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Review: The Fifth Sun - The Hunger to Survive
The Fifth Sun
The Hunger to Survive

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 44:05
Tracks: 11
Genre: Melodic Death Metal


Review online: June 28, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)

Wow, I get this out of the blue, sophomore album from The Fifth Sun – a band out of Minnesota of all fucking places - and it completely blows me away. I can see no reason whatsoever for a band this amazing to be unsigned, unless they want to stay independent, because this disc will make any record exec from Century Media drop his shit right where he's standing.

The Fifth Sun are firmly in the Gothenburg school, and while I can decry the overpopulation of that scene, I can't argue with this disc at all. TFS are already more than ready to play with the big boys – Suidakra, Dark Tranquility - you name it, this band has the stuff to match them. In fact the closest comparison here is probably to Suidakra's Signs For The Fallen, if not quite as awesome, and without any folk tendencies. The only tendencies this band does have is to write completely godly, headstomping riffs and fire them at you like a machine gun. The killer opener and title track sets the stage, and then awesome followers like "Meaning In The Movements", "Nameless", the killer "Failing To See" and the stellar "Secluded Acres". "Intimate Moments" is a bit cliché, and "Leveling The Playing Field" is not very good, but those are the only buts I have on this great disc. The production is awesome, and it should be, since the band laid out the cash to fly all the way to fucking Sweden and record at Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordstrom.

Out of the clear fucking blue The Fifth Sun have cranked up an ungodly badass metal machine, and I only hope it gets them the respect they so richly deserve. Anyone who enjoys melodic Death Metal, or metal in any way shape or form will enjoy this raging slab of fury. Highly recommended and a band to watch. The Fifth Sun are going to be big.

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