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Red Sun Revival - Embers [EP] (2014) - Review

Band: Red Sun Revival
Album title: Embers [EP]
Release date: 26 September 2014
Label: Echozone

Tracklist:
01. Mistakes
02. Broken
03. Surrender
04. Embers

Red Sun Revival, a band that astonished the whole gothic rock scene two years ago with their warm, heartfelt and romantic debut album Running From The Dawn, certainly got a lot of followers within the scene, and now they are back with new four tracks. I must admit that I was waiting so eagerly for this release because their debut is one of the albums that got countless replays on my player. This English band formed by Rob Leydon, who was involved before also in bands such as Voices Of Masada, Adoration, Nosferatu, The Eden House,..., has with this new conceptual EP titled Embers brought to us the most possible melancholic, yet tender and soft, version of gothic rock.

All songs featured on this release still carry that trademark sound that Red Sun Revival gained with debut album, but it seems that they've extracted the most tender and melancholic part out of it, yet making it as rich in sound as possible. There's still present that dramatic moment, songs bring kind of a comfort as the music is constantly gently caressing the listeners soul. Maybe in there I miss some sparks and innocent vivaciousness which was present before, but this extremely captivating flow that they were able to produce is really worth the excuse. Rob's gentle, dark and romantic raspy baritone voice is even more soul-rending than before, the violin sound is even more present and deepens the atmosphere in a marvelous way, then the beautiful, sorrowful piano touches and haunting gloomy keys makes you feel just like in a dream world. Omnipresent highly melodic sweet guitar lines, with many acoustic grips so gently lead the way, and pleasant bass lines supported by the new addition of real drums, played by guest Simon Rippin (NFD, Nefilim, The Eden House), are easy going through and form a memorable drive.

The opener "Mistakes" is the only rather more upbeat, if I can say so, song up here. There are thrown some nice guitar leads and you won't easily forget the curtain of sound made by violins pouring so smoothly within the whole picturesque ambiance. Slow paced "Broken", right after it there's thrown dusky gem "Surrender" with incredible piano and in the end the EP titled emotional, rather floydian beauty "Embers", where Rob's low voice carrys you with waves into another dimension, all of them play with perfection with listeners feelings and put on the test emotional persistance of each and every soul who dares to be taken away by Red Sun Revival's Embers.

The London based quartet is by all means one of the strongest pillars in todays gothic rock scene and they did four new memorable pieces of timeless music that needs some time to be accepted well. It's not a play at first ball, be aware of that. For example imagine the most emotive-melancholic side of Fields Of The Nephilim combined with the most atmospheric flow of Pink Floyd and you are very near to this experience. Embers is a small moody gothic soundtrack that awakens the roveing hurt spirits, it's romantic, touching, melancholic sonic lover.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8,5/10

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