Behind The Sun – Post Solis [REVIEW]

Giving you a strong 5 track release full of progressive metal and a sound that is unrelenting in its punches, South Carolina based Behind The Sun are looking to give you some songs that all feel like one cohesive unit with their latest release ‘Post Solis’.

The first track on the record, titled ‘The Fall’ opens up sounding like an old school metalcore record, but there are progressive metal undertones that make their way through. The low screams feel more at home on a death metal record with the way that it seems to unintentionally sound like pig squeals, but the overall consensus is a positive one. The riff is somewhat repetitive but it changes itself up during different sections as the band push through the over eight minute beast. The lead guitar makes more of a positive entry with some of its higher note playing and tremolo moments with the cleans making an entry towards the end and giving you a new side of the band. ‘Pangaea’ then takes you off with an eerie piano section before the rest of the band make their way into the room and starts off quite promising. The change of pace with the tracks shows more influences that are guided your way and the whole track moves in its own little way before your whisked into the interlude of ‘Scrawlings Of The Architect’ which adds a very nice and symphonic touch to the record.

The final two tracks help shape as much of the record as it can with ‘Periapsis’ sound like its going into a ‘Starsky and Hutch’ sketch before it sounds a lot more melodic and beautiful with the lead guitar. Once the screams come in, they feel a bit more out of place with the musical structure at the beginning, but as time grows forward they tend make a bit more sense. Closing the record with another eight minute tour de force, ‘Laniakea’ with invokes another taste of the clean vocals with a clean guitar lick. The sections that take more of an enjoyable front seat are the sections that aren’t overpowering you with distortion and band instrumentation/screams as the surprising sections make the record seem more well rounded and have that more exciting flavour within it. The band instrumentally does give themselves chances to show off a bit, but something gives off that feeling that they feel like they are holding back which only heightens their next release.

For only 5 tracks, this pulls off a slighty strong side of the group that people might have been wanting to hear for a while with their interchanging styles and techniques but as time goes on for the band, they will only find themselves fitting more comfortably. A solid release that has a few off-putting poses in its repetoire.