Many know Sweden for producing bands with incredibly heavy music from bands like Meshuggah, At the Gates, and Entombed among others, but Sweden has also produced some bands like Blindside with a hard but very melodic and more radio-friendly sound. In that vein is Sarea with their second album, This is Not Goodbye.
Sarea formed in 2008 and released their first album, Alive, in 2010 with the goal of creating a debut with “major hit potential”. The songs on Alive were stripped down and straightforward, no-filler with the longest song clocking in around four minutes. As a testament to the popularity of the album, the single “Another Me” currently has over 1.5 million views on YouTube. The band followed up the release of the album with touring during 2011 and returned to the studio in 2012 to begin recording This is Not Goodbye.
On the plus side, Sarea open up This is Not Goodbye without an intro track, choosing to buck the current trend and just build an intro piece into their first song. I thank them for that. “Conform with Me” is that first track and opens up with a bit of intro music and then a keyboard heavy start to the song and format that instantly brings to mind bands like Skillet and Thousand Foot Krutch. Heavy undertones but very radio-friendly and melodic. Continue reading »