Apocalyptic metal band A STORM OF LIGHT have completed work on their new album, entitled “As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade.”
Formed by multi-faced artist/musician Josh Graham (Neurosis, ex-Red Sparowes/Battle Of Mice), A STORM OF LIGHT have become a whole new musical entity on its own merits, taking singer/guitarist Graham’s experiences from his previous musical repertoire and finding its own unique voice through the vessel known as A STORM OF LIGHT.
With their third album at hand, not only is “As The Valley Of Death…” A STORM OF LIGHT’s heaviest and most dynamic release to date, but it is also A STORM OF LIGHT’s most song-oriented and most musically inclined release to date. While still maintaining certain elements referenced from their previous two releases, elements which ranged from moments of sludge/doom metal, ambient experimental, classic industrial, and post rock and metal respectively, “As The Valley Of Death…” sees the band (rounded out by bassist Domenic Seita, drummer Billy Graves, and Joel Hamilton on synthesizers and production) focusing more on solid traditional song structures and foundations, ones found in genres such as rock (AC/DC), modern-day rock (Queens Of The Stone Age), and ultimately classic traditional metal, most notably the template laid down by Metallica.
And to top it all off, “As The Valley Of Death…” sees a fair share of musician guest appearances likewise. Most notably SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil lending his signature guitar shredding on the tracks ‘Missing’ and ‘Black Wolves’.
Also appearing on “As The Valley Of Death…” are Jarboe (ex-Swans), longtime ASOL collaborator Nerissa Campbell, Kris Force (Amber Asylum), Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum/The Book Of Knots), and Carla Kihlstedt (also of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum/The Book Of Knots).
To be released on May 17th and the 23th (in North America and the UK respectively, Burning World Records will handle the rest of Europe), tracklisting for “As The Valley Of Death…” goes as follows:
01. Missing (feat Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell)
02. Collapse(feat Jarboe)
03. Black Wolves (feat Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell)
04. Destroyer (feat Carla Kihlstedt)
05. Wretched Valley
07. Leave No Wounds
08. Death's Head (feat Jarboe)
09. Wasteland (feat Kris Force, Matthias Bossi, and Nerissa Campbell)