Canadian singer/songwriter Jeff Sanna has made an impressive mark on the metal scene with the launch of his debut EP.
Jeff released At Winter’s End on 30 December and it’ll have you hooked with its intense and atmospheric, melodic yet heavy sound. Along with being packed with metal goodness it also has a wealth of collaborations, including Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within) and Tim MacMillar (Protest The Hero).
Our first taste of his music is the impressive What’s Left When Hope Is Gone featuring Clancy, who actually appears on three of Jeff’s tracks. A darting guitar riff and drawn-out chords open up then a barrage of big screamed vocals over lively guitars and pounding drums. It intensifies in a huge smash of drums and guitars and a cry of “What is left when hope is gone then” feeds into singalong vocals and a huge chorus supported by massive driving drums.
The track continues in the same vein, with plenty of mighty guitar riffs and huge screamed vocals combining in a cacophony of powerful metal goodness. That flows through to a really cool guitar solo, which drops into big doomy guitar chords over screamed vocals to bring the song to a close.
Chris also features on the excellent Cold, which opens up with a darting guitar riff over huge drums. That drops into a verse of call and answer vocals that drop into a big singalong chorus which finishes on a guttural cry of “Cold” and a smash of guitars. Check it out below:
We had a chat with Jeff to find out more about him and his music. Read on below…
GR: Who is Jeff Sanna?
JS: “I’m a composer/songwriter from a small town in North Western Ontario, Canada. I’ve always recorded music, even if it meant using the microphone jack of my old Windows 95 computer as a kid. I started taking it seriously in 2013 when I built my studio, and learned as much as I could about recording and mixing/mastering.”
GR: You just released What’s Left When Hope Is Gone. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
JS: “People should expect a pretty fast and in-your-face metal song. This is definitely the heaviest song on my EP. I wrote it when I was far away from home for a while and missing my daughter and my fiancé. That somber/depressed mood definitely affected how this song turned out.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
JS: “I would describe my sound as a mixture of early metalcore with modern production and more cinematic elements.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
JS: “Inspiration for music comes from everywhere, but it usually hits me at the weirdest times. The opening section for this song actually came to me while I was in the kitchen cooking chicken one day.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
JS: “My sound is definitely influenced the most by bands like Trivium and Killswitch Engage, although the spark for me to finally record my own songs came when I first heard I Legion’s Beyond Darkness. I Legion was created by Fred Riverin, another Canadian home studio guitarist, and it was so cool seeing him independently release such an amazing album. It really inspired me to start recording my own stuff to see what I could come up with.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
JS: “For now in 2020 I’m just enjoying the recent release of my EP, although I’ve slowly begun plans for a full-length follow-up.”