is how POWERFUL that production is: both era-authentic and timeless all the same, the album feels like a punch in the face while leaving a dizzying delirium in the mind, sounding exactly how a proper death/thrash record should. “No more but no less,” as the maxim goes, which is all the more special given how rare such deathrash is these days.
So, When Sanity Becomes Insanity, open your eyes and see such SUFFERING SIGHTS!
Dying Victims Productions (Germany), 2022.