Live On WFMU

by Sun Splitter

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"Heavy and brain melting industrial metal madness. Think Godflesh and Hawkwind collaborating, with an acid-tripping monk doing vocals. Shares members with Dead Dragon Mountain. Previous releases on Land of Decay and Bloodlust!. " - Sol y Nieve

"Sun Splitter's latest cassette, a recording of a live performance on the legendary My Castle of Quiet program, came to me as something of a surprise. As a highly unprofessional critic, I automatically saw the band’s name and envisioned some sort of cosmic stoner doom. I’ll admit that despite the great praise Sun Splitter’s past efforts have received, this tape is the first I’ve heard of or from Sun Splitter. Luckily, this performance demonstrates that Sun Splitter’s bizarre industrialized heaviness is stronger than any simple genre tag and is well worth examining. The pairing of talented musicians with a great recording setup makes for a no-brainer when it comes to live performances...So what does Sun Splitter do with these five tracks? It’s really hard to put my finger on the music. At times there are truly intense metal riffs, but for the most part, this album avoids blunt assaults in favor of droning layers of reverb, dissonant strings, and chanting vocals that all sound like they’ve traveled across the vacuum of space to reach the listener’s ears. The effect is totally hypnotic and focused. Despite how detached the overall sound is, it’s hard not to pay attention to every moment of tracks like the pulsing “Time Cathedral” or the opening lure of “Eye of Jupiter.” An aspect of this recording that speaks to me strongly is the use of electronic elements and stellar themes in music that feels decidedly primitive and earthy in a way. The music and overall presentation is very grounded and almost focused internally rather than the skyward gaze one might imagine from the song titles. Perhaps the human element is brought in by the fact that this is a live recording, or perhaps it’s intentional. Regardless, it’s what endears this recording to me above all else. The knot in my chest grows from start to finish, until the cathartic frenzy that ends the tape fades into silence, leaving me weary and pensive." - Black Metal and Brews

"Sun Splitter have created a record that will be spun at least twice a week for the rest of my existence on this planet...The thing that is so radical about the way this band writes songs is that they are able to bury harsh noise in a beautiful grave where deranged sonic flowers grow. Sun Splitter are the perfect balance between ancient organic sounds and machine-like audio rain that crashes against your skull...The closing track, “Two Cold Oceans,” is a 16-minute-long stellar example of how this band manifests magic. The riff in this tune is catchy as fuck, but it’s the way that the song melts into a lake of moving noise that keeps your attention...Even this review can’t speak to the heights that Sun Splitter can take you – on the real, they are my brand new high." - Cvlt Nation on Sun Splitter's last full length, "III"

"The 5 songs on this LP, which make up almost 50 minutes of music, are blistering, droning, heavy pieces of industrial metal that sound like so much more than just the typical release from that sub-genre. These songs are aggressive yet well-written hymns to darkness and intellectual, psychological violence. Drenched with reverb and droning feedback, the songs are still complex enough and rich in melody. The psychedelic elements can be overwhelming, but they provide another layer to the band's dense, full sound that is almost kraut-ish at times. The dark sonic bliss that this record dives into is incredibly heavy, and it feels like there is so much going on that III could in fact be in the process of splitting the sun." - Hammer Smashed Sound on "III"

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released March 27, 2014

Jacob Essak - Anthony Dunn - Francis Hays

Performed and recorded live, October 24th, 2012, on "My Castle Of Quiet", WFMU.

Curated by Wm. Berger, engineered by Juan Aboites.

Art/design - Sol y Nieve & Anthony Dunn

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