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In 1997 Tobias Gommlich and Niko Knappe, two well known players of the local metal scene in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Germany) formed a project called DARK SUNS. At first it was planned as a side project but after some time the band began to spend more and more time on this project. In 1998 they recorded their first CD called "Below Dark Illusion". After numerous member changes (as well as tenancy changeover to Leipzig) and 1st places at newcomer festivals the band began to write their first album "Swanlike" in 2001.

The first album, which was finally released in 2002, contains music in the vein of OPETH. Death Metal combined with several other influences: PINK FLOYD like psychedelic passages, rhythm changes and acoustic parts. Everything with continious change of growls and clean vocals. The band used to call it 'progressive dark metal'. The second album "Existence", released in 2005, is quite different. The death metal influences are gone completely and the whole sound became much more progressive. For it is a concept album most of the songs are rather epic and very atmospherical. PAIN OF SALVATION and GREEN CARNATION besides PINK FLOYD and THE AMBER LIGHT are the main similarities I have in mind. Overall, "Existence" is the more progressive album and a concept piece with a goose bumps causing atmosphere.

The band initiated a great development and all we can do is to hope for more great albums. Perfect for fans of psychedelic, epic music and progressive metal aloof from DREAM THEATER.

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3.11 | 22 ratings
Swanlike
2003
3.89 | 64 ratings
Existence
2005
3.89 | 58 ratings
Grave Human Genuine
2008
3.55 | 37 ratings
Orange
2011

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Below Dark Illusion
1998

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 Orange by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.55 | 37 ratings

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Orange
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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3 stars With a name like Dark Suns, you'd think the music would be, I don't know, dark? At least a little bit dark? While I've heard this album is a change of pace from their older stuff, "Orange" is generally upbeat and eclectic to the core. I get the post metal label, though, because they really do utilize metal (and rock) elements to create a different sort of style and atmosphere.

The problem is that there isn't very much enjoyment in that style. The music is generally organ- driven with many atmospheric interludes and some psychedelia. The music can be fast and furious, but it can also be very pensive. I appreciate all that, but I feel that there is a focus on style over strong composition here. On top of that, all the tracks sound very similar, as there is much variety in each track. However, most of the tracks follow this same blueprint!

Overall, this is good music, but not much else. The track "Antipole" is phenomenal with its pensive ambiance and soaring climaxes, but that is the only track about which I can say this. The rest of the album is just good. That's it.

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 Orange by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.55 | 37 ratings

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Orange
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Orange' - Dark Suns (7/10)

Germany's Dark Suns are a band that are nothing, if not ambitiously eclectic. Although I would feel secure recommending them to a fan of adventurous metal or prog rock, it will be difficult to nail down their sound in just a few words. Regardless, over the past decade, the band has released a slew of adventurous but progressively less fierce recordings, and their fourth work Orange does not show a sign of sweat. Infusing a cross-section of modern sounds with vintage progressive rock, Dark Suns' distinctive style is made memorable by the band's charm and excellence.

Although there are flashes of the band's prior heaviness throughout Orange, many listeners may find themselves debating if it should be considered 'metal' at all. True enough, Dark Suns is more of a haven for proggers, but when was that ever a bad thing? With the quirk- fuelled opener 'Toy', the first thing that jumps out are the rich vintage organs. The guitars are beefy, yet not quite distorted, and while the band's penchant for time signature-bending and jazzy flourishes could have had me wondering if they knew what decade they were playing in, the music on Orange is consciously aware of what has happened in prog since the 'good old days'. Similar to the art-laden eclecticism of Pain of Salvation, Dark Suns' music often switch between the laid back, and energetic sides of their palette.

Although Dark Suns are drawing upon plenty of vintage sounds- including Beatles-era psychedelia- Orange is made modern by a fresh batch of modern styles. Although the influence of metal is made clear in the dark atmosphere and crunchy guitar riffs, post-rock is the most modern trend on Orange. This is not to say that Dark Suns perform strictly 'post- rock' passages, but rather that the ambiance and attention to cinematic build-up is worked in with the rest of the sound. Jazz works in much the same way; weaving in and out through the use of freak-out saxophones and inventive chord smithing. In a sense, Dark Suns brings the classic prog sound to the present in much the same way that modern legends Porcupine Tree do; by taking the template and ornamenting it with more recent innovations. Although the music is instrumentally complex and challenging, the diversity and tongue-in- cheek energy makes for a consistently engaging experience. An impressive amalgam of prog rock styles, old and new.

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 Orange by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.55 | 37 ratings

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Orange
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Like OPETH and PAIN OF SALVATION the DARK SUNS have changed their style to more of a seventies organ driven brand of Prog. In each case I wish they had all stayed doing what they were doing but I get that bands sometimes need to change it up. It just seems weird that all three of these bands would do so around the same time period. Man i'm a huge fan of DARK SUNS "Existence" record and their followup "Grave Human Genuine" which I didn't like as much but still feel it's a solid 4 stars. Back then there was no doubt a bit of PAIN OF SALVATION hero worship going on but it worked for these Germans.

I have to say i've listened to this record much longer than I normally would before a review but after feeling it was very average after the first few listens I could tell it was growing on me. Sadly I still feel a lot of the material here is simply good while some is excellent. 3.5 stars for me is the right rating.

"Toy" hits the ground running with lots of upfront organ. Not exactly my favourite style of music here. Vocals just before a minute as it settles back. Contrasts will continue though. I like the guest horns on this album which include trumpet and sax. An okay tune. "Eight Quiet Minutes" is better and the vocals are fairly theatrical here although they are contrasted with higher pitched mellower vocals. Once again the organ does become prominant. "Elephant" sounds like a lost DISCIPLINE tune. Just not as good though making it one of the average songs on here for me. The vocals are really hit and miss for me on this record. "Diamond" has some energy but it settles back when the vocals arrive. Lots of piano on this one but the organ is more dominant during the second half. "Not Enough Fingers" is an instrumental that i quite enjoy as we get the same repetitive guitar melodies throughout with a beat and atmosphere.

"Ghost" opens heavily with lots of organ flooding the soundscape. Vocals a minute in as it settles down. This is good. "That Is Why They All hate You In Hell" is not. The vocals are high pitched and screaming in a very annoying way. They do stop thankfully but they will be back. The vocals make this a tough one to enjoy. "Vespertine" opens with atmosphere as the guitar and piano come and go in a reserved manner. It picks up with vocals after a minute. A change before 2 1/2 minutes as the sax comes in and it turns heavier. Man this is good, then this catchy vocal led section takes over after 3 minutes, backing vocals join in as well. An interesting song for sure. "Scaleman" is an energetic instrumental early on then it calms down with vocals but it builds. This is one of the best tracks for me. "Antipole" is the over 14 minute closer. Another winner in my opinion. I much prefer the vocals on the chorus than on the versus. A calm from before 3 1/2 minutes then it starts to pick up after 5 minutes until they are kicking it hard with horns. Nice.

Way too hit and miss for me to give this 4 stars.

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 Grave Human Genuine by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.89 | 58 ratings

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Grave Human Genuine
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by usa prog music

3 stars Truth be told, I had no previous experience with Dark Suns and really struggled to digest the material found on Grave Human Genuine. In fact, I was ready to sit down and completely rip this entire album apart for being self-indulgent and pretentious. However, over successive listens the intricacies of this release began to reveal themselves. In doing so, I developed a greater appreciation for what Dark Suns were offering: a very intimate, complex listen with atmospheric soundscapes and plenty of emotion.

On Grave Human Genuine, Dark Suns plays a form of dark, progressive metal with a sprinkling of doom and death metal elements thrown into the mix. In terms of their overall sound, Dark Suns seems to Frankenstein parts of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and Pain of Salvation. Given the quality of those bands, it should come as no surprise that Dark Suns has plenty of talent to make an excellent slab of progressive music.

While this is definitely a progressive release, it is not the typical example of the genre. Grave Human Genuine is unique in that it features almost no double peddling, almost no soloing, and really no over-the-top musicianship. Instead, Dark Suns presents very intricate music crafted through careful and thoughtful compositions. The entire album uses a variety of percussion instruments, which includes bongo, congas, and djembe; a rich bass sound (courtesy of ex-Pain of Salvation bassist Kristoffer Glidenlow); and a chamber quartet to give the music a very warm, organic sound. This is only enhanced by the flawless production.

Those readers looking for something to tide them over until the next Dream Theater or Symphony X release might as well move along. However, those readers looking for something different and challenging should pay close attention.

The instrumental "Stampede" opens up the album and melts sweetly into "Flies in Amber", the strongest and most dynamic track on the album. Primarily utilizing a haunting flute and variety of percussion instruments, "Flies in Amber" weaves soft, gentle passages with vicious death metal vocals and majestic doom moments resulting in an awe-inspiring track. Songs like "Thornchild" and "Rapid Eye Moment" showcase everything Dark Suns is about: great ambience, wonderful pacing, complex arrangements, and fantastic vocals. The instrumental, "The Chameleon Defect", allows Dark Suns to lay down some thick groove as it features the band at its most bombastic. Though, it is Dark Suns' skillful use of tempo, dynamics, and ambience that really allows this album to succeed.

Unfortunately, Grave Human Genuine is not without its faults, as a few moments off the second half of the album take away from its cohesiveness. "Amphibian Halo" presents the first misstep with its use of some ambient electronic noises. These noises stray too far from the warm, natural atmosphere created by the album's first half and sound out of place to this reviewer's ears. Also, "Free of You" contains passages that are too bright and happy and disrupt the somber feeling that dominates the album.

So what's the verdict?

Without a doubt, Dark Suns is a band to keep an eye on as they have the talent and the ambition to drop a monster of a progressive metal album. While Grave Human Genuine has some disappointments, it is an intriguing listen and great album overall.

Standout Tracks "Flies in Amber" "Thornchild" "Rapid Eye Moment"

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 Existence by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.89 | 64 ratings

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Existence
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by sleeper
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3 stars Dark Suns first album was a clear Opeth clone and for this band to gain any real recognition they would need to develop a style of their own. This is something they have taken to heart because in th two years between Swanlike and Existence there has been a complete change in direction for their music.

The biggest change is that they have added a second major influence to the bands sound, that of Pain of Salvaton, and worked hard to merge that with the existing influece of Opeth. The result is an album that has the bleak, dark, melencholic atmospheres of Opeth mixed with the emotional delivery and content of Pain of Salvation, or at least that is the clear aim on here. The reality is that they seem to have just fallen short of attaining that perfect blend. The atmosphere is there and so is the amotion but neither mix to a fully compelling degree and as a result is that the album can be seen more as work in progress, a snapshot of where the band is developing from and too. I think the biggest reason for this is that the musical ideas on show here just seem to be stretched too far, motifs go one for too long and the impact that the band wanted is severly lessoned because of it .

Overall this isnt actually a bad album, there is plenty here to interest fans of progressive metal and there are numerous flashes of brilliance throughout the album, but there is also a case of too much music, not enough material as well that just drags down the experience of listening to it. Hilights for me are the extremely catchy The Euphoric Sense, a song that I can never seem to shake from my memory, and the perfectly executed You, A Phantome Still and Patterns of Oblivion. These last two songs are perfect examples of exactly what the band was trying to achieve here, an exquiset mix of atmosphere and emotion where the one feeds of the other. Unfortunatly there are a few lowlights to the album as well. Many of the shorter, earlier songs just feel unecessary to me and tracks 8 and 9 (Gently Bleeding and Abiding Space) are good but arent as fully realised as the aformenioned You, A Phantome Still and Patterns of Oblivion. The final track is the big let down though, the longest song on here but it really shouldnt have been, it distinctly needs to be cut down by about 4 minutes because it vastly outstays its welcome.

A decent album, and one that shows a band developing into being something different, but fails to meet the full expectations set upon it. No one song on here can be pinpointed as terrible for they all have moments of greatness, but only a few hold that throughout their length. In the end though, it would be the next album, Grave Human Genuine, that fully realises this bands potential. 3.5 stars.

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 Existence by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.89 | 64 ratings

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Existence
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
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3 stars Entirely proficient and occasionally exciting brooding metal limited in its effectiveness by a lack of originality and flourishes which so punctuate bands which they are likely to be compared to.

Existence is, taken as a whole, a fairly typical release of the genre, but has some good things going for it. The atmosphere is dark, but not oppressive, and the songwriting fairly complex despite the somewhat laid-back tempo of many of the songs. Musicianship is about what one would demand of the genre-- which means proficient and aggressive playing, as well as highs and lows which is all but essential these days. Knappe's vocals are clean and smooth, with thoughtful phrasing and delivery.

So what's the problem?

There isn't anything here you can't hear somewhere else better; moreover, the repetitiveness of the band's playing here will probably make the listener numb by the half-way mark... not to mention by the end of this album's 78 minute length! There are no flashes of guitar virtuosity, complexity in rhythm or time changes, or demonstration of range in the vocals. The end effect is a bland palette of crunchy chugging and atmospherics which don't make much of an impact.

Still, for fans of bands like Pain of Salvation, Riverside, Anathema, etc., Existence does offer some interesting and familiar sounds-- just don't expect them to match what you might find here. There is definantly potential for excellence here, if Dark Suns can find their own voice.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

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 Grave Human Genuine by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Grave Human Genuine
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Negoba
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4 stars Beauty in unexpected places.

This line is growled during the highlight track of the album, and it is an apt descriptor of this work. Ranging from unbelievable heaviness to floating melody, this indeed is an unexpected beauty.

When I first encountered Dark Suns as a recommended artist on internet radio, I had fairly low expectations. Opeth-lite with Tool thrown in was a common descriptor, but then I heard a longer selection on Franz Keylard's prog podcast, and I was impressed. In fact, I slowly bought up the tracks on iTunes until I now have the whole album and continue to recommend this as one of the better metal albums of the year 2008.

The standout track is Flies in Amber which starts with flute and a syncopated, complex-time riff and employs Nico Knappe's greatest helping of growls on the album. Present too are his childlike, unique clean vocals that really are Dark Suns signature element. These are featured most prominently on Thornchild which begins with an extended a capella section which includes lyrics Take your spoon now, just taste my spine. Crunch it slowly... I find the juxtaposition of the choir-boy tonality and the dark lyrics quite effective, and when the heavy section comes in, it makes perfect sense.

There are many standout moments on this album, including what may be the absolutely most heavy recorded moment of all time, during Chameleon Defect, which simultaneously employs blast beats, gothic choir, and plenty of heavy guitar which I can only describe as standing outside during a soft-ball size hail storm.

Not everything works so powerfully, however. The electronic drums of Amphibian Halo aren't bad, but distract from the overall feel of the album. Similarly, Papillon is an overlong mood-piece that has spoken word passages. Again, not bad, but certainly a step down in an album that has its share of brilliant moments.

It pains me that my 4 star rating will actually bring the average down for this album, for I find it better than quite a few albums rated higher, including Dark Suns previous album. And although I would rate it 4+ stars, it does not come up to masterpiece levels as an album (a few tracks may, however).

I do recommend this album without reservation. Again, one of the best metal albums of 2008.

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 Grave Human Genuine by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.89 | 58 ratings

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Grave Human Genuine
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Gatot
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4 stars This Germany based was initially a side project by Tobias Gommlich and Niko Knappe, musicians from local metal scene in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Germany). It was formed a project called DARK SUNS. They started recording their material under Below Dark Illusion and finally released their first album Swanlike in 2002. As the band evolved, the gradually changed their music direction from progressive dark metla into something more progressive in style. In this "Gave Human Genuine", Kristoffer Gildenl÷w of Pain of Salvation fame joined the band.

"Stampede" (3:08) is an excellent experimental metal, composed in instrumental fashion. It contains heavy music using guitar riffs and powerful drumming. To me, this opning track is an adrenalin exploder. It combines the heavy side of Porcupine Tree and King Crimson nuance (post Discipline album). "Flies in Amber" (9:53) starts beautifully with sort of flute work combined by heavy (and rough) guitar work. The musical break using percussion is really great and it suddenly reminds me to Ozric Tentacle. The vocal enters the scene beautifully. I really like the ambience.oh ..it's finally a great GROWLING vocal line that reminds me to Opeth. It's terrific, my friend!! I do like it!

Surprisingly "Thornchild" (7:11) starts beautifully with an acapella that reminds me to the opening vocal part of "Ladies of The Road" (King Crimson) with a vocal that bends Greg Lake and John Wetton voice. It then flows to wonderful heavy riffs augmented with keyboard sound at the back that reminds me to symphonic prog music. Another brilliant track coming out from this band.

"Rapid Eyes Moment" (7:21) starts off nicely with an ambient acoustic guitar fills, something that you might have not expected coming from a progressive metal band. This opening part proves that they are an experimental / post metal vein band. The bass guitar lines follow beautifully. The music moves up gradually through the entrance of drum in relatively slow tempo. It's a very nice opening, really! The vocal line enters beautifully backed by slow tempo music. The music flows nicely into the grandiose one, with heavy riffs and maintaining the keyboard sounds at the background. It moves up steadily until the track finishes beautifully!

The concluding track "Papillon" (10:28) starts nicely with long sustain keyboard work that accompanies the nice singing part. It enters the heavy riffs part at approx minute 2:35. The sound of keyboard at the background helps accentuate the atmospheric side of the music. The song also contains long break in silent and then followed by great vocal line backed by piano work. It's truly a non predictable music!

WHOOOAAA..!!!

It's really an excellent addition to any progressive music collection. The key attractive point of this album is that you could not expect how the music would sound like after a particular song is complicated. Each track in this album has its own unique style - that's why it's called something like experimental and post metal in nature. The composition and performance are all excellent. The mixing is a bit "raw" but I believe that this was made intentionally by the band. 4.5 star rating. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

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 Grave Human Genuine by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Grave Human Genuine
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by sleeper
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5 stars Dark Suns return with this, their third album, Grave Human Genuine and in doing so have given us an absolute gem. The shortest way to describe this album would be the beautiful melancholic atmosphere of Opeth's Blackwater Park mixed with the emotional impact of Pain of Salvations The Perfect Element Part 1, a combination that creates something very much all of their own. The reference to Pain of Salvation is particularly relevant to this album as the bass player is none other than Kristoffer Gildenlow, former bassist for Pain of Salvation.

The album opens with the short instrumental Stampede which serves to give a distinct hint as to what is to come. Stampede flows into what is arguably the albums finest track, Flies in Amber, a track that shows greatly how the band create their sonic style here on Grave Human Genuine, by using the guitars and keyboards (Thomas Bremer being particularly fond of the reproduced flute sound that adds greatly to the atmosphere) to to create a dark, melancholic and sometimes menacing atmosphere whilst using the bass and vocals of Nico Knappe, as well as the occasional guitar solo, to add the emotional impact that defines this album, though I'm not sure how Schmidt contributed additional rage to this song. The distinct quiet-to-loud build up that the band use is repeated, though most certainly not with any copy and paste repetition from Flies in Amber, through Thornchild and Rapid Eyes Moment using distinct compositional changes to avoid any chance of the songs sounding samey. Amphibian Halo is where they add a fair bit of experimentation with electronics, particularly with drum sounds and mixing them with acoustic drums in a similar way to King Crimson's more recent observations. The (relatively) lighter atmosphere here makes this an enjoyable listen. The Chameleon Defect takes the ethos of light-to-heavy to extremes by using a very mellow, light-hearted and jazzy melody which comes to an abrupt halt and blasts into a cacophonous wall of thrashing metal riffs and pounding drums, before doing the same in reverse and starting over again before dropping the mellow factor further and fading out the song. For the last two songs of the album, Dark Suns perform an impressive feat of maintaining the dark and melancholic atmosphere without being particularly heavy AND without it feeling like you've just changed album. Free of You uses a beautiful melody that builds in intensity without really getting much heavier until the end and Papillion uses a string quartet to dominate the opening of the song before the band kicks in and finishes the album with a flourish.

I've noticed that Papillion is recorded here as being 10:28s long, its not its 5:29s, but that extra time plus another 2:30 are used for the bonus track, 29. Now, I'm not normally a fan of bonus tracks as, with the exception of live tracks, they tend to be songs that deserved to be cut from the final take, demo's, mildly interesting or just plain bad covers, radio edits and in the case of live tracks, sometimes they are poorly recorded. 29 does not fall into any of those categories, in fact its one of those very rare animals, a bonus track of very high quality. In itself it actually feels slightly different to the rest of the album as its not metal at all, instead its a very nice smooth, jazzy number of a quality equal to that of the rest of the album, and most certainly doesn't stand out as being out of place. There are two final notes I'd like to make about this album before I finish, and they concern Kristoffer Gildenlow and drummer/vocalist Nico Knappe. Gildenlow makes a welcome return to the progressive metal world here, his first such album since Pain of Salvations BE, and in actual fact gives his best performance since Remedy Lane. His playing here is rather different to that he did for Pain of Salvation as he isn't supporting the intricate compositions of his brother, Daniel Gildenlow, but to a style that sacrifices intricacy for atmosphere. He adjust brilliantly and simply thrives in with the band, its a shame that he wont be a full time member (as far as I know). Knappe here has adjusted his vocal style to use far less of the growls that he did very well on the bands debut, Swanlike, even going as far as limiting them to a few lines on Flies in Amber, and instead gives a very delicate vocal delivery that proves that you don't always have to like the lyrics for them to be turned into poetry. This is not to belittle the other musicians on here, all of which gave excellent performances and lack nothing for skill, but I thought these two points needed mentioning.

From a band that started of as almost an Opeth clone, though an extremely good one, they have matured into their own identity here and fully deserve the 5 stars, in my top 3 albums of 2008 (so far).

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 Swanlike by DARK SUNS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.11 | 22 ratings

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Swanlike
Dark Suns Experimental/Post Metal

Review by sleeper
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3 stars I generally don't like talking about one band by direct comparison to another, but Dark Suns debut album Swan Like is the closest sounding album to Opeth, circa Still Life, that I have ever heard. It uses the light and dark musical shading that Opeth does so effectively that its going to be hard to escape the comparison.

The biggest difference is that Dark Suns doesn't make quite as much use of acoustic guitar preferring to rely on a much cleaner, smoother guitar sound to juxtapose with the heavy distortion of the metal parts. However, this isn't a bad thing at all as Dark Suns pull off the style very well and add a flavour all of their own by generally playing in a slow, almost doom metal style. The big surprise on here actually comes from the closing instrumental, In Silent Harmony II, that is actually highly reminiscent of maudlin of the Well's shorter instrument parts like Interlude 1 through 4, only using electric rather than acoustic guitar. It makes for a very interesting end to the album but I'm not too sure whether it fits in well with the rest of it. Technically, all the members of the band are quite strong, though they don't to flaunt it, with the drummer Niko Knappe being the stand out, though his vocals aren't exactly great. The bonus track, Suffering, makes for a nice addition, though being recorded 5 years before this album it has a much more raw feeling to it. Highly recommended to fans of Opeth, especially if My Arms, Your Hearse and Still Life are two of your favourites from them.

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