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The basic idea for forming HEART OF SUN springs from the meeting of five artistic personalities who share the love for sound research, the energy of metal, the progressive atmospheres and a little hint of psychedelic. After significant musical experiences that lead the guitarist Gianluca Ferro to record and release albums with several metal bands (among which ARKHE, FIURACH, DOOMSWORD and TIME MACHINE), Gianluca met keyboardist Mark Vikar (POWER SYMPHONY, BEHOLDER) and they begin to work together, united by a strong synergy. The line-up is ultimately settled with the enrollment of bassist Davide Betelli (AMBERMOON, and several collaborations as a first-call sessionman) and drummer Sigfrido Percich (ADRALMECH, ACRON, TIME MACHINE) who proposed to do a concept-piece and writes the lyrics as well.

After spending some months looking for a talented vocalist, the band realizes that they already knew a great vocal-talent.With Pino Tozzi joining the line-up, the foundations for what is called HEART OF SUN is laid.Pino is actually satisfied with the stuff written up to now and he massively concurs to enrich the work with the creation of the vocal tracks. The drawing up of the concept-piece is ready, and the band begins the recordings that will bring HEART OF SUN to light, a preview containing six of the tracks that compose the full- length album. After signing a deal with swiss progressive label Galileo Records the band returns in studio and the album is completed by the end of 2006. The band signs with Nightmare Records and in 2007 HEART OF SUN'S self-titled debut is released.

HEART OF SUN is part of a great wave of prog metal emerging from Italy,which includes bands such as TWINSPIRITS,EMPYRIOS,MIND KEY,DGM,STATE OF MIND,PROGRESSIVEXPERIENCE and DYNAMIC LIGHTS,and like these bands they are highly recommended to all progressive metal fans.

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 Heart of Sun by HEART OF SUN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.45 | 13 ratings

Heart of Sun
Heart of Sun Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Heart of Sun a prog metal band from Italy formed around guitarist Gianluca Ferro who already had contributions in another italian prog metal band Time Machine and aswell he has a solo career. Heart of Sun released one album selftitled in 2007 at galileo records. In last years lots of prog metal bands emerged from Italy like Mind Key, Twinspirists, etc included Heart of Sun who definetly pay tribute to DT, musicaly speaking. The arrangements are well constructed there are plenty of great interplays and the musicians are skilful, what suffers as on many bands is originality, being to much same with DT. Lenghty pieces, complicated twists, changes in tempo, climates and a wonderful voice of Pino Tozzi who is fiting perfectly here. As highlights to me are, the opening instrumental Res Amissa, Evil Tree or another intrsting instrumental 2016 AD. NEt is places almost going progressive electronic but fueld with the marvelous guitar chops of Gianluca Ferro who realy know to handle the instument. All in all, nothing is awesome or groundbreaking here but is pleasent most of the time 3 stars that mean good. Similar with bands mentioned above.

 Heart of Sun by HEART OF SUN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.45 | 13 ratings

Heart of Sun
Heart of Sun Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

3 stars Another Italian clone of DREAM THEATER,and that's too much already!Well,they aren't at all bad,no way,but it seems that in the prog metal zone,the comparaison with the American icons is made automatically after we hear some notes of any album which is in this style!Solid production for this album,very dense and compact,very clever keybords interventions and a good vocalist aren't sometimes enough ingredients to make a good album!Overall it's an album of one hour and in the end we ask ourselves when will be the next audition?!?!This is the paradox of this kind of albums,they have long compositions with plenty of breaks and changing tempos,the musicians are capable but the compositions,even they aren't bad at all,they don't have anything catchy or spectacular!Technically everything it's ok ,but it misses that spark of inspiration and atractivity!I can imagine if the band will not have a second album after this promissing debut,they will fall into an anonymous status ,they will be shortly forgot and that's a pity!We hope they will make a second next step shortly and they will bring new elements in their music,which is technically correct,but the compositions must be stronger and better defined!PROXIMA CENTAURY ,the instrumental track is impressive and it seems that HEART OF THE SUN is like a fish in the water in instrumental compositions or passages! GIANLUCA FERRO is a great guitar player with impressive skills,just check his solo album,and I have the feeling that sometimes it must be more democracy in the band!!Let's hope for a better second try! 3,5 STARS for the ambition!
 Heart of Sun by HEART OF SUN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.45 | 13 ratings

Heart of Sun
Heart of Sun Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Really interesting debut from this Italian band.

The basic sound of this band is from the Dream Theater school of prog metal, with dark and slightly gritty guitar riffs and melodic synths dominating the soundscape in a way much similar to what DT did on their Awake album. Heart of Sun have their own thing going here though; using the foundation to explore tracks in quite a different manner than this influence.

Heart of Sun is a band very much exploring in their tunes. They have a multitude of changes in style and pace in each song, constantly evolving the tunes. And always staying melodic too, even when rocking out. And a feature throughout the album are dark soundscapes, even when at the most mellow, there's a dark tinge to these tunes that is most fascinating.

Good album worth checking out by fans of melodic prog metal; only negative aspect here is the vocals, which are a bit on the weak side at times.

Thanks to TheProgtologist for the artist addition.

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