Review

Hindsight, the debut offering by Sundergeist, finds its magic in quiet subversion

Sundergeist’s debut offering Hindsight creates a false sense of security before subverting its own expectations in the most wonderful way.

After spending some time playing with local alt-metal band Last One Alive, as well as Metalcore outfit Atlantic, South Ric Shields – aka Sundergeist – decided to revisit the boneyard where his unfinished compositions lay and turn them into Hindsight: an album that resides on the greener pastures of average but finds majesty with moments of masterful genre-bending.

Said genre-bending moments stand out just enough to grab the attention without breaking from what has come before. With a sound defined as eclectic industrial rock-metal by Sundergeist, the album is largely what you’d expect it to be: an eerie, abstract intro track followed by six riff-heavy expressions of disillusionment with all facets of society.

So when the ’80s-tinged EDM break comes in three-and-a-half minutes into “Beyond the Wall” it changes the game completely. Suddenly the whole make-up of the album morphs as you wait for those moments where the tables get turned, another perfect example in “Weatherman” where the Alter Bridge-esque ferocity makes way for a minimalist, almost avant-garde bridge. Sundergeist’s treatment of these moments of fusion that pop up throughout the album, always making them fit in enough to stay true to the composition while also being noticeable enough to grab the ear, is exactly what makes Hindsight so refreshingly unique.