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40 WATT SUN
THE INSIDE ROOM
METAL BLADE

THE INSIDE ROOM is the debut from UK trio 40 Watt Sun. This squad of seasoned musician’s five-track excursion yields a passionate and brooding display of deliberately-paced doom metal despair with a touch of shimmering metalgaze in its reserve, creating an unusual radiance to remain constant throughout the otherwise ominous atmosphere set by the tonally-crushing instruments. The vocals from bandleader and ex-Warning member Patrick Walker here are also very different than the accustomed raspy growl or expected belligerent bellow normally utilized, as Walker sings with stark clarity and a heartbreaking apprehension, allowing songs like “Between Times” to take a radical departure without losing the music’s inherent depressiveness (“This Alone”). Gloomy and oppressive yet curiously contagious, 40 Watt Sun have crafted a wistfully heavy journey with universal appeal.
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