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Friday, January 28, 2022

Sinful Ways drops an atomic size video “Manhattan”

Ottawa, Canada’s Sinful Ways have a new music video for their track “Manhattan” off their sophomore EP “Darkest Days” that was recently unleashed on December 10th.

Designed for mosh pit debauchery, the song draws inspiration from the atomic bomb it’s named after. Lyrically, “Manhattan” has more of a political focus, criticizing mans need for dominance and superiority while disregarding the needs of society. If you listen closely to the outro section in Manhattan, the bass part was played by drummer Dave Matlak hitting the open string with drum sticks.

Sinful Ways’ new EP “Darkest Days” blends melodic and thrashy elements along with three members sharing vocal duties, bassist Brad Lake doing cleans, drummer Dave Matlak doing main screams, and guitarist Frank Lahache on backing screams. The recording is an eighteen-minute exploration of war, anarchy, third world struggles, and mental health. Engaging fans with a mood-setting intro of crows, bells, and the wind, Sinful Ways lay a path into the opening track “Vow of the Devil”, a riffy, thrashy melodic vs. harsh experience. From there that band gets your fist-pumping with the anthemic “Bury The Hatchet”, which only gets you prepared for the perfectly titled “Manhattan”, an atomic bomb song solely written with a mosh pit in mind. To close out the EP, fans will experience “Pursuit”, the band’s most adventurous song that features an orchestral arrangement at the start before slamming into harmonized, sweep picking guitars.

The band adds about “Darkest Days”:

​”Everyone struggles from time to time; we even recorded this EP remotely during these Covid times. We believe we finally found a way to blend our various styles and elements to create some mosh pit favourites! We want people to remember why they got into metal, the energy, the fun, and the guitars. We want them to relive the days they discover good music! From front to back, we believe this EP holds a lot of musical value.”