Sun Worship "Pale Dawn"
The irony of me opening my review in the middle of July of a release that came out in May with lauding the "inescapability" of the record is not lost on me. I was aware that Sun Worship had released a follow up to their frankly superb "Elder Giants" from 2014 but had somehow failed to get round to listening for a whole two months. If you have had the pleasure of listening to "Elder Giants" then you will know it to be a superb collection of well layered atmosphere, memorable melodies and furious blasting BM that release is. What has followed on "Pale Dawn" sticks very much to the same formula and style, yet it also has a significantly more powerful feel to proceedings.
The opening (and title) track begins with some rather odd sounding chanting/shouting vocals over some furiously harsh and abrasive guitars and rumbling and blasting drums. When it breaks into pace it does so with majesty and prowess. As with any good opening track the structure becomes more powerful as it builds. It is an opening salvo, an initial assault that devastates the frontlines. Within two minutes you're shrouded in the ethereal and beastly sound as it builds layer, upon layer, upon layer of solid riffs and blasts. Nine minutes and nine seconds later you try and pause for breath but track two immediately knocks any available wind out of your lungs. "Lichtenberg Fingers" picks up exactly where "Pale Dawn" leaves off. Powerful and strong, the background filled with that hazy reverb and dark echo of the instruments as though the band are performing in a hall somewhere. It charges forwards with aggressive riffs and blistering drums for nearly eleven minutes. But Sun Worship aren't done with you yet.