September 2, 2015 Red Sun Rising – Polyester Zeal (Album Review)
Akron, Ohio, where Rock-n-Roll legends Black Keys, Devo, and Chrissie Hynde got started, now gives rise to the generation of rock-n-rollers in the band, Red Sun Rising. Founded in 2007, Red Sun Rising, which consists of Mike Protich on vocals and guitar, Ryan Williams on guitar, Tyler Valendza on guitar, Ricky Miller on bass and vocals, and Pat Gerasia on drums, worked tirelessly with the “do or die” work ethic they had become known for to break through to the scene in 2012 raising heads, gaining fans, and interest from labels with a new alternative while retaining and paying homage to their forefathers, sisters, and brothers in Rock with influences like: “Stone Temple Pilots, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Metallica, Soundgarden, The Beatles, Radiohead, Deftones, Muse, Foo Fighters, and lots of others that each of us listen to.” Fall 2014, Razor & Tie immediately signed the band after they attended a sold out show, and it was off to Los Angeles to work with famed producer, Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Seether), to bring Red Sun Rising’s debut album, Polyester Zeal, to fruition which dropped this past August 7th.
Polyester Zeal is an eleven-track mixed bag of Rock-n-Roll. Getting the album rolling is “Push.” Feedback brings in the track with slight shades of Seether’s “Remedy,” with a hyper tempo, and all guitars on deck exploding out of the gate; yet, shining individually as the guys sing about judgmental people, who do not seem to think the rules apply to them, conveyed with, “Shout out to everyone/Upon your finger cross/You’ll lie to anyone/Lie/Cheat/Full/Sin…” We only go once around this berg, so go for yours is the central theme of “Amnesia.” Slower than “Push,” but no less Rock-n-Roll, this anthemic track has a classic vibe reminiscent of The Beatles with harmonized guitars accompanied by Gerasia’s hard-hitting drums, enhanced by lyrics, “This is it/Your only one moment in time/Release your grip/Don’t trust your eyes/Take a breath/Life should be touched not choked to death.” The world’s introduction to Red Sun Rising was the single “The Otherside,” an anthemic, riff-laden piece once it gets going that tells of going through life’s pitfalls and tribulations as long as you come out on the other side, exhibited by, “Crawling through mud, what’s the difference/When you come out on the other side.” The hard-rocking “My Muse” bombards the senses with air-tight guitar play in this piece of watching a train wreck of a person and knowing them so well that regardless, they will make their own path, as told with,“And you’ll keep going back/And I know you will/Cause I know you well.”
The choppy intro heralds “Emotionless” with shades of 10 Years vocally as the guitars separate into their respective solos and riffs as the band sings of putting someone out of the other’s misery, sung, “You’ll feel nothing as I send your soul away/How long will you last/And how long will you stay/As guilty as I feel, I’m making you beautiful forever…” The power ballad “Blister” shows the slightly softer side to the band musically with lush guitars and sweeping drums headed by rich vocals that sing of the injustices of the world and the profitability of said injustices, displayed in the lyrics, “Cause there’s no end to this wicked world/As long as there’s blood on our hands.” Moving onto “Worlds Away,” the guys return to the classic Rock vibe with a catchy melody and hook reminiscent of Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” in this tune of wanting to slow time to truly enjoy the moments, told as, “Cause we’re not here for long/And we’re moving too fast…” A hypnotic bass hook brings in “Unnatural.” The rest of the band follows suit with a Queen-esque Rock Opera vibe only broken by some airy riffs and hard chorus while the band sings of a manipulator with only their life’s design in mind, expressed with, “You’re such a beautiful liar/But you make it feel so natural…”
Keeping the attention of their listeners, going full-bore Rock is “Awake,” a Funk-filled piece mixed with Hard Rock that melds fist pumping with lighter-raising melodies, this track seems to say that life is what it is, one can hide from it, or live it. Airiness heralds in “Bliss,” then, the cutting guitars start in with thundering drums as the guys reminisce on young ignorance of how the world truly works, sung as, “And I feel it sinking in/Yes I feel it sinking in/And I feel that my own bliss/Was pure ignorance.” Polyester Zeal comes to a close with “Imitation.” This track begins with a Funk bass line that quickly turns into a full-band Speed Metal anthem of always being yourself, commanding, “Be yourself/Or you kill yourself.”
For a debut record, Polyester Zeal is a mature look inside the minds of five talented artists individually and collectively. As “Amnesia” says, “Life should be touched not choked to death,” and with Polyester Zeal, Red Sun Rising is taking life by the horns, and running with it. The band will be on tour in support of Polyester Zeal through November so pick up the album and check them out live. CrypticRock gives Polyester Zeal 5 out of 5 stars.