PAGAN with Crave Death, Blind Girls & Masochist. Crowbar, Brisbane Saturday 18 August, 2018 At 8pm on a Saturday …
Amidst the present-day grunge revival led by the likes of Violent Soho and DZ Deathrays, it seems Black Stone from the Sun have found their niche in the Australian music scene, and the Perth duo successfully cement their place here with debut Dreamalysis–a distorted, guitar-driven 12 track release that sees 90’s influences come together with modern day elements in a loud, gritty and well-made album.
The record is noticeably influenced by the 90’s grunge movement and the duo seem to receive frequent comparison to Nirvana, the reasoning for which can easily be heard on tracks such as Vice Versa and Paralyzed In Dreams. However, as the album progresses Black Stone from the Sun can also be heard working hard to establish their own unique sound that has been six years in the making.
The record is noticeably influenced by the 90’s grunge movement and the duo seem to receive frequent comparison to Nirvana
Album highlights include Paralyzed in Dreams, a song that carelessly moves from a loud, riff-heavy chorus to a soft, gritty verse and My Tibetan Sky Funeral, a catchy and guitar-driven song not too different to British India’s Precious. Anatomy sounds like a song you would find during a kickass action movie montage which I think automatically makes it a banger.
Last track of the album, Hello Memories, is the perfect summary of what the album has been: it’s loud and punchy with heavy bass and lots of yelling before slowly slipping into something a little quieter as it tails off and finishes by dissolving into a minute’s worth of weird distortion. The song perfectly encapsulates what the album has been and even leaves a little room for where the next album could pick up.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Hello Memories, Anatomy, My Tibetan Sky Funeral
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, British India