Let us venture today into the dark and mysterious world of Nonsun, a Duo from Ukraine and their new Ep Sun Blind Me. It is a journey best made on your own, to travel through misty autumn forests and to remember how very much alone you are. Because: you are. Completely. Utterly. Alone.
But let’s not dwell on that, shall we? Let’s talk about this album for a bit. The opener Rain Have Mercy starts with an ambient drone before it moves into slow and heavy riffing that is sludgy and stoner-ish and together with the raspy vocals it creates an atmosphere that is unexpectedly more sad than evil, more melancholy than sinister.
This changes with Forgotten Is What Never Was. A bleak and distorted piece of sound that makes the little dead girl come crawling right out of your television only to bleed all over your carpet. But don’t worry. The carpet is not real. The girl on the other hand…
This song is, as a matter of fact, the perfect musical implementation of it’s title. Like a hopeless reminder of all the relationships you never speak off. Because they never happened, obviously. Take Benny for example. Remember Benny? Of course not. Benny never happened. S/He is lying dead in a ditch somewhere, the autumn leaves falling all around him/her as crows pick at the tasty frozen eyeballs. Far away in the distance an organ plays a funeral anthem, just to make sure this wretched soul is eternally forgotten. I love that song.
As a side note, Rain Have Mercy and Forgotten Is What Never Was have been taken from Nonsuns first EP Good Old Evil and the two new songs that follow are somewhat different indeed. It gets a lot more drone-y and I mean that not in a Sun O))) riff-building kind of way. If anything this reminds me of Earth’s latest Albums: droning noises accompanied by a storytelling guitar. It sounds dark and vast but there is nothing to fear. From time to time, sunlight falls through the cracks in the sky, illuminating the path in front of you. So you follow the music through the darkness until you reach the ocean, you can hear it from miles away: the swelling of the tides, wave on crushing wave that rolls upon shore. It eats away stone and earth, carrying it to the sea. You can see it crack the foundation of everything we’ve built together and watch it crumble. It is an amazing sight.
I expected something evil and sinister, instead I got something sad yet beautiful. Sun Blind Me is labelled an EP but the journey is about 42 minutes long and it is truly rich in variety. I suggest you take the trip.
Review by Anam
metal doom drone funeral post-metal sludge Ukraine
released 6 September 2013