Glare of the Sun – Theia

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label [URL] http://www.lifeforcerecords.com/
Released: 2019
Buy Album [URL] https://gotslfr.bandcamp.com/album/theia
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/glareofthesun/

Band line-up:

Tobias Schwab – Bass
Franz Ebert – Drums
Martin Baumann – Guitar
Gerald Huber – Guitar
Christoph Stopper – Vocals

Tracklisting:

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. VII
8. VII
9. IX
10. X
11. XI
12. XII

Review

I’ll start this review with a statement summing up this new Post Doom album from Austria, and that is: it’s not for the easily distracted.

Glare of the Sun, all the way from Salzburg have released album number two: Theia, which is one for the committed Doom kids who love long, progressive tunes that cover all sorts of themes, making the band a tad ambiguous in what they sing about.

Their delivery is with much weight and catchy riffs that will jar the nerves of anyone who likes to listen to a bit of slow but haunting wails any time of day. Theia falls into the ‘post’ section of the Doom genre by the inclusion of clean vocals and extended guitar drones that would feel right at home on a decent Post Rock album, however I will add that the clean vocals come out of nowhere which could break the flow for a kid loving the morbid trudge of the first few tracks.

For those of you who enjoy the works of If These Trees Could Talk or Broken Social Scene, you’d love this album, and to those of you who fancy their doom deep and meaningful but not in the same realm as ‘Funeral Doom’, give this one a shot.

But, returning to my opening statement, I would not recommend this piece for anyone with a low attention span who thinks 65 minutes is too long for a normal studio album.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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