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A Storm of Light review at aQuarius Records

As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade‘Latest slab of epic, apocalyptic, psychedelic doom from A Storm Of Light, the project of Josh Graham, who also plays in Red Sparowes, Blood And Time, and of course the psychedelic doom sludge granddaddies of them all Neurosis. So it makes sense that Graham’s project explores similar sonic territory, but where Neurosis is all downtuned crush and bellowed howl, ASOL is more spaced out, more Hawkwind, more melodic, more atmospheric. Even more so than the last full length, As The Valley spends much of its time drifting, and smoldering, hovering and shimmering, but when the songs do lock in, and get heavy, it’s still on the melodic psychedelic side of heavy, the vocals the driving force, way up in the mix, wreathed in echo and delay, giving the sound a bit of a Kyuss vibe, which is definitely not a bad thing, but when the band do crush, the sound MASSIVE, the guitars impossibly heavy, the production epic, but those stretches of extreme heaviness surprisingly brief with the tracks more often than not slipping back into the broodier moodier minimalism that much of the record explores, and those pronounced vocals, and the vocal heavy mix, definitely give this As The Valley a distinctly pop vibe, which probably screams sell out to some, but to us, just makes this less a doom metal record, or a post doom record, or whatever you want to call it, and transforms it into something tougher to pigeonhole, a sort of pop flecked metallic psych, or psychedelic doom pop. But let’s to put too much of an emphasis on the pop element, cuz this stuff is still pretty goddamn heavy, it just happens to have hooks and melodies, and chooses not to bury them, and instead flaunts them, and often lets the melody, instead of the riff, drive the song. Which is actually pretty refreshing…’

via [ aquarius records new arrivals list #373 ].

Get your copy at aQuarius, or when not in the neighbourhood, get it in our Discogs Store on 2LP (Black or Gold) or on 8-panel cd.

A Storm of Light ‘As the Valley of Death Becomes Us’ Full Album Stream (Noisecreep) and vinyl available

a-storm-of-lightFrom Noisecreep.com: A Storm of Light’s ‘As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade’ hits shelves on May 17th, but Noisecreep is thrilled to stream the whole shebang for our readers today. A Storm of Light admit that they made a less “suffocatingly intense record” this time out, but without sacrificing what fans have come to love about them. It’s heavy, arty, and discordant in a Mastodon-ian way, with elements reminiscent of early Soundgarden and Neurosis.

“This time we chose to write a variety of concise and focused songs that all fit together into one album, but didn’t all have the same emotion,” said guitarist Josh Graham, who has previously worked with Neurosis and was in Red Sparrowes. “Before this release, we were more concerned with creating an overall mood or feeling. While I think we made two suffocatingly intense records, this one has made us a better band. For us, the record has a great flow and sort of tells it’s own story as the songs flow. It also makes playing live a lot more fun for us, as the intensity shifts more than ever before.”

Listen to every song on ‘As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade’ by clicking the link below and using the mini-players on the page.

via A Storm of Light ‘As the Valley of Death Becomes Us’ Full Album Stream – Noisecreep.

The album is now available on vinyl in the Burning World Discogs store in gold and black vinyl.

A STORM OF LIGHT: As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us… press release

As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade

PRESS RELEASE
March 30, 2011

For Immediate Release

A STORM OF LIGHT: ‘As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade’ to see release via Burning World

New York City, NY’s A STORM OF LIGHT will see its European (excl. UK) CD and international 2-LP release of their forthcoming album As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade via Burning World Records.

As the Valley of Death Becomes Us,…. is the band’s third discharge featuring multi-faced artist/musician Josh Graham (Neurosis, ex-Red Sparowes / Battle Of Mice) and was co-produced by Joel Hamilton at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. The album artwork was designed and laid out by Josh Graham (Soundgarden, Mastodon, Neurosis, Madonna) and can be seen in detail at this location.

Additionally A STORM OF LIGHT has posted a free MP3 download of a track entitled ‘Collapse’ taken from the forthcoming album at the Profound Lord website and can be obtained via this link

As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade is set for a May 17th 2011 international release date via Burning World. Featuring guest-appearances by Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayi, Jarboe (ex-Swans), Carla Kihlstedt (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), Kris Force (Amber Asylum), Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Skeleton Key) and longtime collaborator Nerissa Campbell.

A STORM OF LIGHT is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band simply contact Jeroen Gelissen at Black Label Support. Stay tuned to this blog and the A STORM OF LIGHT Myspace A Storm of Light, and Facebook Page for forthcoming news and album release information.