Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dark Suns-Grave, Human, Genuine


Germany’s Dark Suns have released their first effort in three years and it’s a rather scattered blast of progressive, avant garde and metal. Thee drums at their peak are just all over the place in a chaotic rage of sounds and they were by far the highlight of this album for me. The bass was there at times, but not as active I was hoping for. The guitars were kind of a disappointment on several tracks with rather thin intermittent bursts that were neither powerful or intriguing enough to really make their precense known. This really bugged because the overall needed some more risks from the six strings, but it didn’t happen enough and the overall feel of the music suffered some for sure. The vocals varied from clean to kind of high pitched shrieks that sometimes hit some melodies and sometimes they didn’t. My impression was just there just wasn’t enough on here to keep my interest. They had some moments of bashing and noise that drew me in initially, but they never quite had of anything going on. I am not sure who this is going to appeal to because it’s not metal enough to bring metal fans in. The progressive parts lack strong guitar or vocals and just are not wild or adventurous enough to really appeal to avant garde fans. It’s not that it’s all bad, but they just don’t seem to have a real direction and they don’t make very good use of their time.


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