The Thirteenth Sun – Stardust

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Aural Music
Released: 2017
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Band line-up:

Barna Radu Liviu – Vocals / Guitar
Muntean Marius – Keys / Synths / Soundscapes / Backing Vocal
Marius Licu – Guitar
Alecu – Bass
Septimiu Harsan – Drums


1. Universus
2. Pathways
3. Planes of Creations
4. Universe is Burning
5. Melting Skies
6. The Fabric of Time
7. Glowing Sun


This Romanian band who came into being in 2011, has just released their debut album of progressive rock mixed with metal. The album will take you on a trip to the stars and beyond, just listen……..

The songs can go from sounding like a 70s  prog band and then all of a sudden, the metal kicks in and it’s a bit jarring, but somehow it works together. You get light, lilting music that would sound great late at night in the dark on headphones, but then a bit of evil sneaks in to harsh your bake and bring a bit of reality back into your life. The death metal cookie monster vocals have never done anything for me, but everything else really hit a home-run for me. The band is tight, has a fun playing style and really can rock out, as well as mellow out when needed. At times this album blows me away,

If you have a desire to hear a great album, this is close, one that will grab you and give you what you want!

Review by Rick Ecker