Patrick : Behind The Sun is a quartet from South Carolina and their EP 'Post Solis "(which is Latin for Behind The Sun) is their first release. Although the band itself likes to compare with Gojira, Mastodon and Opeth I hear more similarities with bands such as Between The Buried And Me, Persefone and The Human Abstract.
The foursome plays a melodic form of progressive death metal. The band tries not to tread the beaten paths and plays a lot with tempo and mood changes. No, that is certainly not unique, but if the performance is interesting, I don’t mind about originality. 'The Fall' and 'Pangea' are fierce songs and the a prelude to what to expect throughout the album is: acceleration, deceleration, intriguing riffs, (unexpected) changes of mood and musical outings. 'Scrawlings of the Architect’ is a musical interlude, after which two tracks (‘Periapsis’ en ‘Laniakea’) follow, which hold a subdued opening, after which the heaviness increase. Let downs on the EP are the vocals, of which think that they do always add to the atmosphere (just listen to the end of 'The Fall') and the cymbals that are too emphatically present and sound too shrill. Probably a matter of taste? Love's just that I found it enjoyable as producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Devin Townsend, For Today, The Contortionist) they had a little more into the background.
Despite the negatives 'Post Solis’ is a solid introduction to the quartet from the US. Fans of extreme progressive metal should give this one a listen.