The Sonic Revolvers: Suns of Mercury – ep review
The Sonic Revolvers show off a heavy yet clean modern rock sound with their new EP, Adrian Bloxham listened to it for us.
Sorry, I didnât have this quite loud enough. Letâs see, eleven, there we go. This is British Heavy Rock of the Twenty Tens, precise basslines, crunchy guitar riffs, clear and clean drums and riffs aplenty with a clear and throaty vocal. It needs to be loud, it needs to be hard, and it is. Sonic Revolver have whatever it needs by the bucket load. For me, this sounded a bit too clear and a bit too clean, but then I hark back to the early eighties when metal and rock was delivered by builders in spandex, you knew where you stood then, usually next to someone else wearing a patched denim jacket.
These five tracks are a fine collection, the intention was not to release an EP but itâs come out as a thank you to the fans that have followed them and supported the band since their album came out in 2011. They have a definite political agenda, something not inherent in the heavy rock genre but a refreshing change. They advocate political uprising and peaceful protest and if they get that message across to a new section of music fans it can only be a good thing.
The music goes from straight ahead hard rock opener âGunshotâ to the funkier rock of âPlastic Rockâ, to the slow balladry and emotion of my favourite track on the EP, âFeverglassâ. âSunset Bridgeâ is slower and more powerful. The last track âMarch of a Millionâ is again head down and heavy. All great songs.
They make music for the edge of the metal and punk crowds, the ones who want a little more melody with their guitars and could easily make the crossover into daytime radio and get their ideas across to many more new fans, which must be what any idealist wants. This is a glass raised high in a toast to their fans and a step towards the future, letâs see what comes next. Now letâs see if this will go any louder…
Words by Adrian Bloxham. More writing by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.