RISING SUNSET emerged on the Maltese local scene at the end of 2001, the band has been living in a period of studio recordings, interviews & live performances.
With every new album RISING SUNSET pushes the boundaries by reinventing their distinctive style, and nothing seems to stop the band on their rise although they had to face various line-up changes. Their motto says it all: 'NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER'
With their previous album 'EQUINOX', seen by many reviewers as a true milestone in symphonic power metal, RISING SUNSET seemed to have found the perfect musical combination between symphony and metal music.
This time RISING SUNSET morphed from power metal to Symphonic Gothic Metal and once again raised their hats with their upcoming 3rd album called 'DECRETUM'. Full of old school metal hymns, momentous lyrics, tempo impetuoso, powerful guitar riffing, Christa's soprano voice, and Carlo's growling voice gave another dimension to the songs. Again it is an album which has to brew into the mind of the audience, so make sure to give it a couple of spins to get the whole picture. However, this time around it there is this huge contrasts which make 'DECRETUM' stick out when compared to EQUINOX.
The upcoming album will take you on a journey through brutal metal, sweet melodies, technical instrumental opuses, orchestration, male and female vocal ranges, solid drumming catchy tunes followed by intricate songwriting.
All of this is actually an accumulation of individual talent, as RISING SUNSET happens to have some of the finest local musicians around. Sergio Bellizzi, an experienced local drummer in the metal scene, supported by the solidness of bass player Cliff Smith. The old school guitarist and death metal follower Carlo Calamatta as main rhythm/solo guitarist & deep growler. The symphonic and classically oriented keyboardist Ian Spiteri who is also responsible for all the keys arrangements. And last but not least front-woman Christa Calamatta, who has an extremely diverse, unique and enchanting soprano voice.
The line-up comprises of:
Christa Calamatta: Main vocals
Carlo Calamatta: Lead / Rhythm guitars & growl Vox
Joseph Camilleri: Rhythm guitar & scream vox
Clifford Smith: Bass guitar
Ian Spiteri: Keyboards
Frederick Bowman: Drums
released May 5, 2016
Rising Sunset was founded in 2001 when Carlo Calamatta started a side project as a studio based band. Over the past 15 years the band went through various line-up changes bringing about as many changes in musical direction. Originally it started as a Symphonic Power metal act, producing the first EP ‘RHEMA’ which was followed up with the first full length album ‘EQUINOX’. However Rising Sunset has now embraced a darker and heavier sound in the Gothic realm with a soprano voice together with a male growling/ screaming voices. Members Carlo Calamatta (Guitars & growls), Christa Calamatta (Lead Vocals), Sergio Bellizzi (Drums), Clifford Smith (Bass) and Ian Spiteri (Keyboards) joined forces to produce the third release ‘DECRETUM’ (To be released May 2016). In the interim the band released ‘The Battle of Thermopylae’ as a digital single in order to showcase the new direction.
Soon after the recording of the 3rd album, Sergio Bellizzi (drums) had to part ways due to work commitments and introduced Frederick Bowman as the new official drummer. Frederick is a versatile musician and matched the style perfectly. During the same period, Joseph Camilleri (Carnivorous Horde) was approached by the members to join as a second guitarist and backing/scream vocals. Joseph is featured on the track “Desert Fathers” (Decretum) for which a Lyric Video was also released.
Rising Sunset participated in various local Metal Festivals such as Shellshock, Extreme Metal Assault (XMA), Metal over Malta and performed many other gigs. Rising Sunset had also the pleasure to play alongside Draconian, Helevorn, Doomas and Daylight Mysery at Metal over Malta Festival 2015. Currently the band is looking for opportunities to perform overseas with the intent of broadening their musical experience and reach out to their fans in Europe.