Unique Instrumental Prog

Nov. 16, 2016


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The Pitch: Russian instrumental black prog project continues to mature its unique sound with another eclectic release.  "The album includes artwork and story lines for each individual track, which should not be ignored if a person is to truly understand the songs."

What I Like:  There are plenty of djenty prog acts out there.  Most of them end up just sounding like metalcore minus the vocals.  Not so with Second To Sun.  They are not married to any particular style, and low end is just another tool in their toolbox.  You wouldn't use a screwdriver on a nail would you?  Sometimes the job calls for blastbeats and blackened tremolos, others bouncy synthesizers and folky Equilibriumisms, and still others everything gets stripped away for a much rawer sound.  I am also loving the oriental-sounding additions a la Whispered and Tengger Cavalry.

What I Don't Like: I think these guys still have a few strides to make in creating their masterpiece, but they are certainly on the right track.  Generally, though, I dig everything about this album.

The Verdict: Second To Sun have taken some major steps forward from the already notable 2015 release, The First Chapter.  Their sound is eclectic and unique when paired against similar acts.  This is an album that can bring fans of the genre to a much darker sound.

Flight's Fav's: "Chokk Kapper," "Region 13," "The Yoke"