An unlikely conglomeration of ornate animation and raw heavy metal has managed to prove itself to be a very worthwhile experiment with the release of Los Angeles-based power trio Sinicle’s new video, ‘Damnation’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Angels & Demons’, scheduled for release on September 22. The song itself is short and perhaps a little too short if you’re using this track as a template to base your opinions of the group upon, however there’s a lot of elements in what the group manage to articulately get across in the space of those two minutes and the defining nature of those elements are a high level of angst and grit that the group rely upon. The music is tight and the rhythms are nice but the tonality itself of the instrumentation is lovably messy, particularly the guitar tone which is just in actual fact quite bonkers. Now while watching the video one is plagued with the inevitable question of whether the video’s animated and seemingly quite jocular appeal holds compatibility in context with the themes expressed within the music, but strangely enough it DOES work. You get visual flashes of stick-like figures descending from the sky and it’s a mixture of creepy and trippy which compliments the demanding nature of the music which is quite visceral and heavy. I like it – it’s a strange combination but there’s something about it that leaves one feeling oddly rejuvenated.