The sun is setting on Minneapolis, and it sounds like the end of the world
Death metal is often a genre misaligned (along with metalcore), for being misrepresented of late. Auto-tuned trash is still trash, and bands that rely on the breakdown and a gimmick and a lead singer with a throat tattoo and P.O.G. sized gauges are often one trick ponies. They often fall by the wayside as their fan base grows up and searches for something more fulfilling. Death metal is a name that probably scares most people, especially most moms, and it should. This music is ugly, it’s scary, it sounds like death (or what I think it might sound like). So then why do people watch horror movies? Or turn on the news and see death every day? Death is an everyday part of life, so why not headbang to it?
Density is made up of two properties, mass and volume. And this demo has lots of both. After repeated listens, the density starts to fall away and you find that underneath the harsh and ugly exterior of this demo, comes sheer brutality, amazing musicianship, and riff after riff. Sunless pull off some of the most original, interesting, and absolutely crushing music to come out of Minneapolis this year.
Dissonance and harmony and brutality and juxtaposition. Sunless never sits still for the entirety of this 10 minute demo. The production is crisp and precise, allowing each instrument to be showcased and pass the torch measure to measure. The drums undeniably shine through, with machine gun speed blast beats and switching from technicality to grove in an instant. Guitars trade back and forth technical and mind boggling chords and progressions over unconventional time signatures. And the vocals add the cherry on the demonic sundae. Guttural, powerful and intense, the voice loses its definition, and becomes an instrument in itself.
Sunless creates a sonic landscape akin to an apocalypse soundtrack. Swirling around a person’s head, crushing your skull with anger and torment. Perhaps confusing or disorienting at first, but realization will show that every nuance, every drum fill and belted growl is there for a reason. This demo is shaping a sound of their own, a sound of death, a sound of pitch black, murky, abysmal, sunless.
by Andy Wilcox (@wilco204)