SednA – The Man Behind The Sun

Rating: 4/5
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Released: 2019
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Band line-up:

Alex Crisafulli – Guitar / Vocals
Manuel Zanotti – Bass / Vocals
Fabion Dautaj – Guitar
Luca Tebaldi – Drums

Special guests:

Benjamin Guerry (The Great Old Ones) –Vocals
Lorenzo Stecconi –Synth / Guitar


1. The Man Behind The Sun


SednA are a black metal band on Spikerot Records who will be releasing their latest album ‘The Man Behind The Sun’ on 13th September. It features only one song, but that song is a 33 minute epic, drawing influence from black metal, post rock and doom, its tempos ranging from slow heavy parts to frantic blast beats. It was recorded and mixed by Enrico Baraldi (Ornaments) and mastered by Lorenzo Stecconi (Lento, Ufomammut). Band mastermind Alex Crisafulli comments: ‘This album marks a transition for SednA. It’s a rite of passage towards a new era’.

For such a long song, there really is a lot of chaos, here. For example, it goes from nought (ok, maybe 25) to a hundred at only the two minute mark. Unfortunately, the sense of tension and excitement isn’t as strong as it could have been if it was delayed until a little later. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with starting with a bang, but to many this music will often be over the top. Whether it was intentional or not, the various changes of pace may come across as a little random at times, too. You could say the stop-start nature of the opus can make it hard to for the listener to settle down and fully appreciate the various sections. To be fair, you could also say this music is edgy and exciting. It all depends on personal opinion. 

Interestingly, the music is pretty hypnotic and thoughtful when it’s not completely raging. Perhaps not in an uplifting way, however. Think a complete lack of emotion; images of a tedious purgatory may come to mind. But in a cool doomy way. Soothing, yet chilling guitars swimming in interesting effects such as reverb go on and on in such sections, but because of the quality of the material, that is no problem whatsoever. Think some of Burzum’s more minimalist black metal stuff. The production is also not so different from various early 90s BM examples. It’s not offensively raw but at the same time, it’s far from ‘perfected’. You could say it’s in the ‘sweet spot’, full of character and real. 

In conclusion, SednA get a 10 out of 10 for effort. In terms of quality however, they get a 4 out of 5. The structure of the music may seem a little random at first, but with repeated listens it will most likely all make sense. Maybe some sections could be prolonged, maybe others could be cut down a little, (again, each to their own) but if you like a disconcerting adventure in the style of ensembles such as Moonsorrow, you will likely love this stuff. It is maybe lacking in catchy hooks in places, but the strength of the atmosphere and the extensive range of textures, admirably coming from only a few musicians really saves the material. Strongly recommended!

Review by Simon Wiedemann