It takes a lot of confidence to self-publish something, whether it’s a book (like Sarah Tipper’s Eviscerated Panda series) or an album such as The Sun Explodes’ We Build Mountains. You’re investing time, money and yourself into something that you can only hope other people will like.
The Sun Explodes obviously have a lot of confidence – this is their second album. The first, Emergence, received some very good reviews and this follow-up seems to be every bit as good, if not better.
They are a very hard band to pin down in terms of genre as their ethos seems to be to take as many styles as possible and somehow weave them into a collection of songs which defies pigeon-holing. Their facefart page lists them simply as “Rock” which is kind of like giving up on a challenge. Or maybe there aren’t enough characters to fit in all the aspects of the rock/metal catalogue that they manage to touch on.
Just listening to the track they’ve released on YouTube (“SevenThreeOne”), I’m picking up elements of prog, metalcore, symphonic (more from the vocals) and whatever the hell you’d call Muse.
Other tracks on the album hit areas slightly more trippy (I’d not quite go as far as stoner rock, but maybe something 60’s-ish and flower-powery), but “SevenThreeOne” is as representative as anything.
If you like what you hear, you can get the album via iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
- ALBUM: The Sun Explodes – We Build Mountains (newjunkblog.wordpress.com)