One could be forgiven for assuming Hundred Suns would sound like a hardcore powerhouse given the list of bands their members have played with, but their sound is far from it. Instead, the collaborative group — consisting of Norma Jean vocalist Cory Brandan, former Every Time I Die drummer Ryan Leger and Chris LeMasters of now disbanded post-hardcore group Dead and Divine — carefully craft dreamy, down-low alt-metal reminiscent of bands like Deftones or A Perfect Circle.
Their debut album, The Prestaliis, has some of the qualities of the member's other bands, while still establishing a sound of its own. Tracks such as "Bedburner" and "Last Apology" sound like they could have been included on Norma Jean's melody-driven The Anti-Mother, while the down-tuned guitar chugs recall LeMaster's work in Dead and Divine. Fans of Every Time I Die shouldn't go into this album expecting the aggression from Leger's work with the band, but his acrobatic drumming adds a colourful dynamic to each song, and turns what could have been dull moments into highlights.
Although it took the band more than a few years to get from the writing stage to releasing this debut, it was well worth the wait. The Prestaliis is a catchy, melodic record intertwined with hints of aggression that evoke the member's influences while forming a unique take on alternative metal. (New Damage)