Hail The Sun
Elephantitis


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cultclassical USER (51 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2013 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Get the gross image out of your mind and enjoy....

Bands like Hot Cross and The Fall of Troy were hugely influential in the early 2000’s contributing to a sort of paradigm shift in the way post-hardcore can be played. Combining a progressive hammer-on/pull-off heavy style of guitar playing and more free range drumming with a huge decrease in riffage, conventional time signatures and simplistic song structures resulted in a spastic, technically savvy sound which fit right in with the high energy mood and feel post-hardcore was known for. Bands like Dance Gavin Dance and its sister group A Lot Like Birds, while not as proggy as either The Fall of Troy or Hot Cross have been successful emulating this framework. Californian quartet Hail The Sun may fall more smoothly in with the DGD comparisons musically, but don’t mistake this similarity as a ripoff.

Elephantitis is an example of the best that progressive post-hardcore has to offer, excellent song writing that holds attention and beautiful execution from the members of the band. The meatiest portion of this offering comes falling off the picks of the guitarists. Fans of this brand of post-hardcore have heard guitar play similar to this before, and while this fact doesn’t serve to draw in any new or jaded listeners, that doesn’t stop them from being any more amazing. Intricate, noodly progressions are utilized in tandem with lightly distorted riffs used by the likes of DGD and ALLB to create a myriad of feeling. Elephantitis is indeed a collection of songs rather than a cohesive effort but this serves the band well. Somber, melodic tunes like (the awesomely named) “Testostyrannosaurus” and “Dark Messages” are pulled of just as well as the overtly energetic rest of the EP and does nothing if not build anticipation for the eventual full length.

Keeping with the theme of well executed, we come to the vocals which sadly due to the sheer impressiveness of the instruments can lead some people to think they should be omitted from the group altogether. However a cursory listen reveals the vocals not only pull their own weight both in the harsh and soft departments, they are integral to the band’s sound. Comparisons can be justly drawn between this and others like Tilian Pearson or Anthony Green however the piercing quality these two sometimes exhibit is thankfully absent in Elephantitis. A strong voice can go a long way for a group in terms of sound. A weak voice trying to do the harsh vocals or the crooning passages here can easily give out in a couple years. Thankfully this is not a problem for Hail The Sun as one can really hear the weight behind both the screams and the actual singing.

Elephantitis a scant couple years ago could be rightly described as a breath of fresh air for post-hardcore. The fame of other similar bands makes this description frankly false but that’s not taking anything away from what these guys have provided here. This can be described as, however, complexity spooning with melody in the seedy hotel of aggressive post-hardcore and while you may have been here before, the soiled linens are just as comfortable as ever.



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Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Streaming:
http://hailthesun.bandcamp.com/

Fun fact, this rules. Also elephantitis isn't a thing, but elephantiasis is.

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altforazninva5in
March 3rd 2013


263 Comments


Good review, pos'd

This EP is sick
I wonder what they can accomplish with an LP

Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

after they tour with the honorable Jonny Craig they're gonna release one. Autobuy for me.

altforazninva5in
March 3rd 2013


263 Comments


Ugh everything about this band is great, right down to who they're friends with (ALLB, not Jonny Craig)

MuhNamesTyler
March 3rd 2013


4038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah good review
Pos'd

I really like Will They Blame Me If You Go Disappearing

Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you both. I actually found these guys because of a band called Stolas, who I found off of ALLB's facebook lol.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


19743 Comments


good stuff, nicely written as always. however i find it funny cause this seems to be one of your most straightforward reviews and you were just getting on my case about that ;)

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Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you sure aboot that? I purposely write in a straightforward way. Its even what my application for contrib was based on. Another reason why I prolly didnt get picked lol

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


19743 Comments


i mentioned my reviews are straightforward and easy to read too in my application. lol i'm just giving you a hard time. pos'd

Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know you are fool!!!! but thank you i luv you.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


19743 Comments


i disagree though i don't think all your reviews are that straightforward. you're a really creative writer. i liked your pinnick review and the analogy about the virus.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


17213 Comments


I literally just saw these dudes last night for my friends' band's farewell show haha. so good. they covered Party in the USA

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Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but my analogy of cum-encrusted bedsheets didnt do it for ya lol?


@redsky

that....is awesome lol.

Underflow
March 3rd 2013


2563 Comments


Not typically my thing, but I may give it a shot for giggles.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


19743 Comments


Lol like I said it's a nice review. U always seem to review bands I haven't heard of

CK
March 3rd 2013


4913 Comments


Hey, this isn't a Turboweekend review!!

Jk, good review haha. I have been digging punk a lot lately and this review got me interested in these guys, so I will definitely give them a listen.

Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gimme more time with that man lol

i'm listen to that at work where I'm forced to listen to it over hours and hours

CK
March 3rd 2013


4913 Comments


I'm not holding it on you, I only joined so I could get some reviewing practice in.

progressive post-hardcore


Kind of like a Circa Survive thing?

Calc
March 3rd 2013


12185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no like a fall of troy thing. his voice his very circa survive though

d00derz
March 3rd 2013


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man. Have a pos.



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