Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Second To Sun - "The First Chapter" [2015]

Artist: Second To Sun
Title: The First Chapter
Genre: Progressive/Math Metal, Post-Black Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2015

Track List:
  1. Spirit Of Kusoto
  2. Red Snow
  3. Me Or Him
  4. Land Of The Fearless Birds
  5. The Blood Libel
  6. Narčat
  7. Virgo Mitt
  8. Chokk Kapper (Bonus Track)
  9. Narčat (Demo Version, Bonus Track)
A full-length alfum from S2S, following their "Three Fairy Tales" EP which I posted here not long ago. While the cover art betrays the band's "core" roots, and their music still can be considered mathcore/"modern metal", there's a clear influence of atmospheric black metal on "The First Chapter", and Vladimir Klimov-Lehtinen himself insists on calling his music "black metal". As much as I dislike his pretentious and arrogant attitude (which shows up in this discussion, for instance), it's sadly not uncommon among both progressive metal and black metal musicians, and it doesn't stop me from enjoying the music itself.

Like the earlier S2S releases, "The First Chapter" is entirely instrumental, but each track is supposed to be based on some story from the history of Finno-Ugric peoples. Not sure if F/U-themed metal is really becoming popular on here, as some people say, but S2S surely made a good contribution to that scene.

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