The Sun Explodes- The Calm The Storm
Founded in June 2009, The Sun Explodes have released the follow up to their 2013 offering We Build Mountains; a theatrical little number full of well-written, hard hitting music surrounded by outstanding vocals. But can they do it again?
On The Calm they offer a haunting melody to commence the album, vocals burrow into your soul before it kicks off. Heavy guitars make their entrance ramping up the volume; the drum beat, relentless and powerful, adds another dimension to this superb introduction.
The Unnatural is an immediate change to the intro song; heavier from the start with a Baroness vibe, it is a lovely song, one I can see on repeat for a while to come. It is easy listening, not demanding, not a journey, just a chilled out song with some immense guitar talent backing it all up. This is a fantastical dreamscape of a song, surprising yet fulfilling and a real pleasure to hear.
The Grand Design is another heavy from the start little ditty complete with intense vocals tinged with melancholia and groove tinged inflections. Although a similar intro to its predecessor it takes a left to take it towards a completely different direction. It's deliberately provocative with an edgy sound and an amazing riff. The drum and guitar work here works so well, backing the vocals every step of the way but letting them shine, each part individually then as a whole, making the flow simplistic yet impressive
I Walk Alone proceeds with a catchy riff starts this one, impressive once more in its technical ability and simplicity that these guys do so well. A sped up chorus keeps the tempo going ensuring freshness throughout. A painful walk through a troubled time, no doubt cathartic for the writer as well as the listener.
Storm of Light finishes the album in spectacular fashion with an awe inspiring piano beginning twinned with evocative, melodious vocals that sweep you away as you delve further into the song. An unexpected twist but a bloody welcome one, the talent that these fellas have is immense. Flowing through to the heavier, prog style that is fast becoming their trademark, before finishing with aplomb and class as it moves back to that haunting piano work. Incredible to hear, the song develops from a humble cocoon, growing, spreading its wings and emerging as the most beautiful musical butterfly. This for me is the stand out song, if you don’t want to listen to the rest of the album, fine, but make sure you listen to this.
With their latest offering, The Sun Explodes, offers technical excellence with a huge slab of humility, it is compelling and grand whilst being almost meek. Shunning the grandiose approach makes them and their music all the more appealing.
Incredibly talented, I genuinely hope to hear more from them.
Words: Kat Hilton