Distant Sun is the solo industrial rock project of
Kris Sun. This is his second self released CD, and itís a big improvement
over his debut. His first release was mainly an instrumental album with
only one track including vocals. But this CD offers vocals on most of
the tracks. Unfortunately, while the vocals are indeed good, they donít
really fit with this music.
The music here is fast paced hard and heavy guitar thrashing rock first
and foremost with some noisy electronic programming and beats filling
in the gaps. Basically, the guitars drown out the electronic music making
this sound more like a rock band and less like an electronic one. And
this is fine if thatís the intention of Kris. But where trouble comes
into paradise is when Krisí light synth-pop style vocals are blended
in with the heavy rock music. The two do not go together very well making
for an unbalanced sound. Either Kris needs to tone down on the guitars
and make more electronic/synth based music, or start singing more loud
Kris is obviously a talented musician and singer. Each and every song
here proves that. But light melodic synth-pop vocals do not blend with
heavy industrial rock music. The one song here that the vocals and music
work together is "I Am". Kris sings and shouts deeper and heavier on
this song and it really works. And while even on the other tracks his
vocals donít sound completely out of place, they just donít seem to
mix as well as they should.
The bottom line is that if Kris wants to continue making hard and heavy
guitar thrashing industrial rock music, heís going to have to sing more
suitable for it. If he wants to continue singing the way he does on
this album, he needs to relax the music a bit and make it less heavy
Distant Sun makes heavy and aggressive dark rock music
mainly created with guitars, bass and drums with some electronic sounds
in the mix as well.
What comes as a surprise is that the first song is the only song with
vocals. All of the rest of the tracks here are strictly instrumentals.
And frankly these songs just donít work without vocals. While I like
some electronic instrumental music, I personally donít feel that hard
and heavy guitar driven rock/metal music such as this works without
the addition of vocals.
The music for the most part is good, and fans of heavy rock music that
just want instrumentals lacking singing should be pleased with it.