Written by Guest Contributor Kimberly McGrath
Finally, Hundred Suns‘ much-awaited debut album, The Prestaliis, has arrived, released one week after Cory Brandan (Norma Jean), Ryan “Legs” Leger (Every Time I Die) and Chris LeMasters (Dead and Divine) kicked off their North American tour. This is exactly what their fan base has been waiting for since 2015. The August 11, 2017 release from New Damage records promises to satisfy with a familiar sound reminiscent of the early ‘00s, i.e. The Deftones, Lifehouse, Chevelle and 30 Seconds to Mars,. However, the sound in unmistakably their own, and this album can definitely stand up against those other well-known bands. Solemn and melodic anthems are heartfelt and belted sublimely from Brandan. Each track blends into the next as if a story were being told through angst-sung lyrics. The Prestaliis delivers just enough Post-Grunge, Rock and Metal to hit you hard right when you need it. This will be my next go to album when I am having a shitty day and need something heavy to pull me from the solitude of the hole I often sink into.
The 11 tracks are growing on me with each listen; “The Prestaliis I” echoes “we are the effigy” ensuing a heavier version in track 10 “The Prestaliis II.” “Fractional” pulled me in, and is a clear front-runner of the album. It reminds me of why I am so pissed off at my ex for pulling my chain for too many years. And though he will always screw me over time and again, this song reminds me not to believe his bullshit. It also reminds me of too many people who talk the talk, but never walk the walk. I listened to this while drinking a beer, and feel better about myself.
“Amaranthine” beautifully illustrates everyday life and just how dejected our world has become. We all want to be saved, yet we bury our pain and hide it or mask it with an escape mechanism. Cory Brandan pleads “What is this coming out of me? … Please save us from ourselves.” None of us can say that we have not been there. How many times I have felt like a “drugged out ghost” just floating through life looking for my own savior, only to find out we must be our own saviors. The message within this album is may also be summed up in the definition of “amaranthine:” The appellation is rooted in the Greek words amarantos, meaning “immortal” or “unfading,” and anthos, meaning “flower.” The word emerged as an adjective of the imaginary flower and subsequently of anything possessing its undying quality. The band recently announced that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of “Amaranthine” will go to THORN, an organization founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, devoted to the fight against child trafficking.
This album let me explore those dark places I like to keep tucked away and hidden; even the places I thought were long gone. (Nope, they are still there and it is good to visit them once in a while). The only way to deal with pain is through music. The Prestaliis is a soul cleansing on a dark and rainy day. The production of this album left just enough rawness for it to be enjoyable, and prompted me to check out some live clips from recent shows, which convinced me that seeing them live is a must. Lucky for me they are hitting my town in a few days. This is a must see, so check out the remaining dates below and experience Hundred Suns.
8/24/17 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
8/25/17 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
8/26/17 – St Catharines, ON @ The Warehouse