To the untrained eye, London’s The Sun Never Set may not be a household name in the post-hardcore scene yet, but it’s safe to say they are well on the right path. If their debut EP The Sun Never Set is anything to go by, they will be bringing more of the same qualities that melodic, ambient post-metal gives whilst at the same time remaining rhythmic and slam-heavy.
Think Bring Me The Horizon or Devil Sold His Soul, and before you immediately close this article page down in disgust at the mention of those bands, let me take this opportunity to say that while The Sun Never Set may have similarities, they are infinitely more versed in the post-metal aura than many preceding post-hardcore implementers. The guitars, when clean, are echoed to an excellent texture, and the technical, varied rhythmic patterns that go over these ambient pieces make for some seriously good minutes of listening. At moment’s notice, the guitars can change to purely rhythmic, supported by an excellent tone that give the listener an excuse to get lost in a sense of headbanging, which is par for tradition when it comes to hardcore.
Although the pace of the EP is proportionately slow, and it never gets furiously fast or overly technical to the point where the drums resemble 90% fills, The Sun Never Set is an EP that doesn’t need speed to be good. As a big fan of progressive metal for the most part, upon multiple listens I was able to draw the EP’s resemblance to an amalgamation of Long Distance Calling or ISIS (no, not the terrorist group) with the right amount of Architects thrown in the mix. It may not appear that way in the first instance, but multiple listens will allow for this to take shape.
The Sun Never Set are exceptionally gifted at two things from an instrumental perspective, and that is creating ambient, soft melodies that are backed up nicely with gentle chords and the polar opposite; by creating furious breakdowns that provide a more than adequate fix for fans of slower metalcore. Vocally, The Sun Never Set deliver some well-rounded rasps, notable by their realistic vivacity. They do not drift from the same tone throughout the EP, but they possess raw edginess and vitriol that even when interspersed with ambient guitar melodies, still keep it furious and passionately heavy at the same time.
While two years of hard work and musical dedication can rarely make EPs as good and memorable as this one, it nonetheless proves that The Sun Never Set are set to take the UK post-metal scene by storm and provide some depth to an otherwise bland scene. They have room to manoeuvre and can certainly be ones to break the mold of tradition – their music has the potential to draw fans of more old school post-metal into their sound. They aren’t going to sound exactly like every post-hardcore band and that is a great thing.
2. One Drop Of Blood And We’ll All See Red
3. Over Our Fallen Empire
The Sun Never Set are:
Luke Tyson: Vocals
Pavel Maciulevic: Guitar
Tom Pratt: Guitar
Ell Pratt: Bass/Programming
Joey Brayshaw: Drums