Blending a few genres together can either come out really well or sound like an incomprehensible mess. In come Sunlight’s Bane who are looking to show off a great blend of black metal with grind and hardcore to make something that is full of aggression and full on to the point you just want to punch walls. Does it give the desired effect? Let’s find out.
You already feel the first half of their influence with the song ‘Praise The Venom Shield’ with the track going into a unbridled frenzy before sounding like a mosh pit anthem around the halfway mark. The show of passion within each section gives off that same feeling of bands like Weekend Nachos with their switch ups from fast paced anguish to the slowed down mosh sections. As it bleeds into ‘Begrudging Soul’ who flows into a lot more of the hardcore grind level into effect with this track, but as the dissonant chording comes through a bit more alongside the pounding blast beats it gives off a new beast and brings a new level of excitement alongside it. ‘From Heaven Wept’ is another 2 minute bash that booms loudly with the guitar sound coming through the speakers. Sounding just as crushing as death metal releases over the few years, the band show off a lot in their sound, albeit a bit muffled at times with the higher screams not having as much grip as the ever pummelling lows.
One great thing that stands out is that even with most of the longer songs, some reaching around 8 minutes, they have a lot of depth and seem to tell a story in each track. With the slower distorted playing of the guitars with the higher screams now adding more spice to the record with tracks such as ‘Dance Of Thorns’ being a prime example of that making the black metal influence ring true. The guitars add such an eerie atmosphere in those sections but also bring a violent aspect during the more hardcore/grindcore elements that the band bring into and this kind of versatility make this record such an enjoyable experience. Songs like ‘I Am The Cold Harsh Whispers In Hell’ help bring that kind of aggression in spades that don’t utilise too much of the black metal influence that give you a difference side to the band and shape this record really nicely.
For their debut record, Sunlight’s Bane have created something that encompassed two very distinct genres and combined them into an excellent musical listen for fans of both genres. Whether you enjoy artists such as Mayhem or Culture Killer, this band will give you a great span of time with many minutes of pure unadulterated metal.