Agents Of The Sun
Monarchs Of A Fallen Society
Company: DCide Records
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
I'm not really sure where an album like this fits into the grand scheme of metal things. It certainly doesn't have enough power or energy to really be classified as a metal album. I simply include it here based on the addictive melody and hard rock attitude put on display with the group's second album to date "Monarchs Of A Fallen Society". This Baltimore group really create corporate rock, or what is known as commercial modern rock by the folks at Clear Channel. I would imagine this sort of record is really what radio play is looking for. It won't please many strict hard rock fans or leather neck metal militia, but for the most part the album contains enough melodic charm to at least warrant a play or two, and in this particular case gets pops for keeping the most sincere "rock" feel to a pop influenced set of songs.
With cuts like "Wounds" and "Not Enough" there is enough catchy riffs and twin guitar melody to make it all seem like light hearted AOR or streamlined heavy metal. Obviously the vocals and production is very thin and overly "clean", leaning more towards the same vibe given by groups like Lifehouse and 3 Doors Down. With those bands I always enjoyed the soaring melodies from both singer and guitarists. Here that sort of formula is at work again, through twelve solid cuts of modern rock. Will it please the diehards? Most certainly not, in fact it may push them too far. Will it entertain the rock audiences? I'm sure of it.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.