Brooklyn, NY doom/post rock experimentalists A STORM OF LIGHT recently returned home from an 18-date European tour in support of their highly acclaimed Forgive Us Our Trespasses full-length, released earlier this year via Neurot Recordings. The trek kicked off at the renowned Damnation Festival in Leeds and concluded in Lisbon at Revolver Bar. The band was joined by Will Lindsay from Wolves In The Throne Room on second guitar and Geoff Summers of Batillus on drums.
Recapped ASOL guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Josh Graham (Neurosis visuals, Blood And Time, Battle Of Mice), "We just returned from our third European tour, and it was a great time for all of us! Playing everywhere from Lisbon to Moscow, we traveled by planes, boats, trains, and even a small stint in tiny rental cars. I kinda thought the major new experiences of touring were in the past, but this one proved to have some amazing turns. From drinking Russian vodka in Moscow, to broken elevators in Switzerland, to cops shutting down our show in Portugal, co-headlining with Minsk was a blast. There is talk that the tour may spark a joint release between both of our bands. We shall see."
A STORM OF LIGHT will play a special Brooklyn Vegan-sponsored year-end show in Brooklyn, NY with Coalesce. Tri-state area people! Don't miss it!
Date: December 30, 2009
Venue: Europa Night Club
98 Meserole Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Coalesce . Coliseum
A STORM OF LIGHT
My Skull Your Closet . Tournament
Doors: 7:30 pm
More info: http://www.europaclub.com
In related news, Forgive Us Our Trespasses is currently available as a double LP on colored vinyl. Check out the US and Euro versions here:
For ordering info, visit: http://www.neurotrecordings.com/detail.aspx?ID=184
Equal parts funerary lament and celebration, Forgive Us Our Trespasses represents a series of brutal acts of beauty that surge and combine to announce a great sweeping aside, a reclamation of all that is lost before the tides calm, the land settles and the long, peaceful period of healing and rebirth may begin, a sense of quiet triumph descending upon the shattered, empty cities that must now simply lie and wait while the sun slowly gutters out and all is once again cold and dark and still.
"Forgive Us Our Trespasses (love the artwork, by the way) for all intents and purposes, falls under the metalgaze category. Absent are those dreamy, uber-melodic moments that Isis and Rosetta love, but the stark, oftentimes minimal nature of these songs allows for some truly striking moments, just check out the opening 'Alpha' and grueling 'Tempest.'" -- Blistering
"Quality epic metal is quite an effort to get right and this band have done a superb job with this release." -- Blogcritics
"If you like doom/sludge metal and post rock, definitely give this effort a shot as it has some absorbing arrangements that are sure to remain with you after you are done listening." -- Cosmos Gaming
"Despite Graham's lyrical insight and guest appearances by Lydia Lunch and Jarboe, it's Forgive Us Our Trespasses' transcendentally rich doom that offers thrifty apocalypse enthusiasts way more value than, say, Roland Emmerich's 2012." -- Decibel
"...this time A STORM OF LIGHT climb a couple of extra rungs, adding a new sense of urgency to their dense sound. Fans of epic, sorrowful, cataclysmic and panoramic metal, take note." -- Montreal Mirror
"The overall tone is oppressively heavy and where the shifts between ambient and crushing were predictable and unsatisfying on And We Wept the Black Ocean Within, here they’re blended together for a new brand of musical heft that sets A STORM OF LIGHT apart from generic B-list post-metallers and shows the true potential of the band." -- Stonerrock.com