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NIGHT SUN

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Yet another amazing discovery in the realms of unheralded heaviness from the '70s. Krautrockers NIGHT SUN released this, their only album, back in 1972, and probably the only heavier sounds produced on earth that year were produced by BLACK SABBATH. In addition, the group played a loud, DEEP PURPLE-like rock, with a characteristic "heavy progressive" instrumentation of twin guitars, organ, bass and drums. A terrific instrumental battles and screaming voices.

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Review by JellySucker

4 stars This is the best album that i have ever heard so far, especially that this is Heavy Metal when they haven't know what Heavy Metal is. Especially the musical influences this album has, The vocals, the instrumentations, they are just perfect! Although i must say this album is too heavy for my Prog mindset and too soft for my Metal mindset, this album, however, matches what i was actually searching until this day. The Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin influences in this album are great too! It's like i'm listening to 3 of those bands i mentioned above making an album together! This is a masterpiece of Heavy Prog for me.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Night Sun take a proto-metal template derived mainly from Deep Purple - complete with a prominent role for Knut Rossler's electric organ - and turns it up to 11, creating faster and more furious pieces than anything attempted by Deep Purple at this point in time. Mukti- instrumentalist Rossler is the star player here, incorporating trumpet and bassoon into the band's sound in order to up the musical complexity and diversity, and manages to do so without compromising heaviness. Metal would eventually turn away from the electric organ as a a heavy rock instrument, but this is a great reminder of the time when heavy groups' instrumentation was not quite so limited, as well as a suggestion of the sonic possibilities were groups to become a bit more broad-minded today.

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Review by Vibrationbaby

4 stars Warning! Do ot play at 78 RPM

This singular offering from German hard rock band Night Sun harbours many what ifs. Embraced by younger generations of headbangers as a harbinger of various metal stylings, it has frequently been specifically compared to Deep Purple on speed or other stimulant drugs. The music nonetheless contains enough progressive attributes to invite the attention of fans of the early seventies progrock effusion who might have overlooked this 1972 jewel engineered by German mixing board wizard Conny Plank incorporating his wild & wonderful studio phase-shifting effects.

The first thing that the musically informed will notice are the syncopatic rhythmic structures that form the foundation of the heavy guitar / Hammond organ riffing that gives their music a certain depth. Keyboard player / multi-instrumentalist Knut Rossler had experience playing jazz in the late 60s in an ensemble named Take Five that also included members of Kin Ping Meh and this must have had some bearing on the more technical aspects of this otherwise hard rocking album. Bass player Bruno Schaab's melodic groovin' high register vocals also provided the band with vocal power that was missing with other German bands who sang in broken English.

I purchased the album ca. 1978 from a second hand shop without having even heard it and couldn't believe these guys were from Germany. Sounding more like something from the UK because of the instrumental configuration. There was definitely some Genesis , ELP & Crimson influences hiding in there if one listened carefully to tracks like the textured & almost epic Come Down, the Hammond driven Nightmare or the dark & jazzy sax led Don't Start Flying. I wished that there were moremusically intricate tracks on the album because it was evident that these guys were capable musicians. When the internet came to prominence in the late 90s the album started to recieve rave-ups on metal sites and blogspots on the merits of a few of the " thrashier " tracks such as Plastic Shotgun, Blind and Crazy Woman. There were all these comparisons to 70s heavy hitters such as Led Zep, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep that I couldn't comprehend at all. Perhaps one bluesy track, Slush Pan Man, could be distantly likened to Black Sabbath but that would really be clutching at straws. Think more of early 70s hard rocking power trios Sir Lord Baltimore, Jeronimo or Dust and you are closer to Night Sun's heaviness that all the metal heads and stoners are obsessing over on these sites.

Along with a few other German one album wonders such as Spermull I wonder where NightSun would have gone had they had the opportunity to mature. 1972 was definitely a happening year musically for both progressive and hard rock bands and perhaps this is why Night Sun became another ant on the hill that quickly faded away into solitary confinement ( although Bassist / vocalist Bruno Schaab surfaced on two Guru Guru LPs). Fortunately, even if for the wrong reasons, Night Sun's Mournin' has been resurrected over the internet, acquiring a certain cult status and is easily obtained on CD on Second Battle although an original Zebra vinyl edition might require a bit of searching.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is a highly rated album in some circles, even though it's pretty much straight-up Hard Rock recording. These Germans released this gem in 1972 with English vocals to boot. I find the first side a difficult listen. It's so abrasive and loud that i'm looking for some codeine part way through the first track. It's like on the second side they decided to stop dragging their nails down the chalk board and do something more interesting.The excellent second side still doesn't save this from being only a 3 star album though.

"Plastic Shotgun" is raw and in your face. Insane is maybe the right word. Lots of organ on "Crazy Woman", while "Got A Bone Of My Own" (classy title) is somewhat experimental early before we get a guitar melody before 3 minutes.This is nasty. "Slush Pan Man" is again loud and annoying to these ears. Things get better with "Living With The Dying" which is probably the best track on here. The vocals are great early on before it settles with drums and organ leading. Nice guitar after 3 1/2 minutes too. "Come Down" builds to an excellent sound. "Blind" and the other two tracks bring us back to that straight forward Hard Rock sound.

To sum up, this is a good, raw, hard rockin' album from the early seventies.

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Review by debrewguy
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4 stars After major disappointments with such hard prog hypes as May Blitz & Irish Coffee, Night Sun is the jewel that makes taking chances on obscurities so satisfying. Many have noted the guitar & organ driven music that compares well to Deep Purple. They are correct. But imagine the Mars Volta putting out an album in the early 70s, with more concise songs, but still the same melting pot of the day's influences , musically. The singer sounds like Mars Volta's to the point where you wonder if he spent time in the U.S. (Daddy ???) . Some people that I've played this have said some of the instrumental parts remind them of Yes' solo forays, but the virtuosity is not quite there, and the musical motif not as well developed. But if you love hard edged prog, wish that Purple had further developed their prog tendencies, mixed them with a little psychedelia, then Night Sun is sure to delight you. Now if only we could get a few collabs from PA to throw in their two cents on this tasty platter ...

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Review by jikai55

5 stars NIGHT SUN was a one album band who released their only release in 1972. It's fairly heavy traditonal metal, with all the elements of BLACK SABBATH and LED ZEPPELIN. However, it's also noted for it's recognition to early doom metal and stoner rock, such as KYUSS and the other Palm Desert Scene bands in the 90's, in addition to QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. This album was 20 years before it's time...and it works. It's slightly more melodic and less drone-like than some of the legendary bands it inspired, but it's possibly one of the most underrated albums in history. The guitar work is riveting, the drumming is exceptional, and the vocals all add to the stylized proto-metal this album is. This album is recommended for any fans of DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH, and even such bands such as ELECTRIC WIZARD and KYUSS.

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Review by mtnib

5 stars An amazing album and such a shame that this was they're only album. The band showed a lot of promise. Heavy like Black Sabbath, but in the vain of Deep Purple. Great lead guitar work too. A must have!

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Review by Faubzzy

4 stars Put LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE into a blender and you get this! The voice is very similar to ROBERT PLANT, the heavy sound is a bit like BLACK SABBATH and the tremendous organ-guitar combination reminds me a lot of DEEP PURPLE. Listen to "SLUSH PAN MAN" ! WOW. It bangs hard in your face!!! It's heavy progressive rock at it's best!

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Review by silvio_black_metal

5 stars This band is considered for me the first band playing something like the heavy metal, but with a sax and a classic organ, their sound is like a blend between the early Scorpions and King Crimson, but of course, they have an original sound and heaviest in that time, to give you an idea: imagine a band that the sound could be considered progressive psychedelic and heavy metal, and another point: their music have a lot of feeling... just sit down and think about that, or hear it at once!!

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Review by bigfootman

5 stars This album is amazing! If you're a fan of 1970's hard and heavy rock with prog touches you'll lap this record up. Don't let their German roots put you off either, not a trace of that weird euro-rock accent here, (Klaus Meine take a bow!), the english lyrics are delivered with aplomb and no little conviction, the music itself boils, bubbles & explodes in equal measure, with some great inventive guitar lines, and thunderous phased drumming. A one-off wonder. File beside Blackwater Park and play often. LOUD!!!

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