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Dark Suns: Grave Human Genuine
Progressive Rock/Metal
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Not everything that comes out of Germany is hard rock or power metal. Dark Suns, from Leipzig, is a trio that plays emotional, creative, and often broodingly dark progressive metal. Within their music you will find hints and influences from the likes of Anathema, Porcupine Tree and even Opeth. Opeth’s singer Mikael Åkerfeldt commented favorably on Dark Suns first release, 'Swanlike,' 'I think this music is very professional, tight, and dark ... and the sound is great.' This is also an accurate description of their latest release, 'Grave Human Genuine.'

I was immediately impressed by the creativity and complexity throughout this work. There are moments of deliberate heavy metal, rushing and thundering along ('The Chameleon Defect' and 'Stampede'). Yet there are moments that can only be described as dark and mysterious musical beauty ('Rapid Eyes Movement' and 'Papillon') Most times these ideas converge and expand within the same song; 'Papillon' is a perfect example. But then there is 'Free Of You' that never touches the former metal motif and only breathes the aura and ambiance of quiet progression.

Dark Suns 'Grave Human Genuine' is an exceptional contribution to the progressive rock and metal genres. It is surprising and satisfying, sure to please any prog fan. This trio has a bright future ahead of them. Highly recommended!

In Short

Dark Suns' progressive rock/metal is at once ingenious and surprising. Their music fits the title: dark and mysterious, passionate and soulful, and definitely authentic. 'Grave Human Genuine' is worth your attention.

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