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NEW SUN plays a nervous, shivering and varied Progressive hard rock which goes beyond classical schemes and stereotypes of this style. Expectations features a number of guest players on bass, violin, piano & voices / vocals. This music can be defined as melodic Progressive rock and includes a restless rhythm section, pulsing and airy solos, sometimes in the YES way. The band hints at traces of KING CRIMSON & KING X styles while still keeping a spacerock sound. They clearly have their own sound.

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3.50 | 4 ratings
Fractured
1995
3.52 | 4 ratings
Affects
1998
3.02 | 4 ratings
Expectations
2001
3.02 | 6 ratings
Damage done
2012

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 Damage done by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.02 | 6 ratings

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New Sun Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars New Sun is a band that I'm aware for some time now, knowing 2 of their albums Affects from 1998 and Expectations from 2001, both being quite good heavy prog albums to me. In 2002 the band went in to a hiatus who lasted until 2010 when the band begun to work for a new album and aswell a new member appear in the line up Chris Elio responsable for vocal department.

Well, the music from the new album named Damage done, isued in may 2012, their forth album is no better then previous releases but is no worst either. The heavy prog offered has some intresting passages, is well balanced between heaviness of the guitar and melodic lines, the perfect examples are pieces like Shard In The Sand or Miscreants , aswell Dreams worth mentioned for some horns addition in the mix, working quite well in the end in the heavy prog atmosphere. So, not a big album or excellent, but is decent most of the time, I remain to Affects and Expectations to be their most acomplished works so far, at least to me. 3 stars, I'm curious in what direction they will take with the new album.

 Damage done by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.02 | 6 ratings

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New Sun Heavy Prog

Review by ProgShine
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3 stars These new days seem to be a perfect moment for old Prog bands to come back to play and record. In the last decade tons of bands returned to the music business. They are aware that we have a high time for Prog Rock in general and today it is an ever growing genre within the audience. This week I have reviewed two bands in this position and that's exactly where the American band New Sun stands.

I wasn't aware of New Sun but they are an American band founded in 1993 and they had 3 albums released between 1995 and 2001. Soon after that, the band went on a hiatus that would last for 11 years. Damage Done (2012) is the result of this 11 years without releasing an album and gathering experience. The only big change in the band's line up is their new vocalist Chris Elio. The band is completed by Chris Trujillo (drums), Christopher Scott Cooper (guitars and keyboards) and Alex Kley (bass).

The best thing on Damage Done (2012) is that you cannot precisely spot where the band is going. They play an extended mix of Prog that is mainly based on melody with a bit of heaviness here and there. The band has many heavy guitar moments in Damage Done (2012), like in the opening 'Shard In The Sand' or 'Miscreants', but most of the time the melody is the main goal. Listen 'She Moved Me' and understand what I'm talking about. One perfect example of how broad their influence can be on this album is the track 'Dreams'. The inclusion of horns was completely unexpected and works wonderfully!

The best track on the album though, is the last one, 'Chasm City'. On this track we have different vocals, possibly by the guitar player Christopher Scott Cooper (couldn't spot exactly who, both Chris Trujilo and Christopher are marked with vocals on the booklet), that interchange with Chris Elio vocals. I would love to listen more of his vocals on the album.

New Sun unfortunately doesn't have a great production on Damage Done (2012). I have this impression that the guitar sound is repetitive on most of the tracks, even if it was a conscientious decision to forge the band's sound, for me it looks a little boring. Other thing is Chris Elio, his vocals lack a bit of charisma and sometimes his voice can sound a bit over the top.

But you cannot say that New Sun is not a hard-working band, they are indeed. Damage Done (2012) took 3 years to be completed and has many good ideas and moments and I can see the band doing much better in the next album. And one more thing, they did the perfect thing when they decided to record a 45 minutes long album, this is a smart move nowadays. So you can sit down and actually listen what's going on. Worthy to give it a try.

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

 Expectations  by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.02 | 4 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
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3 stars This is an extremely varied album, and while New Sun will be viewed as many as being 'progressive', they are much more about providing strong songs than conforming to any particular genre. The biggest thing to come out the album is a feeling of space, some of which is due to the sometimes lengthy gaps between tracks, but also to the laid back feel to many of the songs.

It is music that is there to be listened to and enjoyed, but the guys feel no need to thrust it down your throat. While much more will be gained from sitting and listening to it quietly, this album also does very well from being played as background music.

The firs few times I played this I did so while doing something else, but found that songs that "Reflections", with strong vocal and lyrics but minimal backing always had a way of grabbing attention. Then the next song is much more rock based so that the listener is never quite sure what to expect next. No lyrics in the booklet but they are obtainable from the web site which is www.new-sun.com. An interesting album.

Originally appeared in Feedback #62, May 01

 Fractured by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.50 | 4 ratings

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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars New Sun hail from the Silicon Valley in California with multi-instrumentalist Christopher Scott Cooper and guitarist D.L. Erickson as the original members and Alex Kley (bass) and Scott Landucci (drums) joining soon after the band's formation in 1993.Landucci would leave his place to Chris Trujillo the next year and this core recorded the band's debut ''Fractured'', released indepedently in 1995.The album can be purchased through Blue Seven Audio, a recording label established by Christopher Scott Cooper.

Combining the Power guitar-Rock of RUSH and some of KING CRIMSON's extreme workouts, New Sun appear as a Heavy Prog group with an intense tendency towards powerful rhythms and complicated instrumental passages.The limited use of keyboards and the strong presence of the two guitarists result a dynamic and at moments raw guitar-driven style with both groovy and adventurous moments, while the vocals of Copper have sort of a metallic edge.''Fractured'' offers ten compositions, divided into catchy vocal deliveries, powerful, heavy grooves and technical displays, while there are plenty of different atmospheres offered by the group, from the spacey mood of ''Then & now'' to the nervous and dark sound of ''Switched by remote''.Quie often the group flirts with a more Prog Metal-oriented sound akin to QUEENSRYCHE with deep lyrical content and nice instrumental diversity.The two guitarists, as being the band's leading figures, deliver some great solos, impressive riffs and FRIPP-ian complex breaks, strengthening New Sun's technical efficiency.

Anyone fond of band's in the vein of TILES will love New Sun.Guitar-driven Power Prog Rock with a wide spectrum of different song structures, likely to please all fans of Prog Rock music.Recommended.

 Expectations  by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.02 | 4 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3 years later in spring of 2001 New Sun comes with third album named Expectations. Well my expectations were that this release to be as good as previous one. Still, ok maybe more mature and little polished then previous two works, Expectations offers some good spacey heavy prog arrangements. No big diffrences between this one and Affects in overall sound, but pieces like opening track Mammoth, the title track . Expectations who is by far the best piece of the album and among the best they ever done, excellent Rush like guitar passages and heavy drumming with some complex moves and twists. The atmosphere is in parts more relaxed and without that forced moments that appear on Affects, Heavy prog played with balls and with heart, the problem is that this band is little known and for sure needs far more attention even is not among the top bands of the genre. Decent is the word to describe this album and this band in general. 3 stars again.
 Affects by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.52 | 4 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars New Sun is somehow an unknown band in prog circles even they release 4 albums to date. They are from USA formed in early '90s. The second album from 1998 named Affects is a trip in heavy prog realm with some great guitar parts and dark atmosphere. Also they incorporated in their sound some space rock passages that gives overall a fairly decent experince to the listner. The riffs and sound remind me in places of King Crimson and even some Rush passages are to be found here, but are all melted with their own twists. This album is ok, good no doubt but some parts are little forced in my opinion, like for instance in pieces like FYB (the Deceptionist) or "Cause & Effect". There are also some highlights like Prometheus and ending track Question. So, fans of Rush at some point might give this band a try, they are ok, but I don't think is a groundbreaking release, still 3 stars to this one, good cover art.
 Expectations  by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.02 | 4 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is NEW SUN's third studio album and it sounds more polished than the first two releases. I don't think it measures up to the first two though, but that's probably more my tastes than anything else.This is still a good record. "Mammoth" is a great way to start, as this is my favourite track. It opens with dark guitar sounds as it slowly developes.There is some riffing 2 minutes in and were really cooking now.Vocals come in as we get a contrast between light and heavy passages.We get a RUSH-like section before it turns atmospheric like the intro. It ends with the guitar crying out as were smoking again. "Cause & Effect II" features guitar, violin, drums and gentle vocals.Passionate vocals take over in an uplifting section.We are treated to some nice guitar work 4 minutes in. "Land Of Not So" reminds me of ECHOLYN for some reason.This is a fairly powerful tune.Some screaming guitar melodies 4 minutes in.The vocals are almost mono toned until he screams out. "Expectations" is divided into 7 parts and is the longest song at 10 minutes. Acoustic guitar to open with reserved vocals.The song becomes an uptempo tune driven by throbbing bass lines, as the lead guitar fires off several rounds.This is a great section. We then get a spacey passage with lots of atmosphere. Acoustic and electric guitar with vocals to end it."Time, And No Words With You" features acoustic guitar melodies throughout. "No Mas Uvas" opens with a man talking before he is cut off by heavy guitar. It turns into a RUSH-like melody with some great bass.This is my second favourite song. "Do You Wish To Know" features drifting vocals and a spacey soundscape. "Expectations Reprise" is really the first minute of the "Expectations" song. As I said this is a good record.I would probably suggest you start with their first album though.
 Affects by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.52 | 4 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars NEW SUN's second release is not as straight forward as their debut "Fractured" as the band experiments more with spacey soundscapes on this one. It's not surprising then that fellow Americans DJAM KARET came to mind when I listened to this album. This spacey sound is in keeping with the theme (the Mind) that runs through this record. There is a line in the song "Question" that explains what this theme is about "Images stir the mind and affect our very lives".This is why the album is called "Affect" as the band shows how our endless thoughts and memories "affect" how we live our lives.

"Dark The Azure Sky" opens the record with tribal-like drumming and some scorching guitar based soundscapes.This is an amazing tune that is way too short. "Prometheus" is a song with lyrics that deal with memories and the "hours of aimless thought..." It opens with guitar- led atmospheric sounds and keys before a RUSH moment comes into play 1 1/2 minutes in. The vocals remind me of the singer for UNDER THE SUN. Heavy guitar and drums arrive and the song accelerates 4 1/2 minutes in. "Acquired Muscle Memory" is an instrumental that is very spacey and atmospheric with an eerie vibe. "Cyrus Gore" has a dark intro before we get a good rhythm with spoken vocals. The song gets heavy 3 1/2 minutes in with riffs as heavy drums follow. It becomes atmospheric until we get some blistering guitar soundscapes. The song ends with the sounds of crickets.

"Cause & Effect" is my least favourite as it's a fairly straight forward song with violin, vocals and guitar. I still like this one though and the guitar reminds me of Lifeson. "...But For The Gleam In Her Eye" is another instrumental. This one has a chilling atmosphere as sequencers and keyboards create the sounds. "FYB(The Deceptionist)" is a song about a former friend who was a liar and deceiver, and how this person became this way in their mind first. The song also relates that if this person had only "opened up their mind" they could have been different, but it's too late now (to save their friendship). The song opens with some ripping guitar as I am again reminded of RUSH. Vocals come in followed by a dark mood. Some great guitar 4 1/2 minutes in and an extended instrumental ends the tune. "Question" is dedicated to a friend who died at around 23 years of age. It again deals with memories and the mind related to this person. The music features a lot of guitar. I like the guitar melodies and the guitar soundscapes that paint the background.

Overall I prefer their debut to this one but not by much. In the liner notes Christopher Scott the band leader thanks "Ian Anderson, and the members of RUSH for constant inspiration throughout my life".

 Fractured by NEW SUN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.50 | 4 ratings

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New Sun Heavy Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I think if I had to describe NEW SUN's sound I would say they blend RUSH with some Fripp like guitar melodies, and out of this comes their own special prog cocktail.

The first song "Intro" is an instrumental that opens with what sounds like synths, as drums and Fripp like guitar melodies follow. Great track ! "The Sprawl" features some good vocals and it has a bit of a dark undercurrent to it, as guitars grind away. It's kind of cool to hear the sampling of sounds from the "street". This is in connection with the songs title (you know, urban sprawl). "Glass" is another fantastic tune that opens with angular guitar sounds.There is a good beat to this one as tasteful guitar melodies come and go. A definite RUSH feel to the guitar tone. What a beautiful sound to the drum and guitar melody 4 minutes in.The angular guitar melodies are back 5 minutes in. "Then & Now" is another amazing tune. It's a mellower, spacey song with great atmosphere.

"Remembering You" features both male and female vocals in another song with a great climate. "Switched By Remote" is a powerful song that has a darker mood and a heavier sound. Some excellent guitar in this one as there is again a RUSH vibe going on here. There are spoken words that respond to the intense vocals.Terrific song. "Deathbird" has some theatrical vocals as well as some nice mellow passages of guitar.There is an IRON MAIDEN sounding guitar melody too. "Earthlost" is probably my favourite track. It opens with the sounds of the wind blowing. I can't say enough about this song. The lush soundscapes and the shifts in mood and tempo. Nice. "Lifeforce" is a lighter song with some tasteful guitar throughout. "Indecisions" opens with the sound slowly rising, as we hear some intricate guitar melodies.This sounds like a RUSH/KING CRIMSON mixture ! Some great atmospheric guitar as well.

This is a fantastic debut from my American neighbours to the south. Can't wait to check out their other releases !

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