New Interview with Of The Sun!
Posted on 5/26/2017 3:25:50 PM by Frank Hill

Southern progressive metal mammoth’s, Of The Sun, have just released their sophomore album called Before A Human Path. I had the pleasure to interview guitarist/vocalist Patrick Duvall to find out how the band is doing and where they are heading.

Southern indicates the cultures we've been exposed to, the influences we've derived, and the attitude that was distilled from both. There's more aggression to our sound than any progressive metal band that we've heard, a rawness to our strangeness. And yeah, progressive metal for the obvious reasons. We deviate from formula and we're heavy. If you hear a song for the first time and successfully figure out where it's going before it gets there, that's what we call “boring”.

Read Maximum Metal David Loveless' interview here...[Full Interview Link]

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Syron Vanes
"The riff always comes first and then the melody."

Seven Spires
"Part 1: Beginnings & Influences
· The Pretty Reckless
· Ghost
· Children of Bodom, Havok
· Scorpions
· Unleash the Archers

· A Look at AFM Records
· 5 Bands to Watch in 2017
· Staff Top Love Songs
· (Stephen) King of Metal

· Metal Maidens
· Metal Humor
· Metal Magazine
· Metal Timeline
· Contact & Submissions

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Black Laden Crown

Life on Death Road

Plague Throat
The Human Paradox

The Source

Demonic Resurrection

Violet Cold

Night Ranger
These flashy Californians continue to deliver quality arena rock
Tokyo Motor Fist
80s-styled arena hard rock and AOR from long-time veterans
Crazy Lixx
More arena hard rock from these veteran Swedes
Freddy and the Phantoms
Fourth record from this swanky blues band from Denmark
Father Befouled
Bruising, no holds barred DM
Falls a bit short of having divine skills
Harkens back to the glory days of black metal
Ancient Ascendant
DM layered with extreme metal qualities and hard rock lavishness
Sacrificial Slaughter
Killer thrash death mix that leaves you wanting more
Starts out with a whole lot of promise before fizzling out

Denis Gulbey has been running the online metal store Sentinel Steel since 1993. His first experience with the genre was in 2nd grade when he heard a snippet of AC/DC's 'For Those About to Rock'. His independent magazine, Sentinel Steel, was released in 1993 and included a mail-order page. The label formed in 1995 and has re-issued a number of metal gems from Attacker, Burning Starr, Axewitch, etc. as well as new and original albums. Link: [LINK]