Of the Sun – Before a Human Path (Review)

Of the SunOf the Sun are a progressive metal band from the US and this is their second album.

This is an interesting brand of progressive metal – Of the Sun essentially take the groove metal of bands like Pantera and Lamb of God and mix it with a bit of modern progressive music that has hints of Gojira, Mastodon and Alice in Chains in it.

In practice, this means that Of the Sun combine thuggish heaviness with emotive melodies and expansive musical explorations. It’s a combination that you don’t often hear, and one which the band take the time to develop over these 28 minutes.

It’s interesting to hear a band go from raging metalcore to soaring progressive metal all within the space of the same song. Although it’s not like this kind of thing has never been done before at all, it’s certainly an unusual combination that shows the band taking a path less travelled with their music.

Blast beats, southern riffs, esoteric melodies, heavy riffs, progressive atmospheres, rocking vibes and plenty of attitude are just some of the things that these tracks get up to.

The singer goes from shouting belligerently to sweet clean singing and everything in between, morphing and changing his voice in response to what the music is doing.

Mixing brutality, melody, and a softer side, Before a Human Path takes the listener in a lot of different directions, all of them varied, well-played, and worthwhile. An atypical metal release, one that’s all the more pleasing because of it.

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