Photo: Navin Johnson
Sacramento-based rock outfit Sages introduces their brand-new single, “Walk Away,” a track lifted from their upcoming self-titled EP, slated for release this summer. The EP was engineered, mixed, and produced by Beau Burchell.
Made up of Dean Vidovich (vocals), Ryan Cavalli (guitar), Matt Franks (bass), and Chris Robyn (drums), Sages sound blends elements of prog-metal and post-hardcore with hints of metalcore, resulting in atmospheric melodies and washes of heavy guitars.
Through happenstance, the power of song, exploration, and analysis of the simulation in 2020, Sages found the necessary connection to focus and create. Immediately a flood of new music arrived and was derived from the collective excitement and depths of the soul not previously tapped. The cohesiveness of the sound and vision allowed Sages to inspire each other and push their individual talents beyond prior heights.
“Walk Away” rolls out on thick waves of heavy guitars riding a potent rhythm composed of finessed, pummeling percussion and a fat, throbbing bassline. When Vidovich’s rasping, evocative vocals enter, the song takes on taut, portentous surfaces, followed by a viscous bridge descending to a softer, melodic interlude.
Vaguely reminiscent of Chevelle crossed with Breaking Benjamin, with dollops of Avenged Sevenfold, the harmonics hum and swell on massive guitars, pulsating with dense, heft textures, giving the tune tones of sepulchral gravity.
At once formidable yet infused with an essential sonic elegance, “Walk Away” delivers nuanced, irresistible tangs of hard-hitting prog-metal.