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The Moment of Truth

by The Fifth Sun

Catchy Aggressive Melodic Intelligent Tribal Death
Genre: Metal/Punk: Death Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Upholding the Sacred Truth
3:05 $0.99
2. Waste of Skin
3:56 $0.99
3. Burn the Flag
4:35 $0.99
4. The Naturalist
5:19 $0.99
5. Pour Forth the Melody
4:37 $0.99
6. Acheiving States of Spite and Malice
6:58 $0.99
7. Our Heads Collide
4:06 $0.99
8. The Moment of Truth
3:47 $0.99
9. Mothra
1:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
THE FIFTH SUN: -Bryan Horn: Vocals/Guitar- Shawn Mattila: Guitar- Brad Geroy: Bass- Patrik J Sten: Drums and Percussion

A question, per chance... How in the hell does an unsigned band travel halfway around the world to record 2 albums in the span of 3 years?

How is it possible that this same unsigned band managed to be the first American band to record at the now infamous Studio Fredman?

Hard work, dedication, devotion, and determination for starters...

With roots stretching back to 1991 and the inspiration of Bay Area thrash, Floridian death metal, and early European thrash/death metal; The Fifth Sun began its journey out of the remote north of Minnesota...

10 long years after their humble beginnings, The Fifth Sun recorded their first full-length album, 'The Moment of Truth', in May of 2001 at Studio Fredman in Göteborg, Sverige.

The band released 'The Moment Of Truth', independently, as no suitable label deal could be found. Ultimately, as a sign of things to come, the album garnered rave reviews from the metal press around the world.

Without ever placing one promotional ad, the album sold over 1700 copies by word of mouth alone, and earned The Fifth Sun heavy rotation on college radio stations, charting up to #36 on FMQB's weekly metal charts and holding down Top 10 positions in many diverse markets.

With songs like, 'Upholding the Sacred Truth', the volatile 'Burn the Flag', and the title track, 'The Moment of Truth', the debut album only hinted at the huge potential of the band...

Fast-forward to the present... Defying the odds again, the band trekked back to Sweden in May/June of 2004 to record their second album, 'The Hunger to Survive.' Featuring monster drumming, courtesy of new drummer, Patrik J Sten (Passenger/Kerozene, ex-Transport League), and an overwhelming sense of do or die attitude, 'The Hunger to Survive' showcases a band that have truly come into their own. Soul gripping, mind-expanding heaviness, power, and aggression; all executed with passion and conviction.

With tracks like 'Nameless,' 'Ulterior Motives,' 'Meaning in the Movements,' and 'The Hunger to Survive,' The Fifth Sun has proved once again, that with or without a record label, they are a band on a mission.



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Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles-Canada

Recorded at Studio Fredman with legendary producer Fredrik Nordström, it comes as no surprise that the sound quality of this self-financed debut is top-notch. What really makes The Fifth Sun rise above the death metal competition is the truly remarkable musical skills and songwriting displayed. Executed with the fury and passion of hungry newcomers, yet combined with the maturity you could only expect from seasoned veterans like Arch Enemy, Loudblast and Edge of Sanity. Incidentally, Bryan Horn's death growl is very similar to Dan Swano's lower register. Deadly riffs, melodic solos and a pounding rhythm section that can easily compete with the best European death metal acts. Surprisingly enough, The Fifth Sun is an American band, which makes this release somewhat special. Favorite highlights include 'Upholding the Sacred truth’,’ Burn the Flag', 'The Naturalist' and the title track which includes a rippin' guitar solo from Mr. Nordström himself! 8.5/10


Um, why is The Fifth Sun not signed yet? That is the question that I will be asking myself for the earlier part of this new year. Really, it just seems like a crime that this American death metal band (influenced heavily by the Swedish metal music scene) has no deal. It'll only be time before labels are knocking on their door. I can
only hope. Anyway, from all of the independent records I have reviewed this issue, The Fifth Sun's 'The Moment Of Truth' is easily the best one, chock full of strong vocals, fast driving death metal riffs and an awesome production, thanks in part to the band traveling all the fucking way to Sweden to record in Studio Fredman with famed metal producer Fredrik Nordström. Man, talk about wanting the best. And from all of this hard work, the music just rages track after track after track, rarely letting up the momentum. Great moments include "Waste of Skin," the volatile "Burn the Flag" and the wickedly assembled (and heaviest track) "Achieving States of Spite and Malice." I think singer Bryan Horn best sums up the experience of
The Fifth Sun's music when he screams, 'I've got nothing but a fist for you!' It just sounds so evil, so menacing, and so METAL! Highly recommended! 9/10

Rip N' Tear-Canada

Hailing from Northern Minnesota, The Fifth Sun may very well be the band most famous unsigned band in the world right now. Much like the blizzards one must endure if living in the pseudo-Scandinavian state, Bryan Horn (vocals, guitar) and his band of intelligent death merchants has created a stirring frenzy of praise and adulation from metal lovers across the globe. What is everyone so excited about? Just the best death metal album you've never heard, that's what. How this unknown band managed to scrape up the cash to fly themselves to Sweden and record under the production of none other then Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, The Haunted) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg is hard to fathom. Thank god they were so determined however, because songs like "Waste of Skin" and "Achieving States of Spite and Malice" are here to rip your face off and intrigue you at the same time. Only the late, great Death were this adept at creating intelligent death metal and The Fifth Sun have obviously been paying attention to the masters. Record labels should be scrambling to sign this band as they are the future of American death. 10/10

Metal Review

Production 5/6
Songwriting 5/6
Musicianship 5/6
Now this band has dedication. The Fifth Sun financed their own trip to Gothenburg, Sweden to self release their own CD which was produced by the one and only Fredrik Nordström, known best for his work with such bands as In Flames and The Haunted. The fact that they were able to do this really shows because this is some of the best production I've heard on a self-released album. From the frozen tundra's of Bemidji Minnesota, The Fifth Sun hurls their frozen axe deep into the heart of American Death Metal. Simply put, this album is just plain heavy. Amidst all the heaviness are some powerful grooves and great melodies, not to mention some notable solos (a few compliments of Fredrik himself). The Moment of Truth is a great showcase of strong songwriting and killer musicianship. The album occasionally gives off a really cool old-school vibe, but is still very original and refreshing. Bryan Horn's growling vocals will grab you right off the bat and combined with his guitar skills and those of Shawn Mattila you're in for a ride of crushing death riffs that will have you breaking out the air guitar in no time. This is probably the best unsigned band that I've come across in my time here at Metal Review. How this band slipped through the cracks and was unable to achieve a record label thus far is beyond me, and is just plain wrong. Compared to a lot of the mediocrity flooding the scene, The Fifth Sun is a nice change of pace and should not be overlooked by any avid metal listener. This is a very worthy addition to your metal collection.

Digital Metal

Ok, now this is very, very cool. The Fifth Sun hails from the United States and has a super tight grasp of European death metal. Comparisons to In Flames and Dark Tranquillity will no doubt ensue, especially after seeing that the band co-produced The Moment Of Truth with Fredrik Nordström at the now legendary Studio Fredman. Well, let me say that I too heard some similarity. But where the aforementioned bands have moved into more modern, melodic territory, The Fifth Sun has kept it heavy and aggressive. Not to say that In Flames and the like aren’t heavy, but The Fifth Sun seems to have certain ferocity, or at the very least, a more "serious" feel about them. Ok, I’m digging a hole here I may not be able to climb out of. Forget about comparing The Fifth Sun to anyone, the band is a monstrous, well-oiled machine loaded with lead-heavy crunch riffing, growling, pissed-off vocals, and driving drums all blended together with super-clean production. The songs here are very melodic, while retaining a good amount of brutality. The dynamics within the songs are superbly executed so as to make it appear all too easy. But rest assured this is not your average death metal. There is a good amount of time and tempo changes and a wide variety of riffing styles from slow and chugging to fast and furious. "Achieving States of Spite and Malice", my favorite track on the record, is a prime example of my claims. Vocally, the singer chose a low, guttural, yet decipherable delivery that works very well with the tight riffs and clean sonics. Lyrically, the band chose themes of life, freedom, spirituality and strength. I have to say it was quite refreshing to see these types of lyrics as opposed to ultra-violent themes or inexplicable poetic musings. For my money, I’d say that The Fifth Sun has all the necessary elements to make a huge dent in the scene. But don’t take my word for it. Or, rather, do take my word for it and pick up The Moment Of Truth.

Pull the Chain-Belgium

Another melodic death metal release and what a fantastic surprise this is. The Fifth Sun appears to be at first listen just another Swedish death metal act that records its album at the cult Fredman studio with Fredrik Nordström. First of all, The Fifth Sun comes from the United States and above all, even if they play European death metal with an important melodic undertone, this band is astonishingly versatile. There is more power and more heaviness contained in the music recorded here than you’d ever expect from the majority of melodic death metal bands. This four piece are astonishingly versatile and there is more power, more heaviness on the music recorded here than you’d ever expect from the majority of melodic death metal bands. Catchiness doesn’t really come from the traditional guitar battles (even if the band loves its guitar harmonies, which adds to the impact of the songs), but mainly from the way songs are constructed and structured. It eventually doesn’t sound Swedish or Scandinavian, it’s just intense melodic death metal. The Fifth Sun delivers an exciting barrage of well-balanced death metal that really deserves a record deal.

Metal Archives

Ok all you melodic death metal loving bastards...get ready to reach down and hold your precious reproductive sacs because you are likely to have them torn off when this cd finds its way into your cd player. The Fifth Sun are all incredibly focused death metal musicians. The heavy guitar riffs and hooks can be equally catchy or aggressive, and seem to be more rhythm based, rather than drift off into tortuous leads. This works perfectly with the drums. The vocals are great. Deep and low death vocals, which I personally enjoy in melodic death, and all the vocals are quite clear and easy to hear, rarely does the singer fumble with his growling. Great production too. Even though these guys are from the United States they have a firm (and heavy) grasp on the whole Swedish death metal thing.
They could be compared to other band like Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, or even Amon Amarth, but The Fifth Sun don’t deserve to be put up against other bands, they are strong enough (and heavy enough) to stand on their own...besides, this album is only their debut! The effort put into this album (traveling to Studio Fredman and such), shows they obviously have high aspirations. Enough reviewing, go get this album. Now excuse me while I break out the air guitar and listen to The Moment of Truth some more.

Punishment Magazine-Sweden

Here the word dedication suddenly gets a whole new meaning, all hails to THE FIFTH SUN!! Imagine an American band that for their own money goes all the way to Sweden to record their self-financed album “The Moment Of Truth” (9/38:10/13US$)! The Fredman production naturally equals a great sound, I'm a sucker for the Fredman sound, and The Fifth Suns slightly melodic, groovy death metal with an early nineties sound fits the production perfectly. Personally I came to think about bands like Edge of Sanity, in their mid-paced moments, a dash of later Hypocrisy and perhaps a slight English touch. All in a mid-paced, catchy death/thrash hybrid including all the necessary ingredients of a band desperately deserving a label-deal. If the next album is self-financed I’ll surely pee in my hat, splendid stuff!!

Vampire Magazine-The Netherlands

-"According to the Maya, Aztec and other native tribes, the world has been created and destroyed four previous times, we currently are residing in the fifth and final age, basking in the light of The Fifth Sun". Already in 1991 the band THE FIFTH SUN was founded amidst the frozen forests of northern Minnesota, but it took until 2001 before a debut record was recorded. As a sign of their persistence, dedication and ambition, the band flew all the way from the USA to the renowned Fredman Studio in Sweden to record this debut album, The Moment Of Truth, with top producer Fredrik Nordström. Just as many customers of Studio Fredman (such as ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and IN FLAMES), the musical style of THE FIFTH SUN is what we call Death Metal with a big melodic undertone. But unlike the bands of the so-called Gothenburg scene, these Americans focus not so much on melody, but rather on intensity and power. Of course melody plays a crucial role in their sound, but THE FIFTH SUN use a subtle kind, woven through the powerful structures of the eight tracks (not including the bonus track on the DIGI-pack) on The Moment Of Truth. I can’t help to make a comparison with the Swedish Vikings of AMON AMARTH, also because the vocals of Bryan Horn remind me of the vocals of Johan Hegg on The Avenger and The Crusher. The Americans also manage to blend power and melody to a fantastic mixture, just like aforementioned Swedes. I know it’s a rather dangerous comparison, because AMON AMARTH has by now earned their credits in the Metal world, and who has heard of THE FIFTH SUN? Well, it’s time that changes. We are not dealing with band number thousand in a line of endless melodic Death Metal bands, THE FIFTH SUN is easily better than all those bands in line, and in the mean time are more than capable of reaching the quality of the bands that are claimed to be the genre-leading acts. With tracks such as Upholding the Sacred Truth, Waste of Skin and Burn the Flag you have a few songs that are top class. But the band also displays their diversity on subsequent tracks The Naturalist (which has a calm intro and then more or less explodes) and Pour Fourth the Melody, continuing in the strong Achieving States of Spite of Malice and Our Heads Collide and fantastic closing track The Moment Of Truth. This last track features, next to keyboards by Fredrik Nordström, guest guitar solos by Fredrik Nordström (also guitar player of DREAM EVIL besides his studio work) and Marios Iliopoulos (EXHUMATION, NIGHTRAGE). For a self-financed album (Clouds Block The Sun Inc. is in fact the band) the artwork looks great, with the Mayan symbol on the front cover and a Mayan temple surrounded by clouds on the back (hence the name of Clouds Block The Sun!). It’s really unbelievable that this band has not yet found a record label. They have every quality and more that is needed for a band to succeed yet they remain unnoticed. Everyone with the slightest affinity for Death metal should give the material of THE FIFTH SUN a try, because this band deserves the attention!

Silent Screamzine-Italy

What is a North American band without contract doing in the famous and expensive Fredman Studios? Simple: recording its debut album. Well, so regular this situation is not, but actually also this "The Moment Of Truth" seems everything but a debut album. The Fifth Sun's death metal articulates on a clear American matrix that is essentially based on hyper-technical groups that made riffing and complexity one of their trademarks. Obviously the thoughts run after Morbid Angel, even if they have a personal touch and some edges that come from the historical acts of the American thrash metal scene. The first thing striking our imagination is the extreme accuracy of the compositions: there's no black spots, not a single out of place passage, the instruments run after each other continuously and create several atmospheres and pathos-filled moments, according to the circumstances, but always keeping in mind what the structure of the song is, remaining perennially moving and careful about the balance between relaxed parts and ferocious assaults. The riffing is the secret weapon of The Fifth Sun, but we cannot forget the work of a surgical rhythmical section and especially the singing which, deep and inspired, gives the songs that necessary thickness to turn a death metal band into an instrument of sound massacre. "The Moment of Truth" is an extremely mature and aware work, a first absolute center for a band that will be contract-less for only a short time.
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