Dark Suns - Swanlike (Prophecy Productions) - Back
Probably one of the brightest up-and-coming bands in the rock and metal genres respectively throughout the past few years, I introduce to you... Dark Suns! Although this release is not their newest, this debut album is the best start if you want to get into them. Swanlike is a captivating pilgrimage into the progressive metal realm. More importantly, each member is a leader in their respected traits. For a debut release, this shows way more compromise than most bands in their beginning stages. All you need to do is patiently listen to the opening track, "Swanlike" and whence... no lies. A proper description for this album would be dark, desolate, embracing, yet... free. For those of you into bands like My Dying Bride, Opeth, Anathema and Katatonia...welcome! This is for you! There are plenty of melancholic & searing guitar tones as there is atmosphere, superb vocals (clean and grunts), and awesome kit-work! On top of that, the concept behind Dark Suns' lyrics are based on everyday life in a poetic sense. Not to mention, outstanding in Niko's approach! The artwork is fairly elegant, but not overdone like some of those folkloric, ambient bands out there. You should definitely pick this one up if you're into fine imagery thru music!

Rating:
94

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell