A Storm of Light
Nations To Flames
At first, I was under the impression this was going to be another ordinary post metal band and even listened to the opening track “Fall” not finding myself all that impressed. But when I kept listening, something quite amazing happened… this album got really fucking interesting. And by that, I mean that it started to incorporate unexpected influences from Killing Joke and Ministry. “Omen” is one of that statement’s greatest examples, as well as “Disintegrate” which continues to separate A Storm Of Light from every other post metal band on the planet. As a reviewer, I get quite a bit of different metal acts to review and that includes several post metal bands which all seem to have the same crunching guitar rhythms and sense of atmosphere, which is by no means a bad thing – but it starts to give you an expectation of the genre and it’s nice to see some guys thinking outside the box every once in a while.
Naturally this mix of Killing Joke, Ministry and Neurosis might not sit well with everyone, but there are still great post metal tracks like “Apostles Of Hatred” and “The Fore Sermon” that still feature a little bit of slowdown and atmosphere. Yet they also feature more kick than I have been hearing from the genre as of late. The production on the disc is very thick with fuzz and warmth, making the thrash elements hot enough to melt thick ice during a raging blizzard.
Hands down, A Storm Of Light is probably one of the biggest surprises in metal that I’ve heard in years. When I first began to play the disc, I had no idea that great music like this was going to pour out from my speakers and I was ever glad for it. I don’t know who these guys are and where they came from; but I do know for certain that I want to hear more music from them. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that these guys will replace Killing Joke or Ministry, but they are certainly borrowing from the right acts. There’s a real gem in Nations To Flames, and I really hope that this album doesn’t go too far under your radar. It’s without a doubt one of the most intriguing post metal releases of the year. (Eric May)
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