Nations To Flames
Review by Adam M on November 3, 2013.
A Storm Of Light performs a style of metal that is distinctly similar to the bands Neurosis and Mastodon. There is an apocalyptic mood that occupies a large portion of this disc and gives it a distinctive atmosphere. The songs also have a tribal feel that is largely reminiscent of the aforementioned bands.
The use of crushing percussion and riffing techniques mean the album will have a massive sonic impact on the listener. Add in catchiness to the mixture and there are obvious similarities to be drawn to Mastodon. However, there are some subtle and sometimes malevolent moments that are closer to Neurosis in sound. Vocally, the album isn’t as astonishing with a mediocre delivery that gets overshadowed by superior performances instrumentally. There are many standout tracks on the album such as 'Dead Flags' and the stellar closer 'The Year Is One'. This album is actually more enjoyable than recent material from Mastodon, but still not as good as the best of Neurosis. Song-writing is solid throughout with very few drops in quality or power.
There haven’t been many releases of this type this year, "Nations To Flames" was a welcome entry for certain. People looking for Sludge, Post or Atmospheric Metal will find a lot to like with this offering. Atmosphere, catchiness and musical force are delivered in equal force and these elements in particular make this an incredibly enjoyable listen. It’s a little too similar to some metal sub-genres, but the quality on offer makes up for this negative. A Storm Of Light is definitely a band I will be checking out more in the future.
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Rating: 8.4 out of 10