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30 May 2011

[Review] Dala Sun - Sala Dun

Dala Sun - Sala Dun
Dala Sun stands for the full, hot-burning sun. And "Sala Dun", although it was released in December '10, is one of the most suitable soundtracks for the upcoming summer...



Dala Sun is a Greek band coming from Patra. At least for me, they popped up from nowhere with a killer debut which honestly kicked my head off.
The interesting part is that this is a totally DIY release. No labels, no record-stores, nothing commercial at all. They play, promote, share their music by themselves and only for this, they gained my respect.

Now let's pass to their music...Imagine yourself in the middle of a desert, a very hot summer day. Dala Sun's heavy riffs burn every inch of your skin like sun's rays while their downtuned bass lines hit you like summer's light wind mixed up with hot sand. Their stoner grooves vibrating your body as a herd of frenzy bisons approaching you. In normal conditions that would be at least torturing but when you get this feeling from tunes like these, then it's really awesome.

This album is as solid as it can be, it has the right sound and production and you definitely can't be bored to hear it again and again. Music is heavy and doomy but not monolithic in a Sleep-way. It has its up-tempo parts (which are plenty), sometimes in a southern hard rock way (see "Fuck It Away" or "My Girl My Time") and others in a punk one (see "Drunk"). They have also some heavy psych aspects in their sound but they're mainly in the feeling and not in songs' structure (see "Electric Magician").

Vocals are great too, sleepy and slothful but also pissed off when needed and the riffs coming in the right places when you're expecting to hear them. If I had to choose one track as record's highlight it would be "Saladun Theme" which summarizes everything Dala Sun is all about.

These guys definitely got talent in songwriting as well as performing their music with passion and soul. Their debut is a remarkable good record and they made me expect much more from them (I don't think I'll be disappointed). It surely would have been in my best records list for 2010 but I had the chance to hear it after year's change. For anyone who hasn't check it, make yourself a favor, listen to it and let the sun burn you...

Tracklist:
1. Black Karmageddon
2. I Have A Better Way
3. In Evil
4. Fuck It Away
5. Saladun Theme
6. Drunk
7. My Girl My Time
8. Electric Magician



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