Invent Animate
The Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was


5.0
classic

Review

by Tyler W. CONTRIBUTOR (58 Reviews)
October 8th, 2021 | 119 replies


Release Date: 09/23/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Duality of Addiction

The Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was is a story of two interconnected perspectives of addiction, the afflicted, and the innocent. The afflicted is increasingly consumed by his vices, distracted, and secretive, and ultimately distorts his connection with his loved one, leaving only fractured memories in place of the love they once had.

Trey Celaya’s words dig deep into the heart. Despite the short track length of two songs separated by a mere interlude, The Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was tells a story that transcends the near 11-minute duration. Within the instrumentation itself, there’s almost a beauty that is saturated by an emotional tinge that one cannot push aside. The intense atmosphere is an omnipresent force that buries itself in between the heaviness, reminding listeners of the emotional story at hand, especially displayed within the interlude track. The combination of Invent Animate’s standard progressive metalcore style of complex riffs and technical drumming proficiency with the overwhelming ambiance of powerful melody embodies the duality of the hurting story of the addicted and the innocent. The melodic choruses and ambient bridges present themselves as a hopeful moment with a desire for the addicted to return to the love of those they’ve separated from. However, the heavy breakdowns and riffs are filled with a searing despair that symbolizes the lost soul of the addicted. The mere feeling of music only touches the surface of what the story holds within.

The lyrics are based on a true story surrounding my family’s history with addiction, and with these songs, I wanted to bring to light how subtle the signs are and how severe the damage can be when these dark secrets stay buried. The importance of perspective has been my biggest takeaway from all of this turmoil, and sadly, most addicts fall into addiction with a spirit of naivety, thinking it will cost them nothing.

The pain within Markus in the words ”How do you sleep at night / With a war inside you? / How does it feel to die / Knowing I've forgotten you?” penetrates deeply, leaving the listener with a portrait of the addicted failing to even recognize the damage of what they’ve fallen into. With each ticking second of the EP, the addicted falls deeper and deeper into the abyss of addiction, becoming ”A broken soul in the wasteland.” However, it is not just the addicted that feels this emptiness, but also the innocent in the life of the addicted. ”I'm afraid / That if I take my eyes off you for just a second / You'll find a way to be lonely” embodies the fear of the loved ones around the addicted, afraid to let them go because they may go too far off the ledge. This shift in perspective displays the duality of the situation, those who are hurting from the addiction and those hurting from the addicted ones in their life. In a final moment of desperation and anger, the ultimate words of ”(You want to be free) / Fear in the eyes of your family / Loss in the eyes of a lover / (You give me no faith) / Silence” are screamed, ending the story of the addicted but grieving the story of the innocent.

If you are the afflicted, consider the cost of losing everything you love and hold dear. If you are the innocent, consider the cost of enabling your loved ones. It is not loving, and it is not too late for recovery.



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tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2021


2634 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This EP is just... yeah, ya know?

So far my favorite project of the year, hope y'all enjoy this review!

SteakByrnes
October 8th 2021


25120 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Righteous review brother, I love this EP and def one of my favorite releases this year

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JayEnder
October 8th 2021


11456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're a legend for this Ty. Great review dude!



As If It Never Was is such a nice tune

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outliers
October 8th 2021


2870 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sweet review ty! very cool how you split it up

this is easily my release of the year. near flawless honestly. I think IA has nearly mastered their sound

dealt with all the same shit growing up that’s described throughout the ep. addiction fucking sucks and leaves nothing but carnage in its path

JeetJeet
October 8th 2021


9983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

incredible review bruther

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Purpl3Spartan
October 8th 2021


1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing review Ty

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outliers
October 8th 2021


2870 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

feature this or we riot

nash1311
October 8th 2021


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I think the second to last paragraph may need some fixing.



Should there be an apostrophe after Markus? Also I believe it’s Marcus



“However, it is not just the addicted that, but also the innocent in the life of the addicted.” This doesn’t flow right. Should there be something after ‘that’ that was removed accidentally (like maybe “suffers”?) or should it not be there?



“… becoming [i]”A broken soul in the wasteland.”[i] However…” I think you missed a / here for the italics.



Review is awesome though man. Glad one exists now for this monster





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tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2021


2634 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

appreciate it y’all!!

also, thanks for the catches, fixed!

Purpl3Spartan
October 8th 2021


1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

feature this or we riot (2)

Durrzo
October 8th 2021


2474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn near perfect EP, couldn't really ask for more, might be my current favorite release of the year. Glad you got the review up.

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JayEnder
October 8th 2021


11456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Full length next year will be gas

Purpl3Spartan
October 8th 2021


1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Def will be my most hyped release next year if it don’t work out this year

Tundra
October 8th 2021


6500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow this is insane, my mind is blown

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Durrzo
October 8th 2021


2474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're trying too hard.

Get Low
October 8th 2021


11156 Comments


rules

Purpl3Spartan
October 8th 2021


1498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1. Don't be mean



2. Don't post NSFW



3. Listen to mods



4. Three warnings result in a ban

KrillBoi
October 8th 2021


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

EP is so fucking good, easily the best metalcore release this year.

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nash1311
October 8th 2021


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Frontierer and Erra entered the chat

KrillBoi
October 8th 2021


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't really consider Frontierer in same vein (though it is one hell of a record), Erra is great as well though. Now I'm actually gonna spin that again, cheers.



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