Not too long ago I already had the pleasure of being allowed to report about SUNRISE, in the course of their split CD “Decontaminate” (2003) with Belgian Straight Edge Hardcore institution LIAR back then. The time span since this release was very obviously used conveniently, for “Traces To Nowhere” is full to the seams with force and makes the new longplayer the best this band has delivered so far. SUNRISE aren’t called Poland’s leading Hardcore band without good reason and after first-class albums like “Generation Of Sleepwalkers” (1998), “Child Of Eternity” (2000), “Still Walking With Fire” (2002) and the aforementioned split CD you could quite speculate on a cracker like that.
So the disappointment, as could be expected, did not come and even though “Traces To Nowhere” may be called timeless it really sounds out the modern times. Musically SUNRISE could never be classified as a pure Hardcore band, the metallic influences, which once again play an important role on the new masterpiece, were too important. Of course, now you would have the possibility to put the band hastily into the booming Metalcore camp, but it’s not this easy after all. Of course SUNRISE also draw their influences from Thrash Metal, Hardcore and occasionally from the Scandinavian Melodic Death Metal pool, but the energy-filled translation of all these ingredients is downright unique. But maybe all this power is and was due to the line-up changes since the three tracks of “Decontaminate”. No idea, however it’s a fact that “Traces Of Nowhere” can compete with the established acts of the so called Metalcore genre with almost insane ease and that it’s finally time for this band to escape from the underground and get the recognition they would have deserved for so long already.
Just listen to the opener „Born Free Die Free“, for example. Taking the title into consideration you could as well expect a typical biker anthem, not with SUNRISE, because here you are beaten up right from the start. Razor sharp riffs, skilful tempo changes, thick guitars, rabid howling and backed up by brutish drumming are omnipresent. The short blastbeats provide for additional pressure, but are decently chosen and no real topic anymore in the further course of the album. Nevertheless the tempo of “Traces To Nowhere” is enormous and evokes comparisons to Thrash Metal icons like DARK ANGEL, EXODUS, SLAYER or also KREATOR without big reflections about and thoughts of the eventual dirtying of the precious heritage and creation of the mentioned bands. However not the mere plagiarizing, but the stylish processing of these inspirations is the art this quintet knows really well.
This spectacle right at the disc’s beginning is followed by numerous other sledgehammers like the ultra-heavy “Escape Failure”, the rock hard title track or steam-rollers a la “Scream Bloody Murder” and “Undercover Enemy”. At the end of the disc they let things end heavily grooving in “Smiling Bag” and close the hell ride which is only half an hour long unfortunately but in return leaves nothing to be desired. No black outs no half-hearted attempts, but always full force and variation which is often painfully missed with other acts. With “Traces To Nowhere” SUNRISE are winners all along the line and now they should finally be allowed to get the laurels of their hard work. It is almost superfluous to mention the really well-done production and the artwork’s coherent design, as they didn’t fiddle about here either logically. Recommendable without limitations! (Online November 7, 2004)