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Review: Sunless Rise - Promo
Sunless Rise

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 17:50
Tracks: 4
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 4.83/5 (96.67%) (24 Votes)

Sunless Rise are a new band from Russia, playing a style common of Finnish acts such as Children of Bodom and Norther. Their sound is largely drawn from Follow The Reaper-era Children of Bodom, although their keyboard use as well as overall sound rings out classier, sprinklings of acts such as Dragonforce and a few of the other more shred orientated acts spring to mind too. I have to admit these guys are good; they do this sound better than the majority of their competition which is no small feat considering this is a measly four track promo. Given the right growth I think these guys could become something very special, there are some massive hints of greatness in the later half of this release. For the band's first release the production is very professional, clear yet still in your face as well as a very modern sound with triggered drum. The keyboards can be quite overpowering at time, although I don't see this as a bad thing as their keyboardist is clearly quite talented and what he's doing is actually really interesting, take a look at the intro of "Awakenings" with an icy cool tone and mystical feel to the keys.

The four tracks kick off with the furious "Nothing to Save", blasting out with a guitar and keyboard duel, this track is fast and in your face and is over before you even had the time to register what happened. As mentioned earlier "Awakenings" begins with a cool keyboard intro that leads into some very power metal riffing, real cool track. "Lost Path" stands as the most melodic track on offer as well as the most interesting with some really cool ideas especially with the interplay between the guitars and keys in the verses. The final track "Sunless Rise" is my favorite, it really reminds me of Dragonland in place and is another track featuring some real cool ideas. They let the bass take centre stage in the middle and it's really cool. The only major niggle is that I feel they're trying to do too much with the vocals, the main style ranging from deep growls to the rasps common of the Finnish bands with melody thrown in at various places throughout the release. None of which sound really good but they're passable and hardly detract from the quality.

Overall Sunless Rise deliver four quality tracks of fast shredding power metal with a few death metal touches. You can get this promo for free from their website so it's hard not to recommend this. Obviously if you hate this kind of thing you can give Sunless Rise a wide berth, however if fast double kicking, shredding guitars, and keyboard solos is something that interests you, you really have no excuse not to check these guys out. I for one can't wait to hear a full-length.

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