Formed by former EXUMER vocalist Mem Von Stein when he relocated to the United States, SUN DESCENDS have been chugging it out for a few years now, with two full lengths (“Incinerate The Meek” and “The Entropy Formula”) already under their bullet belts. This album essentially compiles their first two EPs “Tides In The Affairs Of Men” and “Kanun-Law”, and as is to be expected it plumbs the same Thrashy depths as EXUMER did. Yes that is a good thing.
With old school Thrash being all the rage at the moment and with an EXUMER reunion in the works for 2009, it is the perfect time for Mem to get word out about his new band, and with the solid display of abrasive Thrash madness present here this stuff should be lapped up by any and all fans of vintage Thrash. No, nothing on here even remotely equals “Possessed By Fire”, but tracks like “Third Column”, “Dream Flow” and the slower, garage-y stomp of “Quiet Predator” rock out in fine late 80s/early 90s Thrash fashion, with Mem still spewing out lines in his trademark maniacal snarl. With this being a collection of early demo/EP material the sound is obviously not the best but the songs themselves have feel and on the whole this set demands a lot of headbanging and fist-waving. Still not convinced – check out the 3:30 section in “Dream Flow” and the opening barrage of “Repeater Of Births”. Catchy hammerblow riffs, flailing cymbal crashes, you name it. The tribal interlude sounded a bit out of place smack dab in the middle of the album but this is to be forgiven once the onslaught commences with “Kanun”, a track that shows faint hints of early Punk Crossover. With the guys still showing so much loyalty to 80s Thrash, and pulling it off with such ease, I can only imagine what a possible next EXUMER album might sound like. That is a salivating prospect people! For now though this EP collection (as well as the new SUN DESCENDS album “The Entropy Formula”) will tide us over quite nicely.
(Online September 1, 2008)