Whalesong – „Radiance of a Thousand Suns”
Old Temple

Industrial metal has always been a misunderstood genre to most metalheads. When someone talks about “industrial metal”, people usually think about Rammstein, Marilyn Manson,White Zombie,Fear Factory or stuff like that. The metal community tends to ignore what can be found beyond those famous names, mostly because of prejudice.Nevertheless, if you look deeper into this genre, you’ll find some unbelievable stuff. A world of sick music you never imagined the existence. Bands like Ministry, Die Krupps, Misery Loves Co., Pitchshifter, Head of David, Godflesh and Whalesong.
Whalesong is back with new full length 2 CD album, „Radiance of a Thousand Suns”.The group led by Neithan, from the very beginning, drew heavily from the sounds of such genres as industrial, no wave or drone. Over time, the musicians forged their own style, in which you can find elements of sludge, jazz, noise rock and post punk.
In his music, Whalesong uses, in addition to traditional instruments such as gongs, cymbals, tubular bells, saxophone, theremin, vibraphone or accordion, various industrial objects, pieces of sheet metal, springs or … circular saws.
This isn’t just a simple album: this is the ultimate industrial manifest. Misanthropy, decadence and hatred for human race, a race on its knees because of religion, mind control, slavery and greed.
To get a good idea of how this album sounds, picture yourself in a rugged industrious area under a grey pale sky. You’re all alone and human life can only be found miles away from your location and you’re surrounded by buildings reaching towards the dull sky. It begins pouring rain and you’re left in the middle of this industrial area… that’s the vibe I get when I hear this album. It’s just so crestfallen to hear with the really distorted instruments and the very doomy beats.
This is the ugliest and bleakest form of industrial metal: no modern electronic effects, no danceable or easy-listening stuff; just a pounding drum machine, a gross and heavy bass and an extremely downtuned, dissonant and heavy guitar, which sounds like a cascade of carbon upon your head. Can you find me something more “industrial” than this?
The vibe of the music is extremely lo-fi and decadent, in the best 80s’ industrial vein. Each song is an assault to your psyche, where the rule is being as minimalistic as possible. The riffs are far from being complex, but they’re unexplainably intense and heavy, and the various dissonances/guitar feedbacks inherited from Killing Joke & co. contribute to make it all more disturbing and sick.
This is mostly slow music, but even for doom metal standards, it’s set apart from everything else. The drum machine sounds very heavy, “thorny”, insensitive and merciless. The rhythms are very atypical and creative for metal standards, yet so minimalistic and simple.Simplicity and creativity, both elements coexist perfectly, and this is a true sign of genius.
Beautiful… depressing… and genius…WHALESONG!

Among collaborators on the „Radiance of a Thousand Suns” are: Thor Harris (SWANS, Xiu Xiu, Wrekmeister Harmonies, The Angels of Light), Wacław Vogg Kiełtyka (Decapitated, Lux Occulta), Aleksander ‚Pope’ Papierz (Sigihl) and award-winning vibraphonist Tomasz Herisz.