In celebration of the holiday weekend and me being a day late on submitting this week’s Metal Monday, get ready for a double feature that touches on both ends of my music spectrum.
I’m going to start with the heavier chaotic-melodic band, Sunless Rise. They put insane instrumentals into each song and I am a huge fan. I want to highlight the song, Nothing to Save, because I enjoy the upbeat melody and rhythm that combines with the drums (constantly on double tap), the keyboards (brilliant), and the guitar riffs (awesome).
There is both low and high pitch screaming and the entire song sounds opera-like. Some people get turned off by the complexity of this band. It’s a non-stop, up-tempo metalocracy. Other great songs can be found on their Promo CD (Lost Path, Sunless Rise, Awakening).
The vocals shine at the right time, but they can be muddled at times making it difficult to appreciate the lyrics. I wouldn’t be adverse to a cleaner chorus and perhaps some slow breakdowns to give the mind a break from the constant ear explosive nature of the music.
(start – finish) Yeah, I went there.
Song Rating : 9.3 /10
Instrumental Rating : 10 / 10
Switching directions, I want to highlight a band that I found uniquely addictive – The Bunny The Bear. They might not classify as metal and could pass as progressive, emo, or trance metal. But I don’t like to get caught up genres, I like to get caught up in music.
The track that I like the most is titled Ocean Floor. What’s interesting about this band is that their name is a reflection of their vocals – light and clean switching with heavy and growls. I know this band isn’t exactly in suit with what I post and I’m not sure why I’m drawn to them. It could be the contrasting vocals, keyboard and synths mixtures, or their spontaneous nature.
I always encourage listening to a song more than once before breaking out the ax, but with The Bunny The Bear it’s going to be hit or miss. Still, give each song a chance. One might grab your attention.
(0:00 – 0:56) The techno based synths with the clean vocals
(2:20) Breakdown that flows back into the chorus
Song Rating – 8.6 / 10