40 Watt Sun
The Inside Room


4.0
excellent

Review

by mrbloke USER (6 Reviews)
October 25th, 2012 | 11 replies | 1,042 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Introspective Doom Metal

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Are you a metal fanatic looking for an LP that goes easy on the violence, gore, religious and anti-religious undertones, rape, murder, famine, war, plague, cannabis, genocide and or nuclear fallout? Good news for you. This album doesn’t only skimp out on said topics, it completely forgoes them. The debut LP from Essex-based doom trio 40 Watt Sun goes a path that has been predominantly forgone by metal bands outside of the prog world since the end of the 80s, writing about the complications and obstacles of romance and love. Now that may not offer a lot of promise considering these kind of hardships are being preached all over the Hot 100, but one must believe that lead vocalist and former Warning fronter Patrick Walker knows how to use introspect correctly since he has been working with it since the mid-nineties.
The five tracks that grace this album are all lengthy overdrive-laden compositions that detail love and sorrow in a truly heartfelt and earnest devotion; using some seemingly dark and remorseful lyricism. Almost to a point where it becomes hard to tell of the partner being sang about is alive or dead. With lines like “Seven years seem so far” and “Sometimes I’ve never known silence of this kind” the possible spiritual bond gives this album a very tortured personality. But this kind of personality would come off as corny or pretentious if it wasn’t being delivered by a professional in the field like Walker.
The sound of the album is, as previously mentioned, very much overdriven with the guitars high in mix, with no holds barred on the listener. The approach for a louder, messier and grainer palette gives a contrast between the lyrical component. In a way, the album feels like being serenaded and pummeled at the same time but in a very satisfying way. This is a listen for any doom fan in need of a record both promising in style and in substance.

My Score: 8.4



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40 Watt Sun traded some of their depression for a lot more beauty, and it was more than a worthwhile...


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GiaNXGX
October 24th 2012



4867 Comments


I really liked this review, man. In my opinion, there are a couple of things you could improve. First of all break the paragraphs, it looks nicer. 2ND:

The introduction is rather weak and gives the impression that your review is going to be flawed - amateurish (which it's not, your diction is very good). If you want to introduce people to your review use something that captures the reader's attention. Saying "Are you looking for something that does not incorporates _____, ______, _______. Well - Look no further." is very weak and reads more like an advertising / commercial than an album review.

Try something like this:

Metal is a genre that can be usually distinguished by it's juvenile gore-soaked imagery. A major-number of bands often delve themselves deep into clichéd aesthetics that don't even work fairly-well. From anti-religious scenes and gore-obsessed undertones, to murder, famine & genocide. Metal is a genre plagued with negative nuances, therefore; it is refreshing whenever a band focuses on limpid topics. 40 Watt Sun is such band - giving us a distinct sound; lyrically & musically.

The Ending is not substantial-enough as well. It needs.... More "meat" :]. Last thing : If you are going to rate albums based on your own scoring methods try bolding such score.

PsychicChris
October 24th 2012



207 Comments


Still need to listen to these guys though I did like what I heard from Warning.

JAXETA
October 24th 2012



767 Comments


heard these guys were baws

GiaNXGX
October 24th 2012



4867 Comments


Haha...says a baw digging btbam.

ButteryBiscuitBass
October 25th 2012



9746 Comments


Good review dude, going to check this out.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2012



8743 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

really glad other people love this too, shame people get so caught up in the mood change between this and warning

Shuyin
October 25th 2012



11170 Comments


heard a song on youtube a few days ago, really good stuff

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Shuyin
October 25th 2012



11170 Comments


good review btw

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2012



7315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. Restless is such an amazing song.

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HitlerIsTheBest
October 25th 2012



1585 Comments


agreed

mrbloke
October 25th 2012



200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay i wrote a good review!



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