The album definitely starts off meeting our expectations, the song Partner_Predator is carried by a heavy riff, Brandan's screaming vocals, and frantic drumming. The song's ending bridge and chorus show off more of the vocal range but it's mostly just warm and inviting, what we expect to hear from this group. It's a powerful song that works on so many levels. Bedburner and Fractional were songs that backers got to hear in their demo form. Both are mostly the same although some things have been slightly tweaked and adjusted for the better. The chorus of Bedburner for instance sounds larger than the demo version and the guitar on Fractional feels more pronounced. Last Apology is probably my favorite song still, it was released a few months back as a single for the album. I feel like it's the best blend of the heavier work, catchier sounds, and the more progressive and interesting style featured in other songs. Basically if I had to pick one song to show off the band it would be Last Apology, it's also catchy as hell.
Then there's the song December which blew me away when I heard it and is sure to catch you off guard. We're generally used to these musicians delivering heavier sounds with distorted guitars, loud basslines, and screaming. December throws that all away. It's not a soft song by any means but it's a more somber and methodical approach to music. The guitars seem to drift off into another realm, the same realm where the vocal work transports you to. This is easily the best Cory Brandan has every sounded, the song really shows off his range and the depth of his skills. For most of the song the vocals are sung and clean, yet there's no sign of awkward transitions or discomfort being in that range. He really owns it on this song. For that I would say while Last Apology is my favorite December is what I would call the best song on the whole album. It's trippy, it's dreamy, and it's different.
Hundred Suns delivered an album better than I could ever have imagined. I was absolutely expecting a stellar album, after all the pedigree behind this band is astounding, but The Prestaliis caught me off guard with just how diverse it really is. Every single second of every song is just jam packed with talent you could sit there and analyze each one for hours. You never know what to expect from a super group, often one member's sound takes over and it feels like a vanity project, yet there's none of that with Hundred Suns. Each member of this group shines bright on their own and yet when they are put together it's enough to light up the entire world. The band truly is greater than a sum on it's parts. If you have any interests in progressive metalcore or listen to bands like The Deftones and Night Verses do yourself a favor and listen to Hundred Suns. If you like any sort of rock, metal, hardcore, or heavy music in general you need to hear this album and embrace the sun.
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