Review Summary: A fantastic instrumental release from two young (and very bright) guitarists.
Outrun the Sunlight is a name not many people are familiar with. A two-man project started in February of 2011, it is the genius work of guitarists Austin Peters and Cody McCarty. All the writing, recording, and production took place solely in Austin's room, and the result is something no one would have ever expected.
The Return of Inertia is their debut album, and oh what a debut it is. Featuring 11 tracks, with sounds ranging from hard hitting riffs and polyrhythms, to classic and contemporary pieces that work so well off of each other. At times you will find yourself bobbing your head, and at others find yourself very relaxed, almost ambient.
If you were to classify Outrun the Sunlight, it could be a cross between Scale the Summit and Cloudkicker (just to put it into perspective). It's hard to define this album as anything other than just pure progressive metal.
Production-wise, the album sounds phenomenal. The guitars are very crisp, background effects stand out but aren't a burden, and the drums are mixed very well. It's fantastic in quality coming from a home computer that two teenagers have produced.
I would write a track-by-track review, but it would be enormous. It's best to just say every track on The Return of Inertia brings something different to the table, and it's an album that's best heard rather than read about. There are great things in the near future waiting ahead for these talented youngsters.