With its imminent release now less than a week away, today Noisecreep presents A STORM OF LIGHT‘s smoldering Nations to Flames album in its entirety! Featuring Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Indian/Nachtmystium’s Will Lindsay on select tracks, A STORM OF LIGHT‘s Nations to Flames centers itself around the apex of human failure and bears witness to the fall of all governments, all nations, and all religions.
Appropriately christened “the soundtrack to our damnation,” in a near perfect review by About.com, who further boasts, “… A STORM OF LIGHT have an intensity that burns with the fire of creativity and artfulness while still relaying the message of how seriously doomed mankind is,” Nations to Flames finds A STORM OF LIGHT at their most volatile, both musically and conceptually. In a 4/5 review, Music Emissions opines, “…dark themes of drowning, destruction and despair are perfectly suited to A STORM OF LIGHT‘s impressively pressurized sound… the group’s haunting harmonic drone meshing guitar, vocals and subtle keyboard layers gives listeners a sense of slow suffocation in waves of noise rather than straightforward pummeling,” while Ghost Cult elaborates in an 8/10 score, “Neurosis and early Mastodon are the clearest reference points, but there are plenty of other influences that can be felt through; the sludge of Crowbar or The Melvins (‘Fall,’ ‘You Are The Hunted’), High On Fire’s relentless pummeling (‘The Fire Sermon’) and even Killing Joke’s industrial-tinged aggression (‘Dead Flags,’ ‘Omen’). The machine gun drumming and raw shredding, topped with [Josh] Graham’s throaty bark create a frantic, chaotic weight that reaches almost headache-inducing pressure at times.”
Experience Nations to Flames, courtesy of Noisecreep, at THIS LOCATION.
Nations to Flames was recorded with Travis Kammeyer (OCOAI, Generation Of Vipers) at Fahrenheit Studios in Johnson City, Tennessee, mixed with Matt Bayles (Isis, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Botch, Mastodon) at Red Room Recording in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.
Nations to Flames will be released in North America via Southern Lord Recordings on September 17, 2013. For preorders, point your browser HERE.
“It’s big and it’s clear, but it retains that rawness that’s so essential to this type of metal. Sonically speaking it reminds me a lot of Mastodon’s Leviathan…” – MetalSucks on the track, “Fall”