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New Sun / Press

“My third listen for review this week is a song called "Antigravity." New Sun marks it territory with a trademark guitar intro leading to a strong vocal opening. I would be remiss if I neglected to mention the strength of the lyrics New Sun wraps with music in these songs. In the prog world lyrics can sometimes be overlooked for the sake of unbelievable guitar work, although some bands (very few if I may allow my "prog snob"attitude to bleed through) master both the music and the lyrics...see King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, and Pink Floyd. While it may be premature to chisel the name New Sun onto that stone, strong lyrics entwined with the proper accents of guitars, drums, and keyboards make New Sun an outstanding choice for both the classic prog fan and the novice listener looking for a music education. Do yourself a favor and buy the CD, then take a long ride to nowhere in particular and listen to it repeatedly...could be a cure for road rage.”

“The overall tone is dark and heavier although nowhere does it fall into the prog-metal style. Instead these tunes play their heaviness off of open and spacious musical structures. The opening track “Shards in the Sand” is a classic example as it weaves through many different ups and downs incorporating plenty of musical change-ups along the way. It’s the guitars that take centre stage. Lead vocals are supported on many occasions with subtle harmonies all of which creates a nice full sound in the vocal department. On the surface the sound created by New Sun comes off as sparse, open, and airy even simple. And yet for all the spaciousness created, the more you spend time with these tunes the more cohesive and complex they begin to sound. This is the kind of prog that will have much appeal to fans of fringe genres like Alt-Prog. The guitar-centric approach will also appeal to prog-metal fans looking for something just a little more interestingly structured. Nicely done.”

“After a 10-year absence, San Francisco’s New Sun returns with its fourth release. The band explores human nature’s darker side in the likes of “Damage Done,” where Elio intones, “Just another day to swim through/Hollow steps to nowhere/His hopes all used.” Tempos throughout are slow to middlin’, fitting the reflective themes. Consequently, it takes a bit of patience and focus on the lyrics to hang with nine-minute “Shards in the Sand,” and others.  “Dreams” picks things up, adding inventive use of horns.  “Miscreants” could be the album’s strength, alternating acoustic guitar verses with more aggressive choruses. “Chasm City” employs vocal harmonies to nice effect. Damage Done is self-produced and New Sun deserves kudos for courageously heeding its muse after too long away. Rating 11.5 of 15”

“This new album takes us back to the groups darker material. The music of these veterans of the American progressive exercises introspection with an interesting sound. Sinuously moving parts accompanying a story always disturbing. It's as if Rush or King's X, were deeply tinged with Fripp, or Steve Willson, sometimes touching on Gothic.  Compositions like "Shards in the Sand" testify to the edginess that surrounds their style. "Damage Done" demonstrates the ability to thrill the listener and hold with interesting changes driven by ubiquitous electric guitar. It is well worth trusting in New Sun again, I would give them another chance because they keep making good music and they retain their character, their distinctive style and that's hard to find.”