A Thousand Suns - DestroyCreate
Record Label: None
Released: December 5, 2007
South Wales has recently become a major hotspot for rock bands in the UK, and A Thousand Suns are another name to add to that already-impressive list. After forming in 2006, DestroyCreate is their debut EP.
The edgy opener, “March of the Pigs,” is dark by name and equally dark in nature. Lyrically sound and masterfully performed with a thumping rhythm section, heavy-yet-melodic riffs and confident lead vocal, it is obvious that these guys mean business. This is an incredibly promising start. Similarities can be drawn to bands such as Hundred Reasons and InMe, with a vocal delivery which bears similarity to that of Lostprophets' Ian Watkins, and an immense sound which seems almost boundless.
“All I Wanted” combines the edginess of previous tracks with a surprisingly danceable instrumental opener which continues throughout the verse, before kicking back into an emotive power-rock chorus. And the other tracks don’t fail to disappoint either. It is bands like this that defy the validity of a skip button.
With an exuberant confidence, A Thousand Suns sound like they are ready to take on the world. And who can blame them? Judging by the quality of the material on DestroyCreate, it looks like this Welsh foursome could be a force to reckon with. The record conjures up an image of hundreds of voices screaming along, each word faithfully memorized. Without a doubt, with the right marketing push and a solid live performance, this vision will be a regular occurrence.
Combining depth and memorable hooks with sincere execution is no easy feat, but A Thousand Suns have made it sound just that easy. Yet another triumph for Wales, who have in recent years introduced us to big names such as Funeral For a Friend, Lostprophets and Bullet For My Valentine. With the right campaign, they could be the next big British band, and deservedly so. Bring it on.