Music, as mediums tend to go, has the ability to spawn some of the greatest senses of emotion in human beings. Songs that make you want to clutch your chest and pound to the rawness of the vocals and the music as a whole. The tempo, the rhythms created, and the even the tones utilised to evoke the realest of emotions and feelings. London new blood, The Sun Never Set, deliver an EP to us, highlighting their start in a career of creating heart-wrenching and motivational music. But is it all a little too reminiscent?
The combination of technical, djent riffing and ambient, melodic hardcore doesn’t immediately seem like a match made in heaven from the offset, but they find a home rather nicely on The Sun Never Set’s self titled debut. Combining sound-scape driven downtempo hardcore rhythms and the occasionally scintillating tech riff, the lads certainly aren’t afraid to show their influences, and that is definitely not an awful thing by any measure; but it isn’t necessarily good either.
By that barometer, the music is definitely great, there’s no doubt about that. The vocals are raw and throaty, but also somehow beefy at the same time. The stringsmen work together so perfectly in tandem with the tribal-esque drumwork to really give the whole release a particularly massive sound and, as mentioned earlier, the feels are certainly strong with these ones with huge drawn out and personality filled vocal patterns, and ethereal tremolo work cutting through the crawling rhythm lines.
There’s really no doubt in my mind that these guys are fantastic musicians. They’ve shown that with this release, but there is one single thing that keeps calling out to me about it all, which I really wish it didn’t: Devil Sold His Soul with more subdrops. Like anything else, for bands starting out it’s important to walk before you crawl, and there’s nothing wrong with emulating a style or staying tight to a genre. What I would absolutely love from TSNS, is for future releases to really put some personal spin in there, and really make their music their own. It’s great, but it all seems a little too close to home.