SKY­HAR­BOR

Sun­shine Dust EONE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews | Albums. Lives. Merch. - DANNII LEIVERS

Con­ti­nent-span­ning pro­gres­sive met­allers open up a new front Sky­haR­boR’S hum­ble RootS

as gui­tarist Ke­shav Dhar’s DIY solo pro­ject now seem many light years away. Over two al­bums, the lat­ter be­ing 2014’s sump­tu­ous and stun­ning Guid­ing Lights, the In­dian/ Amer­i­can pro­gres­sive met­allers have blos­somed into some­thing far more cin­e­matic, sonically ca­pa­ble of touch­ing far-reach­ing gal­ax­ies.

In 2015, when then-vo­cal­ist Daniel Tomp­kins an­nounced he was quit­ting Sky­har­bor hav­ing re­joined Tesser­act the year be­fore, it felt like the rug was be­ing pulled from un­der the band’s feet just as they were hit­ting their stride. How­ever, in new front­man

Eric Emery, the band have un­earthed a rare gem: a singer able to put his own spin on Dan’s emo­tive highs with­out ever sound­ing like a copy­cat. Third al­bum Sun­shine Dust ar­rives now after a four-year wait al­though some of the tracks here, like the sub­lime

Out Of Time, were re­leased as far back as 2015, while the se­duc­tive Syn­thetic Hands is a re­work­ing of a 2016 track, pre­vi­ously re­leased un­der the ti­tle Chem­i­cal Hands. The long de­lay seems to have worked in the band’s favour, though, al­low­ing time for their new line-up, in­clud­ing new drum­mer Aditya Ashok, to set­tle and their new song­writ­ing tal­ents to co­a­lesce. Con­se­quently, Sun­shine Dust boasts a col­lec­tion of songs as in­stan­ta­neous and mem­o­rable as they are en­gag­ing. From the mo­ment Dim ex­plodes in a blind­ing glare of twin­kling lights, lux­u­ri­ant colours and shim­mer­ing sound­scapes, it’s clear this was al­ways in­tended to be a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. As such, Ethos is the per­fect bal­ance be­tween Eric’s starry melodies, poppy un­der­tones and Ke­shav’s soaring melodic me­tal. De­spite a gen­eral weight­less­ness that glides through­out each of the tracks, there are also night­mar­ish shades amongst the crim­son skies of Dis­sent and Men­ace where harsh screams, crunch­ing riffs and an ear­worm cho­rus con­verge with ease. Sun­shine Dust con­tin­ues Sky­har­bor’s run of de­pend­ably great al­bums.

FOR FANS OF: TESSER­ACT, KAR­NIVOOL, PE­RIPH­ERY

Sky­har­bor: a treatfor the senses

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