Today, the Windy City-based progressive post-metal sludge-bringers in TAKEN BY THE SUN, in cooperation with the ear-bleeders at Decibel Magazine, are very pleased to undrape the brand new visual accompaniment to “Scars.”
The scathing new hymn comes by way of the band’s self-titled full-length released independently in February. Tracked almost entirely live at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio, engineered by Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room, Taken By The Sun is an eight-track, forty-two minute audio expedition that recalls the confounding atmospheres of veteran sound contortionists Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, Rosetta, Mouth Of the Architect, Red Sparowes, and The Ocean.
“‘Scars’ is a song about war,” the band issues of the self-produced video. “No nuance or hidden meanings; just a frank, brutal, violent song. We set out to make a real sledgehammer of a music video, full of vicious, unambiguous images to match the mood and tone of the song. We hope we’ve done our job.”
Get bludgeoned by “Scars,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
TAKEN BY THE SUN features members of architectural experimental metal technicians, Scientist. Though clearly rooted within Chicago’s riff-worshipping doom and stoner metal traditions, TAKEN BY THE SUN takes their audio manifestations far beyond those confines brandishing fuzz-addled guitars, grinding bass, cavernous drums, and dry-throated vocals fused with prog metal acrobatics, lush vocal harmonies, and pedal steel twang to heighten the intensity and plain epicness of their meticulous arranged compositions. With their self-titled debut, TAKEN BY THE SUN translates the energy and diversity of their live performance in recorded form. Tracked live with only minimal subsequent overdubs, the album is faithful to both the earnestness and magnitude of the band’s sound. Multilayered, nuanced and gristly, thick gnarled riffs coil around gravel-throated voice incursions, the planet rumbles, tracks heave like the sky is breaking.
“Some of the best tracks on Taken By The Sun include ‘Fuse,’ ‘Red,’ and … ‘Detached,’ a sprawling, building mesmerizer that fully captures all of the best elements of TBTS‘s unique sound. Ultimately, though, the best way to experience this stunner of an album is to listen to it from start to finish – only then can its brilliance and majesty be completely appreciated.” – Metal Insider
“…eight tracks of greatness…TAKEN BY THE SUN has truly made a record that pushes the genre forward… it is rare to find this level of innovation.” – The Sludgelord
“This is absolutely worth checking out if you dig bands like … Isis, Alchemist, and, even Catharsis on some levels,” – Metal Injection
“…a powerfully kinetic bomb…” – Angry Metal Guy
“TAKEN BY THE SUN can really capture some beautiful moments …one solid debut…” – Metal Reviews
Taken By The Sun is available for purchase via the official TAKEN BY THE SUN BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION.