|Review: Sunbomb - Evil and Divine|
|Evil and Divine|
Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 13, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Evil and Divine
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Sunbomb is a new collaboration between a couple of well-known musicians whose names I'm not going to reveal yet because the music on Evil and Divine sounds very different from what their names would lead you expect. The songs here are solid '80s US-style metal with big riffs, booming bass and high-pitched vocals that also has deep roots in the hard rock of the '70s. They remind me of Dio in terms of style, whether it be the anthemic "Life" or "They Fought" with their huge, hooky choruses or the slower, Dehumanizer-era doom of "World Gone Wrong" and "Take Me Away" on which the band lays down a thick slab of bottom end and lets it simmer. As I said, the '70s is also a clear reference, from some Sabbathy atmosphere here, a Jimmy Page riff there, an Ace Frehley solo here and a UFO chorus over there. Knowing who was involved initially had me on my guard, but if I hadn't known, I would have chalked this up for what it is: a solid collection of '80s metal with a fistful of '70s hard rock influences that is quite entertaining. For that haven't looked it up already, Tracii Guns and Michael Sweet are the well-known musicians behind Sunbomb but, as I indicated at the beginning, Evil and Divine has little in common with Stryper or L.A. Guns beyond the umbrella of rock and roll, so don't hesitate to check it out.
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