Sunday Soundcheck: Set 037

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This week...

Year of No Light

Vampyr - 2004

Ausserwelt - 2010

Nord - 2006

Origin Point:

Sounds Like:
Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Post Metal, Post Rock, Drone, Doom, Progressive, Experimental

Year Of No Light is a French band whose sound has evolved significantly with each release so far. Starting with a harsh sludge demo in 2004, these tracks evolved into the impressive aggressive atmospheric sludge sound of their first release, Nord. Their follow-up is much more expansive animal, with four tracks taking up nearly fifteen minutes each. In 2013 they went in another direction entirely, coming up with a haunting deconstruction to accompany the 1932 film Vampyr; an instrumental soundtrack release that borders between doom-drone, ambient, and post-metal; an appropriately disconcerting aesthetic permeates throughout the release that builds to a crushing, spine-tingling crescendo.

Of the three releases here, Ausserwelt is the most accessible to those wishing for an introduction to their material.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages. If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.

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ParallelDeviant's avatar
 :iconloveandmusic:    I can understand people loving this kind of music - It has a lovely full sound, absorbing and hypnotic!! Nice!!!!!  :iconloveandmusic: