I had first heard of Sannhet after some buzz on the internet concerning their debut full-length record that they released last year, Known Flood. Unfortunately, I did not get around to listening to it at that time, but rather early on this year, and I do somewhat regret not listening to this monster of a record before then, as I was surely missing out. Sannhet are an instrumental trio from Brooklyn, New York and they have a large focus on experimentation, as Known Flood embraces many elements and ideas from post-rock, noise-rock, shoegaze, and even black metal in some spots.
Despite Known Flood being the only full-length by Sannhet so far, it does display an ample amount of promise in the band, and definitely showcases their ability to stand out and do something more unique. Every track has a very foreboding and sinister atmosphere, and this merely accompanies the very tight musicianship. Sannhet’s creative songwriting also allows each track to feel fresh, new, and unlike the other tracks, because whether it be the manic black metal-esque sections or the leads crescendoing over either the ominous, slow-building rhythms, or even over the faster, more abrasive side that Sannhet display when they simply explode, every song has its identity and nothing disappoints.
Even their EP that they also put out last year, Lions Eye, is an incredibly good sampler as to what Sannhet is all about. Although these tracks do have a heavier focus on the amalgamation of post-rock and black metal, these tracks are much more abrasive and hardhitting than most of what would be found on Known Flood, yet retain the exciting songwriting as all of the sections weave into each other very seamlessly. And that is another strong point of Sannhet’s: despite the many different nuances from different genres, nothing ever feels bloated or otherwise disorienting. It all comes together not only masterfully, but very organically as well.
You can check out Sannhet’s music here: http://sannhet.bandcamp.com/album/lions-eye