CHON
Newborn Sun


4.5
superb

Review

by Cultclassical USER (51 Reviews)
June 11th, 2013 | 81 replies | 12,344 views


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As a famous karate master once said, hammer on...pull off....

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

One fact to keep in mind while listening to CHON’s music is that they were more talented at the age of 14, both technically and from a songwriting standpoint, than most of us ever will be. They have developed a unique brand of instrumental wizardry all their own that lies somewhere between progressive metal and alternative rock that feels fresher than a Southern California breeze. Their debut EP, Newborn Sun, shows the young band toning down the relentless nature of their now famous demos and showcasing an evolved mentality of songwriting over speed which results in the best of both worlds.

This will inevitably alienate the bros who will wonder why CHON “went soft” here which is unfortunate because all the technicality fans want is present in spades and with the upgraded production, sounds (apple) crisp and refined. The songs themselves as well as clicking in all the right ways to this listener are frankly top tier works in rock music in general. Sweeping (literally and figuratively) passages bring to the forefront CHON’s penchant for the progressive which with their SoCal flavor is extremely interesting and more importantly is a giant breath of fresh air in terms of originality. The wank is strong in this release there’s no doubt about that, but the guitar virtuosity isn’t used as a crutch for uninspired writing. Instead it serves to add bits of flair throughout, making the typical prog transitions exciting while retaining CHON’s trademark chill factor. An interesting choice one may notice with this being a guitar record is the prominence of the drumming in the mixing. It’s noticeable, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on the person but the fills, beats, timing both with the time signature shifts and otherwise, and overall general sound of the drums is done very well and provides an integral part of Newborn Sun’s mood.

Running at under 20 mins this EP is short. Three filler tracks clocking at around or under 30 seconds for an 8 track EP is indeed a curious decision as it’s a little miffing that the boys give us essentially 5 new songs after 5 years but the filler tracks don’t break continuity and flow seamlessly with the EP as a whole. The trick to enjoying Newborn Son is to let go of your expectations, CHON were babies when they released their demos in 2008. They have matured and their influences have grown which have resulted in a different, though not completely foreign, direction and sound. The post-hardcore edge gives a little way to a newer brand of technical instrumental rock which revolves around the sunny, laid back warmth of San Diego where the band is from and believe me, being released June 11th, this release couldn’t have come at a better time.



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Calc
June 11th 2013



12147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm done with the overly-wordy reviews, feedback is of course appreciated :]

Stream and buy here: http://chonofficial.bandcamp.com/

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

MikeC26
June 11th 2013



3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review. psyched to hear this

Calc
June 11th 2013



12147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And of course, originally posted at the luxerious:

http://meltingalbumreviews.com/2013/06/12/chon-newborn-sun/

Calc
June 11th 2013



12147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks mike, it sounds different just prepare yourself for that.

wacknizzle
June 11th 2013



12997 Comments


Quite a fine review here Calc, pos'd. The guitar work on this has so much texture and flair. I definitely feel some American Football influence unless it's unintentional.

Digging: Polyptych - Illusorium

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2013



10075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sweet, this album needs all the exposure it can get.

Also, revise this bit: "One fact one should keep in mind"

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

Kman418
June 11th 2013



10256 Comments


my friend worships these guys

Digging: OutKast - Aquemini

Calc
June 11th 2013



12147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks jacob tis revised.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2013



3442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listening right now, shit this is good. have a pos btw. would you like more detailed feedback?

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2013



10075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Can't decide if I should review this or not. Been pumped about it for years, so the thought of not reviewing it rubs me the wrong way. This review does a really good job, though.

xist
June 11th 2013



171 Comments


I really loathe it when bands decide to be funny with their genre tags...people actually use then to search for new things on Bandcamp, so doing it is counter-productive.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2013



3442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's all right though because the album is kick-ass

MikeC26
June 11th 2013



3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this is awesome

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2013



10075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That is the strangest thing to loathe...

Lambda
June 11th 2013



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I really feel like vocals would help this in places. A lot of it just feels so... empty. This is also way too short in my opinion.

trilogique21
June 11th 2013



391 Comments


boring

ianjulian
June 11th 2013



627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

progressive metal and alternative rock

Digging: Trioscapes - Digital Dream Sequence

MikeC26
June 12th 2013



3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

some the drumming sounds pretty stupid and i wish the bass was a bit louder but other than that i'm really liking this

MikeC26
June 12th 2013



3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bubble dream rules

wish it wasn't so short )':

XingKing
June 12th 2013



10465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These fellas definitely have chops (and by fellas I mean Mario and Erick) but the songs feel so lifeless, most likely due to the shitty production job. It's too plastic, completely lacking in bass and those triggered drums completely rob the performance of any intensity. This band is carried along entirely by their guitarists and they really need something more.

With that being said, I do really enjoy certain portions of tracks, Dew in particular.



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