The Sun Came Up Upon the Left
And the Dreams so Rich in Color


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
January 12th, 2011 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where the hell did these guys come from?

The Sun Came Up Upon the Left is a weird band to say the least. Up until only a few months ago, I never even heard the name of this band. The same can probably be said for anyone who is reading this review. Well, they are a two-piece band made up of .DB and JGD from Portland, Oregon..same as a band named Agalloch. You may have heard of them. Anyways, on the metal archives, it lists this band as black/death metal. To be quite honest, that description doesn't do this band justice at all because they're so much more than that. Take the unorthodox black metal nature of a band like Deathspell Omega, the chaotic death metal of Portal, and the calm black/post-rock nature of An Autumn for Crippled Children and you basically have the sound of The Sun Came Up Upon the Left and their debut full-length album And the Dreams So Rich in Color.

The instrumental aspect of this album varies from minute to minute. One second you could have a calm, dreamy atmosphere with clean tremolo picked guitars and the next it's all out pandemonium with ripping, technical death metal riffs. It's really that uncertainty that makes this album interesting because it keeps you guessing. Every time this album is played there's something different and unique that can be found. Same thing goes for the drumming. One minute it'll just be a simple and then the next all hell breaks loose with blast beats and lightning fast drum fills. All of this factors into why I said that just the regular black/death metal description isn't enough to describe this band. The production isn't clean at all and is very fuzzy and sounds like static, if that makes any sense. The album just wouldn't sound the same with a clean production because it wouldn't help the chaos that is presented here.

Vocally this album is very well done as well. Both artists here provide the vocals and it's a mixture of both black metal shrieking vocals and a death growl. The death metal style of vocals is the more prominent one here and show up a lot more often. Both styles are executed extremely well. You may think a simple death growl can't be unique and sound original. Well, you're wrong. The growls don't really sound like anyone else and aren't similar to bands like Immolation or Cryptopsy or any well-known death metal bands, which marks another aspect of this album that gives the band their own sound. The shrieks are pretty distorted and higher pitched, which is a nice trade off from the death vocals every once in a while.

Anyone reading this review that is asking themselves whether or not to take a shot on this band, just do it. It appeals to all fans of extreme metal and even fans of calmer music such as shoegaze. Maybe not as much, but while this album is very heavy, the overall atmosphere is very "shoegazey" and dream-like. Just picture a Portal-esque album mixed with an Alcest type of atmosphere. If something like that sounds appealing to you, then pick this up asap. Only bigger and better things can be expected from The Sun Came Up Upon the Left and they can only improve from here. This is one hell of a first album and deserves to be heard.



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Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album definitely needs more love.

Mordecai.
January 12th 2011


8279 Comments


no it doesn't

Mordecai.
January 12th 2011


8279 Comments


hawks, i think you should just go and buy a marvin gaye record and just chill for a bit.

Willie
Moderator
January 12th 2011


16049 Comments


The Sun Came Up Upon the Left is a weird band to say the least. Up until only a few months ago, I never even heard the name of this band. The same can probably be said for anyone who is reading this review.
Not me ;) Glad you checked this out.

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

deepintheorchard
January 12th 2011


644 Comments


I wish I was into this genre, the titles are always brilliant.

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hawks, i think you should just go and buy a marvin gaye record and just chill for a bit.

No that's alright.
Not me ;) Glad you checked this out.

Well thanks for introducing them to me haha.

Motiv3
January 12th 2011


8938 Comments


'Take the unorthodox black metal nature of a band like Deathspell Omega, the chaotic death metal of Portal, and the calm black/post-rock nature of An Autumn for Crippled Children and you basically have the sound of The Sun Came Up Upon the Left and their debut full-length album And the Dreams So Rich in Color.'

Sounds like a very odd combination, intriguing for sure. Good review once again Hawks.

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a lot man. Yeah it's some pretty awesome stuff. May take some time to grow, but it's worth it.

Tyrael
January 12th 2011


20893 Comments


Fuck yes a Hawks review! I almost pos'd simply because I saw ur name, oops.

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahaha thanks man.

Willie
Moderator
January 12th 2011


16049 Comments


The difference is that I actually did pos ;)

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2011


17222 Comments


I haven't read many of your reviews since your lolcradle trolling days. you've really improved. good
job. this sounds like something up my alley.

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Willie! And thanks a lot Redsky. Means a lot to have two members of the staff tell me I'm doing well. I like to feel as though I'm improving. I'm really loving reviewing lately actually. I could see this being something that you would like.

wyankeif1337
January 12th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

interest has been piqued. pos

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude. You should definitely like this one.

Hiperion
January 12th 2011


67 Comments


Very good stuff man, i actually found out about them from Willie, he said they were along the lines of An Autumn for Crippled Children, which i dearly loved.

Good album, good review. Pos'd.

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude I just left you a message in your shoutbox about this haha. Thanks man.

Hiperion
January 12th 2011


67 Comments


Lol, i knew you were going to review it soon, so i was waiting around for it. Awesome stuff.

Hawks
January 12th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha well this one grew on me a lot. I liked it at first, but definitely not as much as I do now.

Hiperion
January 12th 2011


67 Comments


I've had so many albums do that recently. I guess you just have to be in the right frame of mind for something to click.

I recently relistened to Arizmenda and it's so much better than i originally thought.



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