The video itself seems like the offspring of Pink Floyd and Alice In Chains but deeper than either along with solos that put both to utter shame on all instruments.

Washington metal prodigies Sin Circus recently released their latest single, “Light Years Away.” At first listen, it seems to be about homesickness or loss and almost seems to carry a “break up” kind of vibe. There the similarities end to traditional metal ballads.

The video itself seems like the offspring of Pink Floyd and Alice In Chains but deeper than either along with solos that put both to utter shame on all instruments. Their own description compares the song to Pink Floyd and The Eagles but I would say definitively that the power behind that song is more in line with “Would?” than “Life In The Fast Lane”. Don Henley wishes he had these guitar chops!

“Light Years Away” has some of the best singing Sin Circus has ever done with a very Lane Staley vibe to it. They take it right out to the edge of vocal fry but not quite. The effect is very powerful and emotion-laden. The drumming during the interlude also appears to be keeping multiple time signatures, very Mike Portnoy and very impressive. The bass playing bouncing between the drums’ time signature and that of the guitar riff is also impressive and as a band, super hard to pull off properly! Sin Circus has definitely matured their sound and know how to show off without it detracting in the slightest from the music itself. Finally, the outro solos are the perfect trade off, one soulful and raunchy, the other technical and showy. Sweeps, taps, triplet trills, reverse trills and capping it all off with a harmonized solo a la Iron Maiden.

“Light Years Away” can take you on a musical journey by the music alone, not needing fancy camera angles, umpteen locations and huge sets to distract from the song itself.  The video all ties in as a sort of storyline within the song which makes it that much better.

Check out Sin Circus and give them a listen. Crank up the volume! \m/

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