A Storm Of Light
Rating: 7.5 full-length rulers out of 10
There doesn’t seem to be an adequate genre or simple descriptor for the type of metal A Storm Of Light plays, which is unfortunate because it’s honestly the kind of metal I like the best. I guess some folks call it “post-metal,” but it doesn’t seem post-anything. I suppose the thinking is it’s a combination of post-rock and metal, but that still leaves a huge gulf of possibilities, as post-rock is already a label used for a thousand different bands who sound nothing alike (and yes, I’ve used it a ton myself because above all else I’m lazy as shit). Let’s just put it this way – the music is heavy but not super heavy, and the vocals are melodic and clear – think Baroness / Pallbearer, crossed with maybe a little Tool. I’ve honestly never cared much for Tool, but they are undoubtedly an important lynchpin in this type of heavy, melodic…well, post-metal, I guess. I think I’ve now used the word “post” more in this paragraph than any man should who isn’t talking about mail delivery.
All that is to say: “Anthroscene” is really damn good. If you asked me if I was a metal fan I would unequivocally say yes, but the truth is only a couple of metal records (at most) come out a year that really hold my attention – and this is definitely one of them. I find I’m kinda picky when it comes to new metal, but when I do find something I like I’m all in. This is one of those “all in” situations to be sure.