Title - Sacred Arts Of Navigation
Artist - Sunrunner
For those not in the know, the brand new SUNRUNNER album Sacred Arts Of Navigation continues the discography of the band, which started with their debut long player in 2011 and impresses again with an even more sophisticated collection of progressive rock/metal songs; which herald amongst some of the best the four members have produced so far.
The excellent production by Marcus Jidell and the fact that all tracks were recorded live in the studio create a wonderful analog sound, which has a heartfelt flavor of ’60s and ’70s prog rock injected throughout.
While being as powerful as needed for today’s listeners, the songs have enough room to breathe and come to life all whilst staying true to their own style.
Indeed, all the new songs demonstrate a clear development in terms of being more focused and even more finetuned with regard their overall arrangements, as well as included a vast musical variety, of course.
1. The Launch
2. Promise Of Gold
3. Faraway Worlds
4. Invisible Demon Of Idelogy
5. Where Is My Home
6. Acadia Morning Ride
7. Obstacle Illusion
9. Last Night In Tulum
10. No Mess, No Magic
11. Navigating The Apocalypse
Opening on the atmospherically-imbibed, short, but sweetly created acoustic sweep of The Launch, they then seamlessly bring us the melodic, drum-led AOR thunder of Promise Of Gold, the pulsating prog rock of Faraway Worlds, their formidable guitar skills come to the fore on their new single Invisible Demon Of Ideology and then we get the free wheelin’ Where Is My Home.
Next up is the acoustic prog-ren-rock of Acadia Morning Ride which is in turn followed by the gently frenetic melodic rock of Obstacle Illusion, the more affirmed prog-metal instrumental Dragonship, the mid-tempo balladry storytelling of Last Night In Tulum the album rounding out on the throaty heavy rock of No Mess, Mo Magic, coming to a close on the stunning 12 minute, multi-layered rock opera opus, Navigating The Apocalypse.
Special mention should also be paid to the quite brilliant album cover which was created by Jan Barlow. Continuing on the previous theme of the future native man and the combination of futuristic technology with primitive skills, it fits perfectly into the overall concept and quality of Sacred Arts Of Navigation, I think you will all agree.
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