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Review: Sunrise - Trust Your Soul
Trust Your Soul

Label: Heart of Steel Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 68:05
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 4, 2011
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating
Trust Your Soul

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

This is an amazing piece of melodic metal – I don't know what these guys did; made a deal with the devil or whatever, but I hope they keep on doing it. Sunrise are a Ukranian band, this is their second album titled Trust Your Soul, and it is absolutely stunning. There aren't many big melodic metal bands from Ukraine at all, but if this is any indication, I hope more pop up in the next few years.

The basic sound is something like a slightly heavier, more mid-paced Stratovarius or a less hyperactive version of old Sonata Arctica. The sound is one of rich, lush melodies, sweetened, hook-filled vocal lines and long, pounding epic tunes that surprisingly do not wear out their welcome. The band incorporates some syncopated pop-style hooks and melodies into their songwriting, and they're really good at it, as each song is memorable after one listen and does not get dull after ten. They eschew the stereotype of disposable, cheap pop music and make each song enchanting and intense, memorable and singular. You can play one song by itself or the whole album together and it's good no matter what.

These are seriously addictive, hooky tunes that never came out of my head for months, and the band has some serious chops that are way beyond most garden variety power metal bands. Listen to the tight rhythms and excellent, searing melodies of the title track, or the awesome "All This Time." "Man in the World" is blazingly fast and intense, with some excellent guitar harmonies behind the wailing, high-flying power metal chorus. The band gets more ambitious later on, with the sprawling 8 minute "Love Will Set You Free," a midtempo tune with excellent flowing melodic work and palpable nostalgic, wistful atmosphere and feeling. There are some prog tendencies in the complex vocal layering and chorus work of songs like "Dreamer Online" and "Hey," which has some of the best incorporation of pop stylings I've ever heard in the metal genre. "Relax" is another burner...hell, the first 8 songs are more or less untouchably good.

I don't quite think the last few songs are up to the cut, and the band does over-extend their welcome when the album reaches near-70 minutes, but this much good material from an unknown band from Ukraine of all places is just amazing. The songs are a little on the longish side, too, but that's not a huge deterrent. I think this band has a real masterpiece in their future somewhere, and if they can resist the urge to pile on 70 minutes of music next time, they will put out an album that is endlessly replayable. They've got chops, and I for one can't wait to see what they do next. Highly recommended.

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