Second Sun have been playing in and around the Fort for quite some time now, working out songs and getting a feel for what kind of band they want to be. They’ve also been performing at several regional music festivals and have taken home prizes from Emergenza, an international music competition. It’s probably safe to say that if you haven’t been out to see this band yet, you are truly missing something special.
All of the band’s hard work has come together in the form of their debut album, Testimony. The five-member band start things off with “Innocent,” a great choice for an opener, immediately grabbing your attention with its catchy chorus and Tool-esque vibe. It’s the rare song that gets in your head and just won’t leave. The progressive vibe of Tool and their close cousin, A Perfect Circle, are prevalent throughout the disc, with the title track, “Stale Life” and “Careless” being most notably influenced.
Second Sun show some other influences as well with the Seether-like “Noble Facade,” the nu-metal feel of “Give It Up” and the System of a Down-inspired chorus of “Justified.” Influences aside, this band can flat out rock. Vocalist Matt Clibon is as good a rock singer as you’ll find in the area, showing his versatility throughout this disc. Guitarists Mike Marting and Scott Lankenau drive the music to another level and deliver some killer riffs, while drummer Sean Rollins and bassist Steve Ahern provide solid rhythmic support. With Testimony, Second Sun have served notice that they are going to be a force in the Fort Wayne rock community for a long time. The band has already been getting attention from outside the area, so it’s possible that they may soon break out of the Fort and build a national presence soon enough. I wouldn’t bet against them, so as long as they are keep turning out discs as good as Testimony. (Chris Hupe)
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