Mitochondrial Sun
Sju Pulsarer


3.4
great

Review

by Trey STAFF
November 15th, 2020 | 13 replies


Release Date: 11/13/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Niklas Sundin's second solo release brings back the metal, but not in the way you might assume.

When Niklas Sundin announced in March that he was leaving Dark Tranquillity to focus on his own music (and tour less), he should have emphasized the word ‘focus’. By the time he announced his departure from the band, he had already released the first Mitochondrial Sun album, but apparently that wasn’t enough. Nine months later and Niklas is already back with his second Mitochondrial Sun release, Sju Pulsarer – talk about focus. If Niklas’ self-titled debut shocked fans with its subdued electronic nature and total lack of metal, Sju Pulsarer is going to shock them again with its complete one-eighty.

The first album under the Mitochondrial Sun moniker was a collection of subdued, electro-ambient soundscapes that was only recognizable as a Niklas Sundin release due to some familiar tones; there was definitely no metal to be found. Of course, It would stand to reason that a second Mitochondrial Sun album – especially one coming so soon after the first -- would be fairly similar, but you’d be wrong. Sju Pulsarer still has some electronic influences and the music could still be described as ‘soundscapes’, but that’s where the similarities end. The foundation of Sju Pulsarer is black metal guitar riffs and relentless programmed percussion. Over this bed of chaos is the electro-ambient melodies that made up the entirety of the first album. The coolest thing about that mashup is that it actually works very well.

The problem, if there is one to be had, is that each song sounds way too similar due to the very homogenous drum patterns and tempos. This coupled with the complete lack of vocals makes the entire album blend together; with individual tracks being near-impossible to pick out even after a dozen listens. Fortunately, the quality of every other musical element, combined with the brief twenty-eight-minute runtime make the linearity of the whole thing almost a non-issue. If there is one song I would point to as the one to hear, it would be “Pulsar 2”. It, too, features a blasting black metal beat but it also has one of the most prominent lead guitar pieces, as well as clean guitar and subdued keyboards in the background.

One of my favorite things about the modern Dark Tranquillity sound has been the electronics and the solid melodic elements, and Niklas still brings those elements here. Despite the similar nature of every song due to the very basic drum patterns and lack of vocals, the juxtaposition between the chaotic black metal and electro-ambient elements combined with the finely crafted melodies and atmospheres makes Sju Pulsarer well worth hearing.



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Willie
Moderator
November 15th 2020


18869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

I apologize to my fellow staffers for three reviews all relatively close together, but I haven't reviewed in a while and I'm kind of feeling the itch.



https://mitochondrialsun.bandcamp.com

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OmairSh
November 15th 2020


17241 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Niklas's current and former bands reviewed back to back eh Willie. I see you

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Willie
Moderator
November 15th 2020


18869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Ha ha. When they release so close together, it just makes it easy because I'm already in the mood.

bloc
November 15th 2020


64226 Comments


The powerhouse of the solar system

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DarkNoctus
November 15th 2020


11326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is a very enjoyable listen

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Nocte
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November 16th 2020


12990 Comments


Not a Willie 3.3

Admittedly my 2020 listens have slouched this late into the year, it's good to see a few albums pop up here and there that I should be checking.

combustion07
November 16th 2020


7324 Comments


Cool band name and art. Will jam

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OmairSh
November 16th 2020


17241 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The drum programming on this is super basic in sound and use

Sausagesurgery
November 16th 2020


15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great band. Gonna 5/5 this

Willie
Moderator
November 17th 2020


18869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

--The drum programming on this is super basic in sound and use--

For sure. The drums were easily the element that received the least amount of focus. I wonder if it was because he is new to the drum programming or if it was just because that wasn't what he was worried about.

Project
November 17th 2020


4487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The powerhouse of the solar system"



10/10 comment



this is definitely homogenous but it hits the sweet spot of "energetic enough to focus on work but not interesting enough to be distracting", lo-fi black metal beats to relax/study to, if you will

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Evreaia
November 20th 2020


5160 Comments


Gotta hear this, really loved the former album

facupm
November 24th 2020


11673 Comments


good name



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