Although (Lafayette) based Metal band Vertigo Sun has been around since '96, Guitarist Dustin Boatman’s creative vision didn't start to take shape until recruiting vocalist Kyle Roberts in September of '99. After a few lineup changes in the up-coming...
Although (Lafayette) based Metal band Vertigo Sun has been around since '96, Guitarist Dustin Boatman’s creative vision didn't start to take shape until recruiting vocalist Kyle Roberts in September of '99. After a few lineup changes in the up-coming year, the band finally settled on a permanent drummer with Jason Cavallaro. Jason, at the time a section leader of UL-Lafayette drum line and who had recently toured nationally with The Blue Knights drum and bugle corps, walked into the rehearsal space and played just a few minutes of a song and the band knew he was the guy. In 2002, VS went into the studio to record their self titled EP, with Rick Lagneaux of (Totally Swamped Records). Although the band was still very young in their songwriting, the self-titled album sold well locally and produced fan favorites such as, “Self-Inflicted”, “Not like You” &“What’s the Odds?”(..which was ranked number 4 out of 12,000 other metal songs on garageband.com in July of 2002). In 2003, Vertigo Sun headed to Los Angeles, California to record “The Cutting Purpose”. Roy Mayorga (formerly of Soulfly) mixed the record with the help of Blake Plonsky (ex-Amen, New Dead Radio) engineering and producing it at Under City Studios (North Hollywood) owned by Baron Bodnar (MEDIASKARE). Although it wasn’t officially released, it showed a much more mature, heavier sound and produced blistering songs such as “Blood water”, “Town Hero” & “Inside (cliché)”. With the songs getting heavier and more layered, the band decided to take on a second guitarist and Eric Dooley was added in 2004. Meanwhile, the song “Inside” caught the attention of Danny Broussard (Set X Records) and was featured on a few compilation cd's distributed in South East Texas, which landed the band an indie record deal with Set X Records. In 2005, Vertigo Sun went into the Control Room (Nederland Texas) to record the 7 song e.p. “A Dirge for the Weak”; released to rave reviews. The album showcased the band's songwriting ability, Kyle Robert's from the heart vocal approach, and the unrelenting groove that has made VS stand out in a scene of cookie cutter bands. After extensive touring in the South, the band returned to the studio in 2007 to record four new songs. After hearing the quality of the unfinished product, Danny Broussard decided the band was ready to have a full length album. The label added the strongest songs from "Dirge" to this new session and “The Recoil of Control” was born. This twelve track full length album included solid songs from the "Dirge" e.p. such as: “LiveStrong”, “War I Am”, and “Place Called Hell”, as well as brand new tracks like: “Aces & Eights”, “Towards the end”, “Chicago Typewriter”, & “Plan B”. VS also teamed up with Director David “Stitchez” Anthony of Ocular Intrusions Film and photography (Solution no.13 productions) to make a video for the song “Plan B”. With limited label support and promotion the band still managed to sell well into the thousands of "The Recoil of Control", and the bands online fan base grew bigger by the day. During this period, the band played hundreds of shows a year with almost no outside support or financing, all the while every member working day jobs. The band has shared the stage with national bands such as: All Shall Perish, In This Moment, Car Bomb, Too Pure To Die, Cephalic Carnage, Goat Whore, Soilent Green, Winter Solstice, Black Light Burns, Five Finger Death Punch, The Dog and Pony show, Suicide Silence, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Deadboy & the Elephant Men, New Dead Radio, & Exhumed as well as headlining hundreds of shows in front of packed houses. But after years and years of roughing it in the underground metal scene and the physical abuse from an intense live show, the band went on hiatus for most of 2008
Vertigo Sun!!! by DDDD The Recoil Of ControlVertigo Sun have a lot of endorsements and awhole heap of followers and its not really hard to see why when I have the bone crunching "The Recoil Of Control" blasting out of my...
Recoil of Control by E-Metal Review VERTIGO SUN - "The recoil of controlIf Hatebreed and Machine Head's tour buses got into a head-on collision, the resulting metal on metal symphony would resemble Vertigo Sun's new album, "The...
Vertigo Sun!!! by DDDD The Recoil Of Control
Vertigo Sun have a lot of endorsements and awhole heap of followers and its not really hard to see why when I have the bone crunching "The Recoil Of Control" blasting out of my CD player with it's high velocity thrashing riffs and sporadic drumming that will leave you on the edge of your seat and begging for more!! This is Metal-core at its very best, utilizing such talents as pure and aggressive vocals and guitar and bass play that could melt steel!! Not only that but tunes are catchy and packed with some top class head banging moments. Vertigo Suns are a band who know how to entertain and they have certainly entertained me. Pick up "The Recoil Of Control", for as you listen to sledgehammer blow sledgehammer blow of molten rock riffs, its a choice you won't regret!!
Recoil of Control by E-Metal Review VERTIGO SUN - "The recoil of control
If Hatebreed and Machine Head's tour buses got into a head-on collision, the resulting metal on metal symphony would resemble Vertigo Sun's new album, "The Recoil of Control." A hardcore act from where there are nothing but cover bands and variety bands (Lafayette, Louisiana), Vertigo Sun managed to spit out one hell of an emotionally charged album. "The Recoil of Control" exudes a soul deep wound that transfered flawlessly from paper to sound in a way that would make any emo faggot within earshot shit themselves in fear! Every song on this album bleeds with feeling and is executed in perfect cadence with it's corresponding moral (Like in the song Plan B; always have your eye on another chick. Ya know, just incase.) Instrumentally it's all done by the books. A groove laden guitar scheme coupled with vocal chord snapping screams rounds out this metal masterpiece. So to all hardcore fans; do yourselves a favor and pick up this album!
Bottom Line: A Hardcore masterpiece through and through! - CS :)
A dirge for the Weak by Ginnie Moon Vertigo Sun remind me of the early days of Biohazard; a sound I've always adored. What's amazing about Vertigo Sun though is they take that cocky streetfist attitude and add a big fat wall of Louisiana sludge. If your head isn't popping and your fist isn't pumping, how's it feel to be a zombie, anyway?
The disc starts out with a real barn burner called "War I Am". Full tilt metal jacket boogie. Deep growling vocals and buzzsaw pulverizing guitars, bass, and drums. There's a little Rage Against The Machine feel to the groove in places. "War I Am" breaks straight into a completely mental "Live Strong". While the song is pure metal mayhem, the lyrics point to a relationship that's going through the sorts of trials that tend to make or break people. It's refreshing to hear music this hard, deal with day to day emotions in a way that is neither preachy nor whining.
Fatal Recognition" also deals with "life stuff", but in a way that really gets the anger moving. Cheap therapy, man. Dig it! Fantastic work between drummer Jason Cavallaro and bassist Tara "Soop" Miller on this song. What a swamp of fury!
A Moment In Time" contains some gorgeous interludes and ends on a rather somber note, just long enough so you can catch your breath and be punched in the face by "Of Sound Mind". The song progression on the disc is smooth, and leads me to the sense that I could listen to this on repeat for days. I hate when bands don't pay any attention to how songs sound next to each other, and how music should move like a journey on an album. Vertigo Sun seem to understand this inherently.
Place Called Hell" is a beauty. Puts me in mind of Slayer here and there. It's that Louisiana sludge thing, and again, fantastic musicianship. Everything's tight, and the effect is maniacal. Dustin Boatman and Eric Dooley's guitars just crunch your head right off! Kyle Roberts vocals are crazy beautiful here. I bet the pit goes nuts on this one!
The disc ends with "In All Candor" which makes me grin like a Cheshire. Talk about making the pit go nuts. This thing must blow the roof off! It's the sort of song that's so angry and so truthful you just find yourself with your lips in a snarl after you're done listening to it.
All in all, this disc is a massively pleasant experience to those who enjoy a good beating. I feel clean now. Thank you, Vertigo Sun.
March 17, 2006
By Ginnie Moon
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