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Skyharbor is nothing short of an exhilarating assertion of creative prowess and sublime songwriting.
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In their third album Sunshine Dust, the four years it took for the New Delhi outfit to compile this work pays off in captivatingly intricate post-prog sweeps, breathtaking tectonic shifts and one hell of an emotional journey.
The delicate dance of opener Signal lays bare Skyharbor’s western metal influences, literally pulsating with hypnotic vocalising, paving the way for the sonic swell of Dim, which sees Skyharbor envelope you into their bewitching grip—intricate guitar runs rave on the ears and passionate vocals sweep you up in the moment. It’s not a bad place to be when it comes to a sonic experience, and it’s not one that’s going to be easy to come back down from.
Skyharbor provide that rare experience of a monumental build and an energetic narrative compressed within the same book.
Synthesised dissonance and crashing drumlines in Out Of Time make for a heavier yet more contemplative experience, while Disengage/Evacuate beats up the soul with incredibly pensive lyrics and a lamenting harmony. All up Sunshine Dust paints an intricate image of pure essence of harmony, not one you would immediately expect from an Indian heavy metal group.
Skyharbor provide that rare experience of a monumental build and an energetic narrative compressed within the same book. From the sweet contemplative tones of Blind Side to the more aggravated belting of Dissent, Skyharbor’s story is one of ambience and heavy groove, one that will leaving hoping this is only another chapter in an increasingly epic tale.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Dim, Synthetic Hands, Dissent
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