Only six months after the release of their debut album Beyond the Sun, Sunwølf return with their sophomore release Midnight Moon which takes the band’s post metal sound and adds even more atmospherics to make the entire experience feel like a forty minute journey to the end of the world.
Despite being a two-piece outfit, Sunwølf haven’t allowed these limitations to inflict their music. Midnight Moon’s biggest addition is that of the bass guitar which gives the band a far more commanding sound. The bass thunders and rumbles under the guitar work and gives the entire release an edge that was missing on the band’s debut. While you could certainly appreciate the band’s music on Beyond the Sun, Midnight Moon actually offers sludgier moments that can only be appreciated with a good headbang and it’s all thanks to the addition of its’ bass-lines.
The biggest pull to Midnight Moon comes with conscious decision to showcase the band’s doomier music on the first side of the release and then their more experimental and atmospheric music on the second. As the first side lurches and growls to a close, the listener is then treated to Sunwølf’s much more ambient and thoughtful side. While these two sides to Sunwølf’s sound have been explored before, making them separate in this way genuinely helps the listener appreciate what the band are doing in a much more apparent way.
As mentioned before, Midnight Moon takes you on a journey. Sunwølf haven’t written an album here; this is a soundtrack to the greatest film you’ve never seen. The music weaves in and out of thudding, bleak riffery and into ambient, more peaceful moments that bring to mind images like the expansive landscape featured on the album’s cover.
May we remind you that this is also an instrumental record? This is hugely important as despite the lack of vocal hooks, Midnight Moon manages to keep you engaged for its’ entire running time. This is a testament to how brilliant yet minimalist Sunwølf’s music is.
There isn’t enough good things we can say about Sunwølf’s post metal magnum opus. Midnight Moon is a beautiful yet dark album that is full of gorgeous atmospherics and intricacies that make for a listening experience that is truly an experience.
Sunwølf’s Midnight Moon is available to pre-order now. The album is officially released April 10th.