God is dead and we killed him.

-- Progeny of Sun --

Stijn Daneels

Album genres:
Melodic death metal
Album artists:
Niko Aromaa Vocals
Jaakko Hautamäki All instruments (on Progeny of Sun EP)

Review written by Glenn “Terra Shredder” Van Bockstaele.

Progeny of Sun is a Finnish melodic death metal band formed in 2017 and last spring they released their self-titled debut EP through Finnish record label Inverse Records.

I’d describe Progeny of Sun’s sound as a blend between death and groove metal with touches of symphonic, black, industrial and post-metal and even some metalcore. It’s quite an experimental style and the six songs on this eponymous EP all showcase several unique traits. One great example is the track “Darkest Corners of Black,” which features hardcore breakdowns, gentle singing, black metal shrieks and accompanying blast beats, electronic and symphonic tunes, all balanced and crammed together into a 3-minute song. Another awesome tune is the EP’s final track, “End of Zen,” featuring gentle drum beats and whispering vocals mixed with sections of thunderous guitar riffs and raging grunts and shrieks.

Overall, the entire EP breathes a dark and foreboding atmosphere and Niko’s highly varied vocals further amplify this sense of desperation. His range goes from clean singing and whispering all the way to metalcore shouts, black metal shrieks and death metal growls. His colleague Jaakko handles the guitars, drums and bass and it’s great to see how he, like Niko on vocals, can switch between soft melodic tunes and extreme metal riffs pretty much on the fly. As a whole, their music reminds me of Insomnium and if you’re a fan of said band or simply extreme, multi-faceted music in general, then Progeny of Sun’s first release is one beautiful little gem to uncover. We’re already looking forward to their upcoming full-length! Here’s the EP’s finale, “End of Zen.”