Not too much stood out and captivated me when it came to album releases like they have in the past but then again I could be wrong.
I never did say that NOTHING stood out though. Breakdown of Sanity is a band that really stood out among their latest album release 'Perception' and were well deserving of my praise in 2013.
The sound of the band might seem off putting to some as it can be chuggy at times but don't be so quick to judge. Breakdown of Insanity does well to make sure they're not your typical generic metal band you see or hear about often. While the detractors will argue that every track sounds the same as any other band they would consider Djent I highly advise you ignore them. Every song has it's own style and feel that leads well onto the next one. There are a wide assortment of catchy melodies ('Hero' being an example) within every song along with some very well written solos you might even want to do some air guitar for, such as in one of the tracks 'Chapters'. The drumming is definitely something that cannot be ignored as seeing how fun and catchy they are with his counter parts on guitar. Hell if you don't air guitar and prefer to drum as you drive or sit on public transportation this is an album for you as well. The guitar tone and drumming are very clear and tight compared to other self produced albums that it can be a rarity for bands doing these type of things on their own so this is a great treat for some.
The vocals on 'Perception' are one of the strongest qualities on this album compared to their previous DIY releases in terms of recording and skill. On previous releases the vocals are not as consistent and the quality could have been considered a tad muddy in sound but that is not the case this time around. The vocals are strong and consistent within every track adding the intensity you expect from the lead man in a band with heavy guitars and intense drumming. Although there are few clean vocals in the album they are very well placed and serve their purpose in the tracks they are in and sound spectacular.
We've all heard of the phrase, "My life flashed before my eyes", when someone feels they are nearing the end of their life. Well that phrase can be considered as a form of visualization and in the first track 'Exodrium', the band gives you a sense of the phrase in sound for fifty seconds. Intensity is how the album begins and follows through from one song on to the next and ends with serenity (ending track ' Cardiac Silhouette') as one would expect a good life would. The album is what I would call a canvas of emotions put into sound and it shows. Breakdown of Sanity manages to capture emotions one would experience in their life time from anger, sorrow, and bliss and put them into their sound. One could argue the genre of Metal is those for the angry at heart but I could also argue that the music can be well associated with times of overcoming obstacles in life as well as times of peace within themselves and 'Perception' is an album well worth associating with.