Under The Sun
Under The Sun is a collaboration founded by Dave Roman
and Mike Smail (both once of the mighty
the pair roping in noted vocalist Dennis Cornelius to round
out the trio.
A name check of the former bands from these guys gives
a fair indication of what's in store here, and that's prime
70's-influenced garage doom metal/rock done right.
There are few surprises among the first five tracks on the album,
but that also means few to no disappointments, as
Cornelius has always had one of the best underground doom
voices in the business, Smail has proven
his mettle in many bands, and the least known of the three,
guitarist Roman, acquits himself quite nicely.
Lyrically, there are clear religious overtones here, not in the
preachy sense at all, but more in the mold of prime
positive, uplifting, soulful, and poignantly written.
The last two songs are more of a departure, as
"Forgiveness" has a more upbeat, rock feel to it, while
the title track features a cool subtle moodiness and
understated spoken vocals.
Currently a rather low-key affair, Man Of Sorrow
is a winner,
and a sure-fire bet for any fan of any of the bands listed, as
well as those into the classic underground doom sound.
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Man Of Sorrow
- To Sleep with Anger
- Man of Sorrow
- Dennis Cornelius
- Dave Roman
- Mike Smail