Grant The Sun has released their new album titled ‘Voyage’ via Mas-Kina Records. Prog rock with a conscious and metal with feeling, you can’t help but feel immersed into a harsh soundscape filled with emotion and disdain for what the world is becoming.
The riffs are instantly signature. As a guitarist myself, I can’t help but hear the sheer musicianship as every note is interlaced with the next while keeping the entirety of the concept interesting and appreciated. This is an experience as much as it is an album.
‘Voyage’ is a 39-minute inventive and powerful musical experience, journeying through the realms of prog, metal and post-rock, masterfully weaving from pounding and fierce polymetric metal through sprawling and irreverent groove laden riffs to beautifully captivating melodies.
Having launched three Eps to date, all entirely instrumental, ‘Voyage’ is the first ever Grant The Sun release to incorporate vocals, with guitarist Markus Lillehaug Johnsen handling all clean vocalisations while guitarist Martin Rygge (who also handles guitars in grindcore group Beaten To Death) providing the fiercer screams. It’s also the first release to be written with the bass lines in mind. Previous effort ‘Sylvain’ was pivotal to this change, when producer Danne Bergstrand and Meshuggah guitar extraordinaire Fredrik Thordendal thought the songs lacked some bass frequencies and Thordendal stepped in to play bass on the EP.
As a result, ‘Voyage’ is undoubtedly their greatest and most complete achievement to date, encompassing a wide breadth of moods and sonic landscapes and at the same time avoiding easy categorization. The band reflected on direction of the new material “Every element of leads, layers, spoken words and vocals were added to enliven the voyage under water. The concept was the key element from writing to post-production.”
About Grant The Sun
Grant The Sun is a post metal band from Oslo, consisting of Markus Lillehaug Johnsen, Håvard Sveberg and Martin Rygge. The members are familiar faces in the Oslo music scene playing in bands like Beaten To Death, Insense and Ole Børud (Extol) to name a few.
With their debut album “Voyage”, the band wants to expand metal’s somewhat conservative scope with new colors and textures.
The previous EP from Grant The Sun was guested by Fredrik Thordendal himself from Meshuggah who played bass on the songs of his own free will when producer Danne Bergstrand and Fredrik thought the songs lacked some bass frequencies. The band has now taken the consequences of this and become a band consisting of both bass and vocals in addition to angry guitars and progressive drums.