- Progressive Metalcore
For Fans Of:
- (later) Attack Attack!
- Asking Alexandria
- August Burns Red
Set The Sun is the debut EP from Texas Electronicore band Set The Sun (who later changed their name to The White Noise) released on May 31, 2011 .
(Front-Man David Southern performing in 2016)
Formed in 2009 by Clean Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist David Southern, and as of the making of this EP, the members consisted of:
- David Southern – Clean Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
- Nate Anderson – Unclean Vocals
- Arturo Pina – Lead Guitar
- Dakota Price – Bass, Backing Vocals
- Brandon Daniels – Keyboard, Synthesizer
- Alex Summers – Drums
Track 1: Peladophobia
Taking its name from the word for the fear of bald people, the songs begins with generic Metalcore chugging, as Anderson’s scream cuts straight through the instrumental, after the introduction of the drums and bass. As the verse begins, the chugging continues however Anderson is able to showcase his impressive mid-range false chords which develop a more guttural tone in the pre-chorus.
As most bands with a clean and unclean vocalist do, the chorus becomes borderline pop with the stereotypical, power chord over octave melody. However Southern’s vocals are leagues better than a majority of the bands who follow the “Beauty and the Beast” song formula, showing off his enormous belt as he sings of how “Golden statues will crumble at our feet. When we’re so sure that we’ve won everything.”.
The songs mellows into the bridge, with a clean toned guitar and a bass drum being the only instruments present, the ambiance is built upon as other instruments are introduced before the songs falls into the most generic of breakdowns.
Track 2: Mojo Groove
Personally, my favorite song on the EP, Mojo Groove begins with Southern’s clean vocals in front of an incredibly catchy drums line, before Anderson takes care of vocal duties which are cut short by a synth arpeggio by Daniels; breaking the song into its first verse.
No matter how generic this verse is, its hard not to love it, the mid-tempo energy instantly pumps you up before fading into Southern’s chorus (which is a repeat of the first half of the intro, however this time including a synth line following the drums), although in the second half of the chorus Southern’s voice becomes more nasally (leading to it sounding amateurish and immature).
The second verse is followed directly by a breakdown, picking up tempo as it progresses. Similar to the previous track however, a clean, ambient bridge follows before breaking into another generic breakdown.
Track 3: John Stokedton Vs The State Of Gnarnia
This track introduces the character of John Strokedton (who is expanded upon on a later stand-alone single The Ghost of John Strokedton) and his story of struggling with paranoia as he attempts to “Fall asleep at night, while demos watch from the corner of the room”. Additionally, this introduces a bit of a Progressive Metalcore edge into Set The Sun’s sound (similar to that of Architects).
The song begins with Anderson screaming “If you want the sky, get your feet off the ground!”, throughout the verse Daniels introduces a fading-in synth voice helping the song develop a cosmic, spacey feeling. This is extremely present on the pre-chorus breakdown, in which the synth takes center stage.
Southern tones down his belt in the chorus, making for a mellow and melodic yet still energetic atmosphere, which is torn apart by Anderson’s phenomenal mids into the second verse.
Once again, the bridge becomes atmospheric and ambient, including only an organ and Southern’s voice, becoming so mellow that he is borderline-whispering. Before the chugging outro kicks in on “Before I eat you alive”.
Track 4: D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F.
On the fourth track Set The Sun finally introduce an interesting lead guitar line, which is simple yet effective (which unfortunately is four tracks too late, as the rest of the album is made up completely of chugging, power chords, octaves and bland, mediocre lead guitar parts), however this line is also pushed into the background and only audible in the left ear.
Additionally, the lyrics on this track are mediocre at best, some lines feel meaningful, however those are drowned out by how a majority of the lines in this song are “Lost in the tide”.
This song, however, does include an infections lead line on the synths incorporating a spacey feel similar to that of the previous track.
Track 5: No Knives For Nathan
As the only single released off of this EP on April 10, 2011, this track feels the most unique. The song begins with two intertwining piano lines followed by a distorted drum line. Until feedback builds up into what is dubbed “The Generic Guitar Riff”, an interesting riff when first used by Death Metal fathers Death however has since been used by Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage and now Set The Sun. A basic play through of a minor scale on the fifth string while chugging on the sixth, including hammer-ons, pull offs and pinch harmonics.
Although (thankfully) the song retains its energy into the pre-chorus, using a basic yet insanely powerful drum line, harmonized by Southern’s highs (which could easily replace the verse).
Unfortunately, this song falls into the same tropes used on the rest of the album, with an ambient first-half-of-the-bridge falling into a generic breakdown.
Over all this EP is only slightly above average when it comes to Metalcore, instrumentation on vocals, synths and drums were phenomenal although were let down by the basic and generic guitar parts and practically inaudible bass. However seeing as the members were only around 19 as of the release of this album, that’s understandable.