Saturday 6 April 2019

Praise The Sun - IN: Thermoglobal Endpoint (Album Review)

Release date: March 31st 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

IN: Thermoglobal Endpoint – Tracklisting

1.Arctic Awakening 05:30
2.Temple of Lukos 03:22
3.Everything, crystallized 04:28
4...of the Pallid Mask 03:38
5.Voidwalker Reborn 05:52
6.Seize the Wheel 04:54
7.Fractured 04:34
8.Reunion 04:06
9.Horrors of the Gilded Age *BONUS* 03:32


Praise The Sun debut album IN: Thermoglobal Endpoint is a raw sounding and heavy psychedelic experience that draws influence from the likes of CONAN, SLEEP, UFOMAMMUT and Black Sabbath. This is AMPLIFIER WORSHIP of the highest order. As the band play a refreshingly different style of Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal with a dirty Fuzz Rock attitude being played in the background.

The songs have a distinctive sound as the band go back to basics by creating a very raw atmosphere that allows the listener to be front and centre of the action packed groove. Songs such as: Arctic Awakening, Temple of Lukos and Everything, crystalized – offer down-tuned sludgy grooves with moments of Psychedelic Doom riffs batting against the distorted vocals. The vocals aren’t the most polished you’ll ever hear but the music more than makes up for this as the Drone based chants add a real menacing presence to Praise The Sun’s overall sound.

The dark and gloomy atmosphere is quite soulful and progressive in places and I didn’t expect that at all. IN: Thermoglobal Endpoint feels like it’s a concept album in places. As the lyrics tell a captivating story even when matched the hard-hitting riffs. The whole feel of the album maybe too OTT and THEATRICAL in places but this is a Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal album so we can allow the more fantastical aspects to reign supreme on this album and it makes for a well more rounded experience.

Praise The Sun music can be very dramatic in places especially on songs such as Voidwalker Reborn, Fractured and Remain. As the music becomes heavier and a lot more experimental.

Overall, IN: Thermoglobal Endpoint is an exciting and brilliantly realised album that allows Praise The Sun to create their own sound. Some people may complain the production is too raw but give this album a few listens and you’ll soon realise how great this album really is.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe