10 / 10
"Everything on this album was great … even with as good as the instrumentals were with a vast amount of talent and zestfulness, I don’t think anything stuck out to me more than the vocals did. To be in a band that has instrumentals as diverse as this one, it’s important that you have a singer that can match that criteria with his or her voice … purely dynamic … a great example of the high intellect that musicians in this genre can accomplish … makes me happy to be a fan of Heavy Metal."
10 / 10
"… 'Psychosis' the successor to the great 'Locust Lunatic Asylum' ... definitely one step ahead ... an overall work of art …"
9,5 / 10
"Different styles are combined into one and in the perfect manner ... Torsten Schramm can let off steam here ... a broad metallic listening experience and a true ear treat, which will turn several times!"
9 / 10
"With this album, SOBER TRUTH excel in all respects ... old fans will immediately find access to 'Psychosis' ... a musical masterpiece."
(Metal United Bonn/Rhein-Sieg)
9 / 10
"… full of surprises ... extremely clean produced ... grooving really well and can already inspire at the first listening ... extremely refreshing and young Metal, which knows no bounds and which radiates a great amount of energy ... this can only be done by an underground band that just loves to produce cool music and does not care about anything else ..."
(Time For Metal)
9 / 10
"… the so far best album of the Siegburg group ... extremely exciting and immensely varied genre mix ... wild roller coaster ride through the human psyche ... makes you hungry for more …"
9 / 10
"… a conglomeration of creativity ... great art ... an intense, atmospherically dense album of a band that hopefully will not only remain the critics' darling, but will receive the attention it absolutely deserves … check out gifts of the gods like 'Utopia' or the oppressive title track, you will not be disappointed!"
8,5 / 10
"… anything but happy ... SOBER TRUTH have released their most varied, melodic and at the same time most bulky album with 'Psychosis', which does not detract from the fascination of the music … the implementation of the certainly not easy topic about the human psyche is mostly successful in a gloomy way and the band has kept its very own spirit ... as always a pleasure of the extreme kind."
(Rock Castle Franken)
13 / 15
"... convince all along and impress in particular by the varied songwriting, which makes it almost impossible to pin the band in a genre ... a dark and aggressive monster ... courageous ... the often dark and melancholic mix out of Thrash and groovy Metal, which is not too bad at fishing in other Metal areas, is full of power, great rhythm, cool riffs and a very diverse vocals ... compliment ... "
8,2 / 10
"… mix of Progressive Groove with Nu Metal and Thrash … singer and guitarist Torsten is going all the way … SOBER TRUTH has actually pleasantly surprised me and I would not be surprised if they would gain more international acclaim with this album."
8 / 10
"… oscillates between tradition and modernity and also contains some progressive elements ... playfully sophisticated, but still catchy ... dark atmosphere ... typical groove elements of bands like Pantera or Machine Head ... here and there a Thrashy Kreator-Touch ... highly professional!"
8 / 10
"Melody, groove, blastbeats, clear vocals, growls and a pinch of thrash are skillfully twisted into an eclectic mix on the new album ... catchy and easy to mosh with ... SOBER TRUTH mix a lot, but despite everything always have the knack, from all parts incredibly good songs to conjure up ... autonomy meets catchiness ... above the whole, again thrones the vocals of Torsten Schramm."
7,8 / 10
"… there is undoubtedly an exotic element in these eleven themes that bind us and make us come back for more … it is worth checking."
(World Of Metal)
7,5 / 10
"… one of a kind modern Metal mix … massive and groovy guitar riffs, various gifted vocals, razor sharp bass lines and dynamic drums … for fans of progressive Groove Metal as well as Extreme Metal …"
(Sounds From The Vortex)
"SOBER TRUTH delivers a very great album with 'Psychosis', which is recommended for sure!"
(Dutch Metal Maniac)
"How many Metal bands go their own way without following a beaten path or clinging to trends? SOBER TRUTH is one. Their fifth album convinces with unbridled power and atmosphere ... 'Psychosis' remains insistent from beginning to end and lives on an incredible dynamic. Big thing!"
"… very special and out of the standard … really well structured … full power … guitars to the maximum … good ideas, mirrored by a great sound."
"'Psychosis' is 1990’s European Heavy Metal … a band in movement … SOBER TRUTH are always evolving."
"… a snarling, writhing tempest of the band’s already individual Progressive Groove Metal but has breached a whole new expanse of varied sound driven by an imagination living a up to its title … in short 'Psychosis' is one dramatically thrilling engagement."
(The Ringmaster Review)
"… definitely in your face … full of energy … a kind of nice, epic feel … fresh … new … well balanced …"
"… music diversity of 'Psychosis' is top notch … SOBER TRUTH sounds fresh, modern, and on its own way, pretty heavy … 'Psychosis' has matchless studio production … it`s their pinnacle album so far … as a huge music fan, I live for albums like this one."
"The Bonn based band flank clear song structures with numerous twists that keep 'Psychosis' interesting over the entire playing time ... a qualitatively considerable foundation ..."
"… it's experimenting, exploring, and that's what makes this album so special ... a damn good, intriguing and, above all, independent band that does what it does ... fascinating ... an incredible listening experience ... a damn good record ... I cannot detect any special 'highlights', because each song is a 'highlight' of itself …"
(Bad Black Unicorn)
"… heavier and faster than its predecessor … strong … harsh … furious … able to produce such variate works but at the same time defines of their style."
(Metal Em Portugal)
"… extremely varied ... partly experimental ... ingenious guitar solos ... the vocals generally convey a lot of aggressiveness ... intense ... a powerful listening experience …"
"From blastbeats, tappings, clean parts to their own touch, they really have something for everyone ... it will definitely not be boring with this album even after repeated listening ... with force, unstoppable and mercilessly honest …"
"… a crazy, but totally successful Metalmix, which is extraordinary as well as brilliant … one of the most exciting ear canal destructions ... Metal has not such highly surprised for a long time …"
(Rock Radio FM)
"… Sound that crosses several genres ... from hammering Hardcore, Progressive Metal to home-made Blues is all therein ... SOBER TRUTH does not like to get stuck, do its own thing and that's good this way ... we would have considered this a daring experiment before, but SOBER TRUTH completely convinced us."
►► Locust ▼ Lunatic Asylum • Album 2017 ◄◄
5 / 5
"… a really good album at the start, in which everything is right, that is demanding as well as easy to hear."
5 / 5
"The songs go in the ear and the disc offers a lot of variety and a lot of lyrical depth."
9,5 / 10
"Vocally, singer Torsten Schramm shows himself here the entire 45 minutes in the highest qualitative spheres, and the instrumental section is perfectly in the groove."
4,5 / 5 - episch
"So if you like it hard, but do not want to miss the melodies and the mood, you should definitely give the style mix of SOBER TRUTH a chance, a mixture that seems unconventional only at first sight."
8,5 / 10
"In just under 46 minutes, SOBER TRUTH fires off an official riff and groove fireworks this year …"
12 / 15
"'Locust Lunatic Asylum' stands for absolute Champions League songwriting and creates an album to work on with joy."
80 / 100
"… very well written and produced … clean, powerful sound with a careful composition of melodies."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
8 / 10
"The album offers fans of Prog Groove Metal in 46 minutes everything your heart desires."
8 / 10
"… here is groove as the old school teaches …"
11 / 15
"In the tenth year of their existence, SOBER TRUTH still dare to experiment and win all along ... nothing less than one of the most exciting underground combos in Germany at the moment."
7,5 / 10
"'… has a certain atmosphere and at the same time, shows a modern, finished style."
7,5 / 10
"… can also score at traditional Metal fans, which is because SOBER TRUTH still have enough Thrash Metal elements in their music ... done well ... the songs always stay straight and kick ass ... and although a lot happens here, it is always understandable."
7 / 10
"The first thing that strikes in SOBER TRUTH is its above-average professionalism …"
"… technically absolutely clean and perfect ... I rarely heard an album that was produced with such a dense sound and in which the various elements of Progressive Rock / Metal, Groove Metal and Thrash Metal merge in such a way ... a balanced overall picture. Variety seems to be one of the trademarks of SOBER TRUTH, and so a few weeks or months should pass before you have enough."
"The band manages to mixture several elements in order to form easy listenable compositions and full of Groove, in which I want to highlight the drums with their strong presence and the voices."
(Metal Em Portugal)
"In a few words we can conclude that this is a very decent edition of the German underground scene. It sounds unusual, yet familiar. They can make a number of references to other artists, but it does not harm the music because nothing is copied."
"… a robust blend of various influences … the songs exude a nice rhythmical stability, have stylistic variety, have interesting exacerbations and remissions …"
(Flight Of Pegasus)
"Music is very diverse … thrashy, groovy sound and plenty of good riffs going on this album … "Locust Lunatic Asylum" spins many music narrations and is far away of being monothematic: music or lyric wise. In this, I find a karma for me."
"Good production, everything sounds powerful and entertaining, and for those who do not know this type of music, I will say that there are no intros or others or keyboards, no silly stuff. Everything goes directly to the Prog Groove / Thrash of the hardest, bluntly, by a band that will not disappoint. Candidate to disc of the year."
"What I really like is just this variety ... yet you can hear that it is SOBER TRUTH ... the album is consistent in spite of the different styles ... this makes it one of my favorites."
North Rhine-Westphalia • Germany
Progressive Groove Metal
February 23. 2019
Experimental. Variable. Unconventional: Some attributes which perfectly describe the sound of SOBER TRUTH. The sound of this band is quite unique, a break of most musical conventions.
From the start in 2007, narrow-minded folks and rigid ears have been struggling with the edgy sound of the PROGRESSIVE GROOVE METAL formation.
On the new album buster "Psychosis" singer and guitarist Torsten Schramm, lead guitarist Aaron Vogelsberg, bass-witch Jules RoCkwell and drummer Sam Baw go so massive in the full as never before.
The quartet's most mature work to date presents a truly eruptive burst of modern Metal music that takes its listeners into another world.
The combination of melancholic rich sounds, energetically resounding guitar riffs, driving drums and punchy bass-lines can excite fans of Progressive Rock / Metal, Groove Metal and Thrash Metal alike.
The hard and groovy guitar riffs on "Psychosis" are a powerful base to bring out the driving choruses and the very versatile vocals along with rough shouts.
Blastbeats, tappings, clean parts, the 2019 palette is quite wide. But the accurately targeted diversity in the tracks also includes rousing played, very variably accented drums.
[ Pic: Jonas Steingraeber • Freylin Fotografie ]
Lyrically, SOBER TRUTH have gone to so much trouble for "Psychosis" to compete with a contemporary concept. (Markus Eck)
The band commented about: "What do we see in the human being facing us, does he show us his truth or a mask? The inner grief changes him, imperceptibly, cruelly, tearing him and scarring his psyche. Everyone knows the feeling of powerlessness, at first timid, then with force flooding our consciousness, unstoppable and mercilessly.The wave ebbs, leaving behind a trembling, naked body, the worst is yet to come: fear ..."
More: "With titles like 'Akardos' (Heartless), 'Solitude' and especially the title track 'Psychosis', we enter a personal universe of grief, loneliness, doubt that many people know. With 'Psychosis' awakens maybe a truth that we repressed ... but also hope, power and confidence. SOBER TRUTH takes us on a mental rollercoaster ride that lets the last track roll out congenially. We're changing every day, all our lives. The new album picks up where we start to repress. 'Psychosis' looks at our scarred psyche and tells our story."
[ Pic: Jonas Steingraeber • Freylin Fotografie ]
Founded in 2007 in Bonn, Germany as a band of rebels, the members were intent on following their own vision: constant change. Not only do they overcome all musical stereotypes, singer and guitar player Torsten Schramm, bass witch Jules Rockwell, lead-guitar player Marvin Creek and drummer Samir Al Baw break down all musical walls inside your head as well.
Their success is obvious: since their formation the band has followed its vision without any hesitation and has played more than 250 shows so far, sharing the stage with well known bands like Crematory, The Sorrow, Sodom, Copia, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Sister Sin, Contradiction, Cripper, Rabenschrey, Monstagon and Eisbrecher while gathering many new and faithful fans during their gigs.
Furthermore, SOBER TRUTH graced many popular festivals like Rheinkultur, Metal Franconia, Metal For Mercy, Til ́Someone Cries und Ragnarock Open Air with their powerful live-performances. Local radio stations, for example WDR–Radio Bonn-Rhein-Sieg as well as other online radio stations feature them quite often as guests.
2008 Riven (Full-length)
2009 Outta Hell (Full-length)
2011 Outta Hell (Full-length • Special Edition)
2014 New Slavery World (EP)
2017 Locust ▽ Lunatic Asylum (Full-length)
2019 Psychosis (Full-length)
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