When channelling our inner selves, do we delve deeper into the madness or find a mercurial answer to the unknown which holds us back? We shall see if Sunnata can solve this problematic matter in ‘Burning In Heaven, Melting On Earth’.
Starting in a sullen serene atmosphere, ‘Crows’ beats softly with warm bass lines and slow wah pedal effects that make for a dark jazz or rock ‘n’ roll opening that is a nice change-up from the ominous or foreboding opening that is all too common. Interjected with blasts of noise metal that ratchet up the distortion to maximum and bellowing screams that thunder down in ferocity, it’s an interesting juxtaposition of styles.
Entering nomadic territory, ‘God Emperor Of Dune’ echoes with distant voices and weary cleans from vocalist Szy Ewertowski, who commands a decent breadth of variety but holds a keen stance in the mystical. His deep prominence and slow wandering utterances sit in excellently with the progressive instrumentation.
Playing into stoner rock’s hands, ‘A Million Lives’ bounds with groove laden warm distorted chords and repeated one liners that don’t make for the most creative listening experience, but with Alia Fay‘s extra vocal input there’s a different impetus that could be expanded on further.
Taking a leaf from sludge metal’s playbook, ‘Black Serpent’ is an eerie blending of low depth riffs and low-key drums from Robert Ruszczyk who balances high rides with pounding toms and snares. His drum work maintains the soft approach of the rest of the instrumentation, but is constantly at the ready to accelerate to full speed at a moment’s notice.
Ultimately, on ‘Burning In Heaven, Melting On Earth’, Sunnata manage to reign triumphant with their fourth full-length effort with a record that holds as much weight as it does intrigue.