I got to review Suncrown’s first album ‘Follow Your Dream’ last year and to be honest it didn’t do much for me as a listener. The music seemed lifeless and the singers didn’t really move me much. The band just didn’t sound like a band but several individuals who had each recorded their respective parts and then sent them in to a sound engineer who then pasted them all together. Which, as it turned out, is exactly what happened as the band members are located all over the world.
I understand in today’s world we have technology that allows people from anywhere in the world to make music and to collaborate with each other. I’m not knocking that but sometimes as a result it can make a band sound sterile and lifeless. This was one of the problems Suncrown faced and needed to overcome on their second effort ‘You Are Not Alone’.
The good news is Suncrown did indeed get a better sound on their second album here. Everyone sounds like they are working in the same room or recording studio and they sound more like a band now. The music is more robust and grabs the listener’s attention better and you get a better epic feel the band is going for. This is especially important for a band trying to be a symphonic metal band.
On the bad side of things, I’m still not a fan of the male singer. To me he just does not have a strong voice for the material here. He almost sounds like he can’t sing loud enough or lacks a very good vocal range. The female singer is also still an issue for me. She is an ok singer but also does not stand out like a symphonic singer should.
The songs themselves are ok as well. Musically they sound catchier than on the first album though I think they could still use a little work on being a bit more memorable but that is something that comes with time and practice.
Overall, ‘You Are Not Alone’ is a step in the right direction for Suncrown. Though there is still some issues that need addressed the band shows they can improve, which is a good sign of things to come.
Darren Crisp – Vocals
Oleg Biblyi – Keyboards
Juliana Furlani – Vocals
Sindre Flo Myskja – Solo and Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Ellerby – Guitar
Tim Zuidberg – Drums
Ederson Prado – Bass guitar
Ugur Kerem Cemiloglu – Flute