We go now to Finland for the post metal/doom band, Devastating Light and their new release, I Have Already Failed You. The release clocks in at just over 28 minutes with 3 devastating tracks.
I like the fact the tracks are simply named, “Part 1,” “Part 2,” and “Part 3.” This removes context and allows the listener’s imagination to drift and interpret the music and words in and of themselves.
“Part One” starts out with some ominous background noise and what sounds either like treated clean guitar or keyboard notes. Then enters the devastation with a crushing blow. Asphyx or Ghost Bath style vocals follow with the slow, repeating guitar pattern. It definitely straddles the line between post-metal and doom without question. But fortunately this record, we can already tell will not be able to be simply put into a “box.” There are sections where just the bass and drums are allowed to breath which, without question adds to the ominous effect. “Part One” ends as it began but with far more ferocity and power.
Much could be said similarly about “Part Two” but here’s what we begin to really notice by the end of this part. It’s pretty clear that Devastating Light not only know what notes to play and where to play them. They are also clearly mindful of when it’s appropriate to NOT play them, leaving an instrument to speak on it’s own. Oddly, this adds to the crushing effect… maybe not sonically but certainly, emotionally.
“Part Three” is pretty similar but bears some interesting chord combinations that don’t appear previously. It’s a little bit like what Alcest does in terms of unique chord combination. There’s also an odd feeling of old stoner/doom bands similar to Pentagram herein.
I think there’s definitely something here for fans of doom metal/post-metal and some styles in between. Again, Devastating Light can’t really be put into a box as what they are doing is pretty unique unto themselves.
Available on cassette, CD and digital formats