Russia's Second To Sun have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of a Scandinavian inspired style of modern black metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "Leviathan" which will be released in September.
Record player noises start off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds later before going into a heavier musical direction. A couple of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and all of the musical instruments also h ave a very powerful sound to them.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark and melodic style while synths can also be heard briefly. When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the music also having its atmospheric moments and the songs also show an influence of post metal.
Some of the music also shows from inspirations from the more modern Scandinavian style along with some clean playing also returning on some of the later tracks. When the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can also be heard as well as one track also adding in a brief use of spoken word parts.
Some of the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses a brief use of ritualistic soundscapes can also be heard and they also add in a short instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction on the remaining songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Supernatural themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Second To Sun and if you are a fan of Scandinavian inspired modern black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Eerie" "Shaitan" and "Leviathan". 8 out of 10.