HUN­DRED SUNS

Norma Jean and ETID mem­bers make a fresh racket

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise -

THE TIM­ING COULDN’T

be bet­ter for mas­sive cho­ruses in metal. Not only have the likes of Avenged Seven­fold and Five Finger Death Punch made the jump to some of our big­gest venues, but some of metal’s most pres­ti­gious names from across the years, from Korn to Dis­turbed to Deftones to Mar­i­lyn Man­son, are fi­nally re­turn­ing to are­nas af­ter years toil­ing at academy level. Armed with an ar­se­nal of mas­sive cho­ruses and even big­ger riffs, Hun­dred Suns dream big with their de­but al­bum The Pre­staliis. Fea­tur­ing the tal­ents of Cory Bran­dan (Norma Jean), Ryan Ledger (Ev­ery Time I Die) and Chris LeMasters (Dead & Divine), Hun­dred Suns are a band quite un­like any of their in­di­vid­ual mem­bers’ pre­vi­ous projects – but that doesn’t mean they don’t draw on their past ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It re­ally helps us to keep onto the path of our sin­gu­lar vi­sion,” says vo­cal­ist Cory. “I don’t know many bands that didn’t start out as teenagers. They gain pop­u­lar­ity and end up sign­ing con­tracts or what­ever and end up los­ing any joy or artis­tic vi­sion. We don’t have any of that baby shit – we’ve done this be­fore and there’s no way we can’t use all the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence we’ve got to make this band work.”

This prior ex­pe­ri­ence has cer­tainly served to fully flesh out their sound –

The Pre­staliis is more akin to a seasoned band hit­ting their stride than a band tak­ing their first steps into the world.

Funded via IndieGoGo (an im­pres­sive feat con­sid­er­ing they only had one song to demon­strate their prow­ess), it’s un­der­stand­able that Hun­dred Suns feel a great debt to their fans.

“Right now, those fans are all we have,” Cory ad­mits. “We need to get out there be­cause they made the record hap­pen. Most peo­ple have to start from noth­ing, but we’re all pretty stoked and lucky that we don’t have to go from ground zero again.”

De­ter­mined to do things right, the band have put great thought into ev­ery part of the al­bum – right the way down to the art­work. “It comes down to artis­tic vi­sion,” Cory says. “We con­trolled ev­ery­thing for this, right down to the pack­ag­ing. It has a col­lectible feel.

It’s ex­actly what we want to make, ev­ery la­bel and band should be do­ing it.”

ENOR­MOUS IN SOUND

and con­fi­dent in tone, Hun­dred Suns take the best parts of arena metal (crowd-bait­ing cho­ruses, com­mand­ing riffs) and sea­son it with prog-like ex­per­i­ments in tone that fully utilise each mem­ber’s tal­ents. A power trio, Hun­dred Suns en­joy a set-up older than metal it­self.

“I’ve never been in a band like this be­fore,” Cory states. “Big­ger bands can fall into the habit of re­ly­ing on the other guys, but we’re tied in to each other and re­ally dig the ba­sics of gui­tar-drums-vo­cals.” For three men, they make a hell of a noise.

Hun­dred Suns have a bright

fu­ture ahead of them

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