"Grave Human Genuine" (Sensory; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Germanyís Dark Suns have released their first effort in three years and itís a rather scattered blast of progressive, avant garde and metal. 

The drums, at their peak, are just all over the place in a chaotic rage of sounds and they were by far the highlight of this album for me. The bass was there at times, but not as active I was hoping for. The guitars were kind of a disappointment on several tracks with rather thin intermittent bursts that were neither powerful or intriguing enough to really make their presence known. This really bugged because the CD needed some more risks from the six strings, but it didnít happen enough and the overall feel of the music suffered some for sure. 

The vocals varied from clean to kind of high pitched shrieks that sometimes hit melodies and sometimes they didnít. My impression was that there just wasnít enough here to keep my interest. "Grave Human Genuine" had some moments of bashing and noise that drew me in initially, but never quite had anything really going on. 

I am not sure who this is going to appeal to because itís not metal enough to bring metal fans in. The progressive parts lack strong guitar or vocals and are just not wild or adventurous enough to appeal to avant garde fans. Itís not that itís all bad, but Dark Sun just donít seem to have a real direction and they donít make very good use of their time.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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