The Black was released on May 16. It can be purchased at this location and is streaming in its entirety on SECOND TO SUN's Bandcamp page and YouTube Channel.
Guitarist, bassist, and mastermind of the project, Vladimir Lehtinen released the following statement concerning The Black:
"Being the child of my thoughts, this album is the true face of the band - a well-fused combination of melodic black metal and groove metal the way we see it. As always, the album includes a separate unique story behind each song."
"Our ambitions were through the roof on this release - we re-recorded and improved the lines for all the instruments, including the drums, bass, and even addinig some extra guitars, while Gleb's [Sysoev] vocals sound as massive and crushing as always. Honesty and a natural aggressive sound are the qualities that distinguish independent artists from purely commercial ones these days, and we are happy that we can create music for the sake of art and not for just raking in some cash. We hope that our sound, punchy and somewhat scary, like a gust of cold northern wind in a seemingly empty home in the middle of the night will let you get fully immersed in the atmosphere that we embedded in the music - nine different stories related to darkness. Darkness in temptations, actions, soul, socium, thoughts - darkness in anything and everything you can possibly imagine. Don't forget that each song has annotations, as we try to create real musical works of art that frighten with their beauty. And beauty is enchanting."
The Black is available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and other digital retailers.
1. Ladoga Master
2. The Wall
3. Chokk Kapper
5. Region 13
6. The Fool
7. Mrakobesie pt. 1- Divine
8. Mrakobesie pt. 2- Letter
9. Mrakobesie pt. 3- Hunger
10. Mrakobesie pt. 4- MK ULTRA RU
Second To Sun is a metal band from Saint Petersburg, Russia, founded in 2012 by its guitarist Vladimir Lehtinen. Unlike many modern metal bands, who tend to gain fans and spread their music using a more visual element - live performances, music videos, band image, etc., Second To Sun try to concentrate on the musical aspect more and use visual elements (artwork, etc.) to give more depth and back story to the music. The band's music contains a unique blend of metal genres: on the one hand, it has the many rhythmic elements of groove metal; on the other -hand, it continues the legacy of such classic Scandinavian black metal bands as Emperor, Mayhem, and Dakthrone. Such diverse musical roots of the band protrude from Vladimir Lehtinen's songwriting, Gleb Sysoev's soul-crushing vocals and Fedor Borovsky's groovy drum lines. The band releases two versions of each album - the vocal and the instrumental one. Everything the band does is 100% DIY and 100% independent - they aren't signed to any labels and don't outsource anything - everything is composed and recorded by the band's members. Each individual instrumental composition is accompanied by unique artwork and a hefty description of the story the composition tells, which provides a deeper insight into the music, as well as the band's inspiration and creative process. Second To Sun released new album The Black on May 16, 2018.
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