"Zorya", the 2nd album by Sunnata is a monolithic, psychedelic doom record that blends stoner, sludge and grunge elements too. Buy the album: https://sunnataofficial.bandcamp.com/album/zorya
0:00:00 – Beasts Of Prey
0:11:57 – Zorya
0:20:35 – Long Gone
0:30:33 – New Horizon
0:40:32 – Again and Against
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Sunnata in sanksrit means emptiness, voidness. ‘Zorya’ by Sunnata is an unique blend of psychedelic doom metal and stoner with huge influneces from the grunge / post grunge music. Often compared to bands like Tool, Alice in Chains, Om or even industrial metal bands like Godflesh, Sunnata walks their own path. Their music is a soundscape, where noise crossfade clearness – where walls of guitar fuzz, delay and reverb confront the monolith of absolute silence. A true dark ritual music experience.
Known from immersive live performances, Sunnata opened for Mastodon, Sleep, The Sword, Rotting Christ or Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, bringing the void to audience since 2014.
"When it comes to stoner rock and its mixture with sludge, you do get a lot of space exploration, desert-like sceneries and drunken grooves. At least from most bands around, and even though such aspects exist in big part on Sunnata’s sophomore record, Zorya, there is always an underlying factor filled with ritualism and darkness. The spacey attitude does not lean just towards dreamlike quality alone, but also to a ceremonial-like approach, with moments such as “Long Gone” and the more peaceful parts of “New Horizon” pointing towards that direction.
Still, as sludge is used to showcase the extremity that Sunnata are able to produce, so are space themes used in order to enhance the explorative nature of the albums. Ranging from simply spacious parts to absolute psychedelia, Zorya travels through alien-like moments in “Beasts of Prey” to the engaging psychedelic melodies of “Long Gone” and everything that exists in between, creating an additional dimension of their sound.
Stoner rock is a genre in which it is fairly easy to be pigeonholed. Most bands out there do not make the right moves in further exploring their sound. Sunnata, even though they do not seem to contain that many diverse influences, and follow faithfully the elements of stoner in the inclusion of sludge and psychedelia, are able to create an album that might be as psychedelic and heavy as any other stoner rock record out there, but is also capable of giving a darker, ritualistic tone. As catchy as stoner rock, but definitely more sombre. It will be interesting to see where they go from here."
Author: Spyros / cvltnation.com