Review: Sunburst – Fragments Of Creation – Inner Wound Recordings – Release: February 26th 2016.
Sunburst was formed in 2010 by Gus Drax (Biomechanical, Paradox, Black fate, Suicidal Angels), Vasilis Georgiou (Innosense, Black fate) and Kostas Molonas (Blacklegs, N.U.R.V, G.K. Group).
Inspired by bands like Dream Theater, Nevermore, Conception and Symphony X Sunburst started to write songs and play shows. Until now they played European festivals like PPM, Moonlight Metalfest and R-Mine Metalfest. Early 2014 Nick Grey joined as their permanent bass player. With pride they present us their debut album “Fragments Of Creation”.
Vasilis Georgiou – Vocals
Gus Drax – Guitars
Kostas Milonas – Drums
Nick Grey – Bass
Fragments Of Creation
Furious thrashy riffs open this album. In the back you hear some subtle keys and soon a melodic solo puts an even bigger smile on my face. But when Vasilis’ vocals fall in you could swear Roy Khan has picked up the microphone again. This guy’s voice is pure gold, people. His smooth vocal lines (especially during the chorus) create a great contrast with the incredible aggressive riffs from axe slinger Gus Drax. The man throws in tons of heavily thrash influenced riffs, but somehow he injects them with melody. This opening track sounds certainly ‘out of this world’.
On ‘Dementia’ we hear more keys from the start. The keys are (almost) all done by Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Serious Black, Outloud). This track is less aggressive and follows closer to the Kamelot and later Conception style.
I’ve already seen this band on stage and Gus’ playing is fricking awesome. Just listen to the start of ‘Symbol Of Life’ and you will be addicted to his fast and technical style. The lyrics from these prog metal tunes are like poetry and add an extra dimension to the listening experience.
Gus is also a member of the Greek thrash collective Suicidal Angels and that shines through in the riffage during ‘Reincarnation’. But we must not forget the powerful, pounding drumming from Kostas Milonas. The man knows how to hit the skins!
The time to relax has arrived with ‘Lullaby’. This ballad lets us enjoy melodic sounds from Gus’ seven string guitar in combination with the warm voice of Vasilis. The guitar solo almost sounds like crying. A very sensitive track!
Gus is also a huge Dream Theater fan and you can hear that in his technical playing. The riffs in ‘End Of The Game’ make that perfectly clear.
The fans of Gus (including me) will have a blast during the shredding instrumental ‘Beyond The Darkest Sun’. The track lays in the vein of his outstanding instrumental album “In Search Of Perfection” from 2010. This is pure heaven on earth for guitar lovers!
‘Forevermore’ is the second ballad and holds some piano in the background. Bob’s keys subtly colour the sound. The song powers up and turns into a real power ballad.
‘Break The Core’ introduces some growls from guest singer Astrous (Aenaon) and Gus’ solo makes me drool again.
But the guys saved the best for last with the more than 12 minute long ‘Remedy Of My Heart’. The tracks consists of five parts and kicks off with a bombastic, symphonic, orchestral intro. Real power riffs bring us to a sensitive part with heavenly vocals. Orchestration, aggressive riffs in combination with Eastern influenced melodic guitar bring us prog metal at its best. This transforms into a darker part with chopping riffs and shredding solos. It then brings a balladesque atmosphere with clear melodic guitars and sensitive vocals. The last part delivers Petrucci inspired riffs and goes completely wild with growls from Astrous to conclude in pure smoothness. What a killer track!
I personally have waited eagerly for this album. I saw the band a few times live on stage in Belgium and both times they surprised me big time. Their songwriting skills have even improved. They managed to create their own sound and Vasilis’ voice is simply outstanding. In addition you get some guitar wizardry from axe master Gus and a rhythm section that kicks ass! In 2014 Gus and Vasilis gave us the brilliant “Between Visions & Lies” from their other band Black Fate, but this is more aggressive and heavier, people! This album is an amazing musical journey and makes me believe that progressive metal will never die!
Hoping to catch the guys when they visit Belgium and/or The Netherlands in May.
Mandatory purchase for progressive metal lovers!
Score: 4,85 out of 5
1. Out Of The World
3. Symbol Of Life
6. End Of The Game
7. Beyond The Darkest Sun
9. Break The Core
10. Remedy Of My Heart
Text by: Rik Bauters