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Thy Light - No Morrow Shall Dawn (2013) - Review

Band: Thy Light
Album title: No Morrow Shall Dawn
Release date: 20 July 2013
Label: Pest Productions

Tracklisting:
01. Suici.De.spair
02. Wanderer Of Solitude
03. No Morrow Shall Dawn (Feat. Tim Yatras)
04. Corredor Seco
05. The Bridge

Brazilian duo Thy Light brought us one of the biggest surprises this year so far and what's even more surprising they did it with their debut album. The band is labeled as a suicidal depressive black metal, but if you ask me there's pretty much more in their music. No Morrow Shall Dawn can be considered as a genre expanding release and easily beats numerous European releases which gave influence and inspiration to them. As saying that it breaks the borders of SDBM I mean that Thy Light can be counted also as an atmospheric metal band or even dark ambient formation, as their musical output is formed by huge atmospheric epic soundscapes and melancholic ambiances, everything based on melodic, yet very depressive black metal foundation with a huge dose of emotions.

Melancholic piano passages, breathtaking orchestrations, gloomy ambiances, acoustic guitars, mind breaking vocals and hellish shrieks, always converging in a well controled melodic black metal devastation, where great guitar leads and dark atmospheres created by amazing use of keyboards and soaring, yet somehow peaceful acoustic guitar lines, makes this release one really enjoyable listen if you are willing to be taken away by "exquisite" depressive momentum. Thy Light have proven themselves not only with great atmospheric music, but also with amazing musicianship, contrary to loads of other bands and projects in the same sector, here it seems that the band with ease takes the listener from one sonic foundation into another, how great is the drum work or mesmerizing are the guitar riffs, not to forget guest vocalist Tim Yatras (Germ ,ex Austere, ex Woods Of desolation, etc) and his clean vocal insertion versus the end of "No Morrow Shall Dawn" that is finalized with violin and piano touches. Also the rest of the tracks follow the same path and I must say that it's really difficult to point out at one track, as all form one entirety. Still, "Wanderer Of Solitude", before mentioned title track and "The Bridge", which is a tribute for the documentary The Bridge (2006) by Eric Steel, are the main points up here, the remaining two tracks are instrumental ambient-atmospheric intro and interlude.

While some devoted black metallers could find this release too much keyboard oriented, I must say that Thy Light found the right balance between those and harsher metal lines, so it could appeal to larger segment of "suiciders". The pace in "real" tracks is often mid tempo, sometimes even slow, but almost never too fast or furious, most of "Wanderer Of Solitude" and the beginning of "The Bridge" are almost at the boarderline of doom metal. Lyrics are dealing with lots of nostalgia, sadness and disappoitnment in life. Production seems just right for this kind of music. Yes, this is an album to be consumed over and over again. Beautiful suicidal musical art!

Away from hope, without life,
like a cosmonaut of gloom
Depraved at heart, with no grit,
dishonored rider of doom

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 9/10

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Band: Horror Vacui
Album title: Return Of The Empire
Release date: 26 October 2014 (digital)/25 April 2015 (EU vinyl release)
Label: Avant! Records, Legion Of The Dead Records, Black Water Records

Treading on the musical and cultural border that links dark punk with goth, Horror Vacui is one of the most singular additions to the current roster of sinister rock bands. With its debut album, In Darkness You Will Feel Alright (2012), they already managed to recover what moths had eaten over decades of boring replicas. They merge elements from deathrock, post-punk and gothic rock with a strong personality into songs that keep intact the band’s punk belligerence. In that sense, Horror Vacui recalls the days when groups like Vex, Lords Of The New Church, UK Decay or The Dark - just to mention a few - freely moved among those shadowy punk-rooted territories, just before they splitted apart into distinct genres. Horror Vacui regains the bygone grandeur of sinister rock from a honest D.I.Y. instinct.

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