Sun Dial here reissue their 2012 album Mind Control, considering that it’s psychedelic strength is too mighty to waste on just one release. Fair enough, it is a pretty wild trip, your usual rock set-up being complemented with violin, mellotron, melodica etc. Two bonus tracks as well! CD on Sulatron.
6/10 Robin Staff review, 15 December 2015
Sun Dial did us the honour of numbing our minds back in 2012, employing ‘Mind Control’ to fulfil the whole Do What The Tin Says It’s Gonna Do Please mantra: behold riffs so constant it feels like no one’s really playing them, toned with the ancient bleakness of Om. And yet… there are a couple of uncanny additives: swirling ambience that sounds almost choral in “Mountain of Fire & Miracles”, a tape crackle interlude on “Burned In”, the discordant unwinding of the record’s motorik-missioned title track, and even a quasi-grunge acoustic cover of “In Every Home A Heartache”. Basically, they draw you in with the self-effacing hypnotism stuff, then make an album that’s a ‘lil bit psych and a lot of other things too.
Which isn't to say that they’re totally good -- versatility can mean you sound like the best metal band half the time and Creed the other half, which is actually definitely the premise at the heart of their cover of ”In Every Dream Home a Heartache” -- using one of the worst lyrics ever, of Roxy Music fame, as a centrepiece (“I blew up your body… but you blew my mind!”), they career into the kind of metal that feels parody, gnarling away with a Nickelback-gawn-kvlt vocal. Their best moments are when they let the doomy riffs speak, and even breathe, countering the more grizzly chords of “Last Rays of the Sun” with sweeter and prettier riffs alongside beaming sustained synth. I could listen to that kind of cheese forever; send me to the rapture with your cheese.
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