The Black is a reissue of the Blackbound (2016) album, which was re-recorded to add vocals, among several other enhancements.
A drum playthrough video for The Black album track “Chokk Kapper,” featuring Theodor Borovsky, can be viewed at this location.
“Second to Sun have come up with something that’s truly captivating.”
– Dead Rhetoric
“‘The Black’ is a very complex album combining many different elements into one highly atmospheric, emotional and coherent sonic form which shines right because of its refined versatility.”
– Guitar Sphere
“…modern, crushing take on blackened death with the dark, somber and melodic influences and is well worth the listen as it’s a captivating and thoroughly interesting record with something for pretty much every heavy persuasion.”
– Overdrive Music Magazine
“This is quite impressive. A stunning piece of work filled with lush soundscapes and bleak moods, but also darkness.”
“Melodic, symphonic, blackened, groove deathcore? Imagine what a mix of Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, At the Gates, Anaal Nathrakh, In Flames, and Dark Tranquillity might sound like – Second to Sun are all of this and more.”
– Wonderbox Metal
“The Black is insanely good; it is original, it has song structures that most bands would be jealous of and it contains no fillers whatsoever.”
– Rocking Charts
“The disc offers an interesting mix of various metal genres, which are initially difficult to imagine in their constellation and yet form a sonorous symbiosis in the end.”
“Mixing in a heavy dose of groove metal set against a grim dissonant backing, Second to Sun have created a distinctive sound on ‘The Black’ that sets them apart from black metal purists while still retaining an oppressively darkened atmosphere.”
– Metal Horizons
“Another mighty band from the awesome Russian underground scene. 10 songs of melodic post black metal with some groove metal influences. Really dark and dismal.”
– Kraykulla Webzine
“The main difference between The Black and its predecessor Blackbound is that Blackbound draws pictures, but The Black immerses you in them.”
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