There’s nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. The walls around Sun & Flesh are closing in around them and us both in their new single “Hell is People” and its music video, but for whatever reason, the lyrics and, more specifically, how they’re delivered unto us suggest nothing but calmness among the players in this heavy rock unit. They’re not just unafraid of the apocalyptic sound the instrumentation is yielding in this track – they’re downright swaggering in every beat, every word and every stitch of distorted melodic ferocity they allow to come spilling out of the speakers and into the air around us.
The sway of the percussion in the backdrop, particularly during the chorus, has a nauseating effect when trying to isolate the bass part in this song from the guitars, vocal and drums, but I think this feature was deliberately constructed by Sun & Flesh.
They want us to feel the pain of isolation, the sting of loneliness and the suffocating sense of desperation that comes with being completely cut off from the mainstream pulse of society here, and through their organic efforts, they manage to pull this off and a whole lot more.
“Hell is People” comes to an abrasive and abrupt conclusion, smashing into a brick wall like a car skidding off of the highway and bursting into flames. In its wake, it leaves behind a listener in this critic that has a lot more respect for what the metal underground is conjuring up in 2020, even with the many critical challenges they’ve faced in the past couple of decades. The rebellion of the genre is alive and well in this band, who I plan on listening out for a lot more frequently than I was before this release because of the strength of their latest work.