Suffering Luna
Suffering Luna


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
July 7th, 2011 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Suffering Luna were a crust/hardcore band that existed in the early to mid-90s alongside bands such as Despise You, Gasp and Dystopia. I won’t go into detail, but the band struggled to keep it together and eventually disintegrated, leaving two splits behind them (a 7” with Dystopia and a 12” with Gasp). The band has more or less reformed now, rehearsing and touring over the last year or so in anticipation of their new record, an LP that contains new material and a lengthy live recording.

While the hardcore aesthetic is prominent in Suffering Luna’s style, there is an inarguable originality to the way they play. Combining the eccentricity of Man is the Bastard with the hallucinatory nature of Gasp, Suffering Luna can be and often are labeled as ‘psychedelic hardcore’, a term that is perhaps a little vague but makes sense once the music is heard. If anything can be said for sure, it's that they don't sound anything like their contemporaries.

This self-titled LP contains three new tracks featuring Suffering Luna’s signature sound, a combination of compositionally progressive crust and highly textured soundscapes a la Neurosis. ‘Sea of Drugs’ opens the record, and sets the mood with an almost tribal feel and dirge-like pace, creating a sense of dread with a weighty atmosphere. The pinnacle of the three songs is the middle one, ‘Paranoid Delusions’ – this ten minute epic showcases the band’s capabilities clearly, displaying their ‘psychedelic hardcore’ in full force.

The B side of the record is a 24 minute live set, recorded last year in a studio – the sound quality is high, allowing one to properly hear everything that is going on in Suffering Luna’s music. This includes spacey bleeps and bloops and disfigured samples played under the lumbering crust that defines the band. There is definitely a disparity between the live recording and the properly mastered songs, however the difference doesn’t lie in quality but in the nature of the recordings – the live set has a very full sound, with the vocals higher in the mix and the atmosphere a little more abrasive. Regardless, the two sides show two different ways of hearing Suffering Luna’s music, and both are highly invigorating.

Whether or not the reformed band will last is hard to say, but as it stands their new material is very solid. A lot of work has gone into making this record cohesive, and even the live set sits remarkably well along with the other songs. Suffering Luna stands alone and doesn't take cues from any other bands - such unique records rarely ever surface in the genre, so this band's return is very welcome.



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rasputin
July 7th 2011


14545 Comments


you can buy the record here - http://www.sufferingluna.com/store.html

MO
July 7th 2011


18694 Comments


Nice review rasp. I'd heard of these guys back when I spun Dystopia repeatedly. Definitely gonna give this a listen.

Maniac!
July 7th 2011


26250 Comments


Nobody cares about Rasp anymore.


Just let him be, Mopeth.

MO
July 7th 2011


18694 Comments


Really? Weird, he seems to know his metal more than basically everyone here.

rasputin
July 7th 2011


14545 Comments


Nobody cares about Rasp anymore.


Just let him be, Mopeth.


yah i'm sure they're all really busy reading your reviews

Maniac!
July 7th 2011


26250 Comments


"Really? Weird, he seems to know his metal more than basically everyone here."

Lol, I know.


"yah i'm sure they're all really busy reading your reviews"

Yeah bro, I'm about to make staff, you don't even know.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


31174 Comments


Did the artwork for you Berkay

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

Maniac!
July 7th 2011


26250 Comments


Devy Powaahh

rasputin
July 7th 2011


14545 Comments


Did the artwork for you Berkay


cheers mate, the site's database shits me to no end

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


31174 Comments


I'm not sure if contribs can just add artwork without any pre-approval, but me and a few others (Haz is one) were allowed to bypass that

Maniac!
July 7th 2011


26250 Comments


All those special favors came back to help you.

rasputin
July 7th 2011


14545 Comments


I'm not sure if contribs can just add artwork without any pre-approval, but me and a few others (Haz is one) were allowed to bypass that


oh right I forgot about that, explains why I wasn't able to add it immediately

i love human = garbage i should check this out great review


they're not hugely similar, but if you like that there's a chance you'll like this

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


8360 Comments


I'm not sure if contribs can just add artwork without any pre-approval, but me and a few others (Haz is one) were allowed to bypass that
Yep, I am entitled to add/change artwork without any supervision too. It's nice.

Good, short review rasputin. This doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy though. Not enough melodies n groove n shit, my soft and fragile ears wouldn't endure it.

rasputin
July 7th 2011


14545 Comments


in that case, could one of you please add this artwork

http://www.piccadillyrecords.com/imgrec/sl-76990.jpg

to this album

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=79351

please?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


8360 Comments


Done

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


16397 Comments


Weird how some are able to and others aren't. Don't think I can. Probably has to do with the amount of band/album edits you have.

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

rasputin
July 7th 2011


14545 Comments


doesn't really bother me as long as someone can fix up my reviews

Done


thank you

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


31174 Comments


Weird how some are able to and others aren't. Don't think I can. Probably has to do with the amount of band/album edits you have.


I think in my case the powers that be decided it would be a tad redundant for me to start trolling the database after something like 3000 album adds


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


16397 Comments


or they got tired of approving the 3,000+ edits ;)

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


8360 Comments


or they got tired of approving the 3,000+ edits ;)
I think that's how it went with me haha, although I have 2k less than Dev here.



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