Space Metal Supernova - Sight of Theia Makes Their Mark with the Explosive "Red Sun EP"
Last month, Georgia Local Spotlight had the privilege of premiering Sight of Theia’s debut single, “Red Sun”, which first introduced listeners to the Atlanta power trio’s particular brand of instrumental prog - an imposing amalgamation of groovy sludge metal riffs, intricate and highly melodic unison runs, and anthemic guitar-driven hooks with the occasional tasteful electronic element thrown in for good measure. The track demonstrated that Sight of Theia is certainly a band to watch and watch closely. However, it proved to be only a sample of all that this formidable new local act has to offer.
Yesterday, on November 15th, Sight of Theia released The Red Sun EP. Consisting of four tracks (and none in excess of seven minutes), the record is as concise and approachable as it is complex and ambitious, managing to stir up pure gut-level excitement without sacrificing any of the heady, grandiose elements that set Sight of Theia - and progressive music in general - apart. Continuing to explore and expand on the heavier sounds that, together, made the EP’s titular lead single such a winner, but also embracing softer, more textural elements - particularly in moments like, say, the intro of the closing track, “Vidarift” - and always keeping their compositions interesting by placing a clear emphasis on dynamics and song structure, the three piece - which consists of guitarist Alex Buhlig, bassist Renzo Ruiz, and drummer Shiloh Bloodworth - packs quite a punch in The Red Sun EP’s less than twenty minute runtime.
Cosmic in scope and endearingly down-to-earth in execution - like watching a star explode through the lens of a telescope - The Red Sun EP is an outstanding record from an equally outstanding band. Sight of Theia shows incredible promise, and I look forward to hearing much, much more from them in the future.
Listen to The Red Sun EP on Bandcamp now, and be sure to follow the hyperlink at the beginning of this article to keep up with Sight of Theia on Facebook.
Album art by Emily Clare Fellows