Music: an expression of humanity, escape, a soundtrack to life, deep passion….
I know people who read this blog would agree with me that metalcore is played out. We wish a movement of Christian stoner/doom/sludge metal bands would emerge in the current scene. But since it hasn’t happened, we’ll (I’ll) continue listening to mainstream stoner metal.
A Storm of Light has been around a couple years and features former members of Neurosis and Red Sparowes. As The Valley of Death is the band’s third full-length record. And if you have any remote interest in doom metal, you should pick this album up. Think along the lines of a less evil sounding Neurosis.
As soon as Missing kicked in, I was hooked. A very driving song with a sick guitar solo (and I love guitar solos). As the Valley never gets too heavy, relying on strong riffs, good melodies, and strong musicianship to carry the album. While not as proggy as Mastodon’s Crack the Skye, it’s a good reference for the textures on As the Valley of Death.
I don’t know how this album compares to A Storm of Light’s previous albums but on its own merit, it’s a killer record. The solos are solid, the songs are strong and never too long. If you’re in need of a good doom metal record, I recommend picking this one up.