Alright. So here's a new metal band for you. From Greece comes Sunburst, formed by guitarist Gus Drax (Biomechanical, Paradox, Black Fate), vocalist Vasilis Georgiou (Innosense, Black Fate) and drummer Kostas Milonas (New Day Slave, Foray Between Ocean, Paradox, Outloud). They started back in 2010, but only now have released their first album, Fragments Of Creation.
Press material suggests the band has been influenced by Dream Theater, Conception, Nevermore, Symphony X, among others. Now, if that gives you a clue of what to expect of their heavy metal sound, good for you. Because it didn't help me. I'm not sure if I hear any Dream Theater here. For one, Sunburst his heavier and sharper thanks to Drax's riffage. Perhaps then they lean more towards Symphony X in heaviness. Then, because of this and unlike Dream Theater, the melody sometimes gets buried. Nevertheless, the melody and harmony is there, even within Drax's raging guitar lines, but mostly from Georgiou's vocal arrangements. Yet even his voice can be overcome by the harsh riffage. I kind of get the Nevermore reference as, with the sharp heaviness, Drax can be thrashy in parts as within Reincarnation.
There is one lighter moment, in the middle, with the song Lullaby, where you really catch the strength of Georgiou's melodic vocals. But the lightness doesn't last as the song returns to intensity from the midpoint. Then, at the end of the album, some weird shit happens. Within Break The Core and Remedy Of My Heart, Sunburst has some fool doing death vocals. Ugh. They're cruising along with some interesting, rather intense, heavy power metal, then they drop in this. Just shoot yourself in the foot, really.
Having said all these things, and with second consideration of the album, I can probably best summarize the album in this way: Sunburst and Fragments Of Creation is largely a platform and vehicle for Gus Drax's guitar work, his riffage and solos. Simple.
I can probably best summarize the album in this way: Sunburst and Fragments Of Creation is largely a platform and vehicle for Gus Drax's guitar work, his riffage and solos. Simple.
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