Tuesday, 5 July 2011

A Storm of Light - As The Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade (2011)

A Storm of Light have always threatened to break
out of the post-rock genre and with this album,
have blown it out of the water.

With songs that do not just rely on loud/soft
passages, this brings in Sludge/Doom, experimental
ambient and big doses of metallic heaviness.

Bringing in Kim Thayli from Soundgarden to wail
his trademark riffing over some of the tracks gives
an almost traditional rock feel to them, stopping the
meandering that can bog down so many post-rock songs.

Don't get me wrong, the tracks are still long but much
more focused and intense.

Josh Graham's distintive vocals are very much evident
and the drumming from Billy Graves approaches epic

The overall feel to the album is of controlled menace
with shuddering bursts of power.

If you like this band, be prepared to like them even more.

If you have never really got into this sort of stuff, give it
a listen as I cannot see anyone else coming up with something
to better this until the long awaited new Neurosis comes out.

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