Monday 22 November 2021

Sun Below - S/T (Album Review)

Release Date: November 19th 2021. Record Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Sun Below - S/T  - Tracklisting

1.Chronwall Neanderthal 04:34

2.Holy Drifter 14:24

3.Shiva Sativa 04:11

4.Green Visions 05:56

5.Bong Psalm 03:56

6.Kinetic Kief 04:24

7.Doom Stick 03:35

8.Twin Worlds 18:00

9.Solar Burnout 12:24


Jason Craig - Guitars and Vocals

Will Adams - Drums and Backing Vocals

Garrison Thordarson - Bass and Backing Vocals


Sun Below have finally released their debut self titled album after releasing three well received EP’s. This album expands on Sun Below Spaced Out Doom/Stoner Metal sound with the band taking the heavy melodies, grooves and riffs from bands such as SLEEP, KYUSS, Electric Wizard and Black Sabbath. As you can tell Sun Below loves huge AMPLIFIER SOUNDS with a WEEDIAN or SATIVA influence allowing the band to be rightly compared to the legendary SLEEP.

This album runs for around or or little over seventy minutes and it’s an epic ride of distorted sounds, vocals and trippy lyrics that capture the essence of classic Black Sabbath but with the added creativity of Progressive Stoner Metal on the more epic songs such as Holy Drifter, Two Worlds and Solar Burnout. Sun Below have written other smaller tracks to showcase their heavy FUZZED OUT riffs with maybe the smaller tracks being the best parts of the album.

Though, add all these together and Sun Below debut album is one that is made specifically for Stoner Metal fans by actual Stoner Metal fans. There is a lot of great detail that has gone into the making of this album. The dirty 70s SABBATH Grooves to the more expanded 90s Psychedelic Stoner Metal and latter day FUZZ/Sludgy elements the album brings along the way.

The production is well put together with the album having a vibrant energy that allows the band to bring some epic guitar sounds on the more lengthy and spacier moments of the record. The band consists of 3 vocals with Jason Craig being considered the main vocalist. All 3 members do excellent vocal performances though it’s the music that truly shines here with the band playing a winning style of Modern Day Doom/Stoner Metal or the more Progressive moments that have a lot more distortion for the listener to get fully accustomed to.

The lyrics are good and bring a gloomier style atmosphere that you may not expect. 

All in all, Sun Below debut album is a fantastic and thrilling spectacle of Doom/Stoner Metal that fans of SLEEP are sure to get fully behind. Awesome stuff.

Words by Steve Howe


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