Sertaline has returned with a compilation which consists of their ep's "Shade" "From Both our hands" and "These Mills Are Oceans" the last 2 which where reviewed in this zine and this is a review of their compilation album "The Streetlight Was All We Needed" which will be released in 2021 by Hypnotic Dirge Records.
Shoegaze influenced guitar solos and leads start off the compilation before adding in some heavy post metal style riffing. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
Atmospheric elements can also be heard quite a bit throughout the compilation while a couple of tracks are also instrumental. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with a great portion of the tracks also being very long and epic in length.
Throughout the compilation you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some tracks also utilizing clean playing as well as some songs also adding in synths, acoustic guitars and spoken word parts can also be heard on a couple of tracks. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover guilt, regret, addiction, anxiety, depression, love and hope themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Sertaline and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Shade" "The Knowledge Of Trees" and "Their Cities". 8 out of 10.