GLS First Listen: The Exclusive Premier of Sight of Theia's "Red Sun"
If I’ve said it once, I have quite likely said it a thousand times; Atlanta boasts one of the finest progressive scenes in the country. I am immensely proud to have met and worked with a great number of truly top-notch local prog acts over the years, and each time I get the chance to add a new band/artist to that list, it’s a real joy. So I was, naturally, thrilled to hear from Alex Buhlig, the guitarist of an up-and-coming power trio called Sight of Theia, who requested that I give “Red Sun”, the lead single and title track from the band’s forthcoming debut EP, a listen well in advance of its official release.
From the very start, I was floored. In the world of progressive metal, it’s rare to hear a record that really just grooves. And “Red Sun” absolutely does. It connects on a primal level, built around massive unison riffs that call to mind the best of Iron Maiden and Mastodon, and the track’s unabashedly raw production brings it down to earth in a way that only adds to its innate accessibility.
When asked about the single, Buhlig had this to say:
“Red Sun is our take on a metal song, we wanted something that started out aggressive and only got more intense. While the rest of the Red Sun EP ebbs and flows through some of our post metal and stoner rock influences, ‘Red Sun’ is all about our metal roots.”
Barreling through breakneck changes of time signature and brimming with driving melodies, “Red Sun” is an epic instrumental juggernaut - one which heralds the arrival of a powerful new force in the local scene. And it’s a great honor to get to share the song with GLS readers before it drops anywhere else.
Give “Red Sun” a listen below, and make sure you download a copy tomorrow, October 12th, when it officially drops.