Written by Alex Stojanovic
V - The Pope
The Upside Down
IV - The Emperor
The Day We Shut Down The Sun
Not The End
III - The Empress
II - The Popess
I - The Magician
0 - The Fool
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Label: Sliptrick Records
THE BLACKTONES ARE:
Aaron Tolu - Vocals Gianni Farci - Bass Sergio Boi - Guitars
Paolo Mulas - Guitars Maurizio Mura - Drums
If you look at the track listing, you'll notice that there's a pattern in the track listing. The songs are split into four groups of three sections, starting with a short set-up instrumental with Roman numerals in the titles, followed by two heavy songs, and the Roman numerals go in descending order starting at 5, which gives the assumption that the album is a conceptual one. The band draw inspiration from a number of different influences. As I was listening to the album, my first thought was that I could hear little hints of DevilDriver in their music, especially with the guitar tone, but you can also hear some doom metal and even a bit of alternative metal. The last heavy track on the record: "Broken Dove" features some really heavy riffing in the vein of Black Sabbath. Believe me when I say that it's hard not to have Tony Iommi in your head during this track.
The Day We Shut Down The Sun is one of those albums that requires more than one spin for it to fully start hooking you, but once it does, it's an enjoyable listen. Certain songs aren't as memorable as others, but they're far from terrible. If you're looking for some new Italian metal, check out The Blacktones and The Day We Shut Down The Sun.
Highs: Fantastic production, solid songwriting and performances.
Lows: A few listens are required for the record to start hooking you.
Final Rating: 7/10