Brooklyn's A Storm of Light is back with their second full-length and the follow-up to 2008's And We Wept the Black Ocean Within.
The record's power comes from a dense melding of melodies, moods, and textures. As heavy and cataclysmic as fans would expect, the devastating effects rely on interwoven melodies and graceful shifts in timbre instead of a stream of identikit riffs.
A Storm of Light is comprised of Josh Graham (Red Sparowes), Domenic Seita (Tombs, Asea), Andy Rice, and Joel Hamilton. On Forgive Us Our Trespasses, they are joined by a host of carefully chosen collaborators that includes vocalist Nerissa Campbell (Primitive North) and Jarboe (Swans, World of Skin, J2); the otherworldly spoken word segues of singer / poet / author Lydia Lunch, and the mournful strings of Carla Kihlstedt (Book of Knots, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Marika Hughes (2 Foot Yard) only enhance the richness.
"[A] rawer attack of a power trio [and] an admirably well-realised, soul-crushing vision of despair."
--Kerrang (4K rating)
"... My Bloody Valentine-style ground-zero volumes with reverberating drums and clanging guitars that sound like ocean liner horns. A powerful and moving experience indeed."
--Metal Hammer (9/10 rating)
"... trappings of crushing guitars, a percussive cymbal wash, and penetrative, slow-motion aural violence that simultaneously tugs at your eco-conscience."