Sun of The Suns
TIIT

Sun of the Suns is a new band from Italy featuring members of tech-death act Carnality, deathcore stompers The Modern Age Slavery, and symphonic death metal band Nightland, but also features  Francesco Paoli from Fleshgod Apocalypse helping out on drums. And for once, the FFO recommendations in the promo actually nail it pretty hard, mentioning the likes of Gojira, WhitechapelThy Art Is MurderJob For A CowboyRivers Of NihilOrbit Culture and Fallujah. And to these ears, the Fallujah reference is the one that stands out the most.

Spacey, sci-fi-based, progressive technical deathcore/modern metal is the order of the day here. And it’s done very well with a few, spacey keyboards littered around, tech metal noodling, nifty solos, and most predominantly, lots of hefty grooves. I’d also say there’s a ittle Cognitive in here with some of the huge lopes, but that’s also just because I just reviewed their latest album, and it’s on my mind.

Still, armed with a killer, dense production from Italian super producer, Simone Mularoni (Elvenking, Carnality, Windrose, Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody) who also helps out on bass, the album is a winner in its own right, with engaging songwriting, a dystopian future theme, and lots of super hefty grooves and breakdowns. and all backed with a solid vocal performance from Luca Dave Scarlatti , a veteran of the Italian tech-death scene in Carnality.

And it’s not just simple deathcore breakdowns, like some of their more pure deathcore peers mentioned above, but a more progressive, steady lurches and groove. But they still hit pretty hard as heard in the opener ” I Demiurge pt.2″ or “Obsolescence Corrupted” or “TIIT”. And there are ample tech-death blast beats to go around like “The Golden Cage”, “Flesh State Drive”,”Hacking the Sterile System” and penultimate standout “Of Hybridization And Decline”.

As opposed to almost any dystopian future themed album since Fear Factory‘s Demanufacture and Obsolete, rather than end the album with a ballad or introspective close out number mirroring mankind’s rise over whatever, “I Emperor Of Nothingness” ends the album with pretty savage purpose. Even if the last couple of minutes (of a 7-minute song) are the expected atmospheric fadeout, wrapping up a damn solid album that I really enjoyed.

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Written by Erik T
August 2nd, 2021

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