Ever since I heard ‘The World Is Yours’ the lead single from this album I have been looking forward to reviewing it. The track marked the transition of the band from being Driven to becoming In Search Of Sun… Same band but with a little twist. That track really caught my ear and I was seriously interested to hear the rest of the album, and as if by magic a copy of The World Is Yours fell into my hands just over a month ago, and I haven’t stopped playing it since.
In Search Of Sun are Adam Leader (Vocals) Rory Kay (Guitar) David Mena Ferrer (Guitar) Faz Couri (Bass) and Sean Gorman. (Drums, backing vocals) I will tell you now that if you are looking for delicate heart felt ballads then my friend you are in the wrong place entirely. This is a straight up metal record, big, brash and in your face. No airs and graces what so ever, make no mistake this record is like going 12 rounds with Mike Tyson. You’ll get battered from head to toe and from all imaginable angles but at the final bell the rewards are spectacular.
The album opens with title track ‘The World Is Yours’ and it showcases everything that makes In Search Of Sun what they are. Back in their days as Driven the band weren’t exactly known for nuanced subtlety but they have progressed and refined their style and the results are outstanding. The trademark thundering guitars along with the monster vocals and rhythm section remains but there is more melody about their work in this new incarnation. All of those things are present in this opening track and it sets up what’s to come magnificently.
‘Give In’ sees the band give a headbang rather than a nod to their heavier roots as the aggression and energy really steps up a gear. The clean vocals of the opener remain but there are now joined by impassioned screams from Leader in a much heavier section, and much like all of the best nights out the track ends in all out chaos. A great bass intro and classic metal ‘chopping’ guitars greet the arrival of ’51 56.’ The great clean vocals soar, and the guitar solo not for the last time on the record tower above the lot in awesome style. I know I keep on about it but the different sections and layers to tracks like this one really shows how far the band has grown over the last year or so.
The track which gave the band their name and heralded their change in musical direction ‘In Search Of Sun’ begins in quite ominous fashion but soon descends into what is almost stadium rock. The moody guitars lay the foundation for Leader’s vocals to pull the track along and into a big grandstand chorus. I described the song as stadium rock not because it sounds like Bon Jovi but because the guitar solo has got that massive ranging style which Slash made so popular, granted he didn’t have such a thundering drum beat to play over but you get my point. ‘Idle Crown’ manages to be hard-hitting, mellow, in your face and almost thoughtful in the same song. It seems to flit between threatening to rip your face off and giving you an overly familiar hug. The bass comes to the fore in the slower sections and these more laid back phases help give not only this song but the album a nice balance.
After a brief intro from the rhythm section the riffs return and the pace kicks back up a gear as ‘Burn’ powers into life. It’s another really solid track and one that I like but the ending feels a little too abrupt. You go from full throttle to nothing in a spit second; it just jars a little bit. Now every metal album has at least one epic track that goes through more phases than a confused teenager and we have arrived at In Search Of Suns effort ‘To The Axe.’ Slow sections, quick sections, reflective moments, ear splitting guitars and equally fierce vocals, it’s all in here. This track isn’t as instant as the rest of the album and took me a few listens to really get a hold on it, but even then I can’t really fully warm to it. I don’t know why, there’s nothing massively wrong with it; it just seems to go through the motions and doesn’t grab you as much as the rest of the album does.
‘Skin’ continues the epic theme but the track connected with me in a way in which the previous one didn’t for whatever reason. To be honest the band score massive points purely for using a Wild West style harmonica on the intro. I mean when was the last time that you heard a harmonica on a metal record? The strong vocal takes up a prominent position early doors but this track is all about the guitar work. The solo is just awesome; it manages to be restrained while also being the focal point of the entire track. The epic all out finish isn’t bad either!
There isn’t a lot I can say about ‘Draw The Line’ which I haven’t said about other tracks. It’s another good album track and makes sure the album doesn’t just peter out towards a tame finish. It’s just another very very solid track. Closing effort ‘The Eyes Behind I’ throws together an aggressive vocal and light instrumental work for large sections and although it probably shouldn’t, it works really well. A barnstorming grandstand finish ensures the album goes out with a bang. Only now do you get to collect yourself, this is a ‘full on’ album if ever there was one.
The Word Is Yours is an absolutely incredible listen. The negatives I found and mentioned above are pretty minor and let’s be honest how many albums are actually perfect? It is very very hard to pick fault with this record, even the production is nigh on flawless. In Search Of Sun are a band on the rise… The world is indeed yours gentlemen.