WORDS BY: JEANETTE LEBLANC
ALBUM: INDULGENCE: A SAGA OF LIGHTS
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 2ND via HOPELESS RECORDS
For Fans of: Beartooth, Underoath, Panic! at the Disco, Chiodos, Motionless in White, The Color Morale, The Human Abstract.
After almost three years in the making, the time for Michigan heavy hitters SycAmour’s debut full-length release Indulgence: A Saga of Lights has come. Composed of vocalists Jeremy Gilmore and Tony Sugent, guitarist Zack Ferrell, bassist Charlie McCormick, and drummer Victor Yousof– this release delivers. (on iTunes here)
“We’ve spent more than 2 years getting this record together; closer to three if we’re talking about the entirety. Indulgence is our first genuine venture into the collective story universe we’ve been developing even prior to Obscure’s release in 2012. It’s a story about duality and how we, by human nature, contradict our beliefs, perspectives and worldviews; even though we like to think they’re perfect and infinite. More specifically though, it’s about Love, Revenge, Sex, Drugs, Unity, Sweat & Social Movement; whatever that means to you. Join The Heartwood,” said vocalist Jeremy Gilmore on Indulgence: A Saga of Lights.
Working alongside producer Johnny Franck and mix/masterer Nick Sampson, this album brings a sound and style unlike no other. Basically if Panic! at the Disco and Beartooth got together and decided they wanted to write a metalcore album, it may be something mildly relateable to what we can expect from this release.
Indulgence sucks you in right away with “The Measure”; it’s creative vocals, soothing piano & synth create visuals of deep desires and forbidden places, now that you’ve entered this Saga of Lights, there’s no turning back.
“We’re In Hell” is a crowd-pleaser that will bring the breakdowns, singalongs and momentous movements; using it’s raw and emotional vocals mixed with powerful uplifting parts, all in combination with slowed down moments of honesty and sincerity.
“Calm Down Juliet (What a Drama Queen)” is the debut-released track on this album, and definitely within reason. This track highlights SycAmour’s musicianship and unique vibes.
“Shut The Fuck Up” lives up to it’s name as it calms things down in the beginning; imagine yourself slowly dancing in a ballroom with a classy jazz band and your best suit on, now imagine an explosion- the jazz band plugs in and the dancers rage. Is it a dream? This song will take you to new places, with their spuratic Stray From The Path rough-like vocals and slowed down jazzy vibes this song will have you moving and serenaded throughout.
“Brakes” despite it’s title is far from slowing down, in fact this track is so upbeat and fun with it’s gang vocals and heavy breakdowns, that it will more likely get you pulled over for speeding while you rock out.
“Magnati” is the heaviest track on this album, as it starts out balls-deep in heavy riffin’ and gnarly vocals, if this song doesn’t make you want to jump out of your seat then you should probably just go home. This is the perfect “let’s open this pit up” live track.
Indulgence offers a perfect combination of guest vocals that both create powerful and interesting tones; “Composure” features Trenton Woodley (Hands Like Houses) and “Doubt” features Phil Druyor (ex. Attack! Attack!, I Am Abomination).
“Lack Thereof” and “Fine Science” wrap up this masterpiece with shier perfection. They manage to summarize the emotions and power within this album. Indulgence: A Saga Of Lights is an album you will want to lose yourself in, and then drag your friends along with you. You can start by purchasing it here.
Stand-Out Tracks: “The Measure”, “We’re In Hell”, “Brakes”, “Magnati”, “Composure”.
We’re In Hell
Calm Down Juliet (What a Drama Queen)
Shut The Fuck Up
Doubt (feat. Phil Druyor)
Composure (feat. Trenton Woodley)